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Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, it's purpose is to un stick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.

Lomilomi Massage
Hawaiian for "rub rub", Lomilomi is a massage technique that's been handed down from ancient Hawaiian healers. Spiritual in nature, the technique was formalized by Hawaiian-born nurse, Margaret Machado. The stroke used are similar to the shiatsu technique of Japan but are gentler and shorter. Pressure with the fingers at certain points is also part of the technique, but is is of shorter duration than most acupressure. Two identifying techniques of authentic Lomilomi are the emphasis on spirit/body connection and the use of the forearm and elbow as a massage tool.

Hot Stone Massage
A style of massage therapy in which water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the client's body to promote relaxation and to help open up the merdians (energy pathways). Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations. Cool stones are sometimes used alternately with hot stones. Massage oils are usually incorporated into the massage treatment.

AromaTouch Massage
This 75 minute AromaTouch technique was created to minimize four factors in daily life: stress, toxic insult, inflammation & autonomic imbalance. The AromaTouch technique works to restore homeostasis &minimize the impact of these factors. A 60 minute massage is followed by a 15 minute application of several different blends of pure essential oils on meridian points on the back & feet. The AromaTouch technique can also be added to other treatments for an additional charge.

Myofascial Release Therapy
All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a Saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Developed in the late 1960's by John Barnes, Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.

Prenatal Massage
Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, literally meaning "finger pressure" in Japanese, and has been practiced for more than a thousand years in Japan. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds on specific points along the body's meridians by using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. A session my also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.

Sports Massage
This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well being.

Raindrop Technique®
Transcend your troubles through this delicate treatment. This essential oils therapy incorporates gentle touch along with specific reflexology points to bring balance and wellness to your entire being. Indulge as nine essential oils are dripped, echoing raindrops, along the spine. Raindrop Technique® is designed to encourage the spine to release tension and toxins while infusing it with deeply transformative herbal oils. This essential oils set is hand selected and inspired by the high mountain healing of the Himalayas. Ease your mind and heart while relaxing your body. Sink deeply into rest, calm, and freedom as your worries are washed away. Emerge renewed.

Reflexology
An ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage (usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears) to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may alleviate stress and other health problems.

Trigger Point
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.
Trigger point massage (also known as myotherapy) is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.

Neuromuscular
A form of deep tissue massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used to increase blood flow, reduce pain and release pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. Neuromuscular massage helps release trigger points.

Watsu®
Combining water and Shiatsu, Watsu is a form of aquatic bodywork that focuses on stretching and massaging movements whilst your body is submerged in warm water. As the buoyancy of the water takes the weight off your feet (and your vertebrae), you’ll be guided through a series of stretches to help promote flexibility and improve your spine’s suppleness



WaterDance®
This is an advanced Watsu® technique in which the receiver is wearing a nose plug and is guided under water. Elements of Aikido, rocking, dolphin movements are combined into a beautiful dance. Sequences above and below the water change rhythmically depending on breathing capacity. Deep states of relaxation and meditation may occur.

Orthobionomy/Positional Release
Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. The practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns.

IET (Integrated Energy Therapy)
Integrated Energy Therapy Sessions are a gentle hands­on­healing technique that use light touch on 13 trigger points along the head, neck, shoulders, and side body to release negative cellular memory and replace it with a positive opposite. This technique is excellent for anyone clearing the smallest heartbreak to years of abuse or trauma. The best part of this technique is that you are not required to relive the trauma in order to release and heal it.
Effects of IET included increased clarity, calm, and joy in life, as well as, a sense of rebalance, empowerment, and ease.

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