Here Is A Breakdown Of Our Services
Services: What Is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is one of the services that most often comes to mind when people think of massage. First, Swedish massage introduces deep relaxation the entire body. This is achieved by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Also, Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood. In addition, it decreases muscle toxins, and improves circulation and flexibility. Subsequently the result is less tension.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine published an interesting study in The New York Times. This study found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of cortisol. Cortisol is the main stress hormone. In addition they saw a decreased level of arginine vasopressin. This is a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Finally, they also discovered an increase in the number of lymphocytes. These are the white blood cells that are part of the immune system. In conclusion, this showed a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
How Does It Work?
Swedish massage services include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms. This involves firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, and bending and stretching. Also, communication is encouraged, before and during your Swedish massage session. Good communication will help your therapist customize your session to meet your needs!
Services: What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Some of the strokes and techniques are similar to those used in Swedish Massage. However the movement is generally slower. In addition the pressure is deeper and targeted to areas of tension and pain. Finally, this technique reaches the sub layers of muscle and fascia, or connective tissue.
How Does it Work?
First, Deep Tissue Massage addresses chronic muscle tension and or injuries. Often we see adhesions which are bands of painful rigid tissue in muscles, tendons and or ligaments. Subsequently, these adhesions block circulation, causing pain, limiting movement, and resulting in inflammation. The muscles need to be relaxed first, in order for your therapist to reach the deeper musculature.
More Services: What Is AromaTouch Technique?
AromaTouch is one of our favorite services to offer. This technique applies certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine and soles of the feet. This relieves stress, inflamation, pain, and provides immune system support. In addition, it helps the body come into a state of balance. The oils are gently stroked in with a specific light touch. Also, AromaTouch can be a stand alone service, or it can be done as a prelude to massage. Once you experience AromaTouch, massage will never be the same!
List Of Oils Used In AromaTouch
- BALANCE: a blend of spruce, frankincense, blue tansy (a member of the chamomile family) and rosewood. These are calming to the central nervous system, soothing to the senses and emotions, and very relaxing.
- LAVENDER: calming, soothing, promotes relaxation.
- MELALEUCA (‘tea tree’): gentle yet powerfully anti-fungal, cleansing, germacidal, supports immune system.
- ON GUARD: a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary. These are very anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral to support the immune system. Additionally, Eucalyptus and Rosemary are powerful for respiratory support.
- AROMATOUCH: a blend of Cypress, Marjoram, Basil, Lavender, Grapefruit and Peppermint which supports circulation, the lymphatic system, and is calming and relaxing to muscles and joints.
- DEEP BLUE: a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysm and Osmanthus which is anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
- WILD ORANGE: supports immune system, elevates mood, balancing
- PEPPERMINT: invigorating, synergestic — when used last amplifies the effects of the other oils.