:: a sound mind in a sound body ::
Myofascial Release Technique:
One of the most effective massage treatments to help release long-standing tension held within the body, Myofascial Release Technique (or MRT) addresses chronic patterns held within the fascia (an interwoven connective tissue web found throughout the entire body) due to either physical or emotional trauma, postural imbalance, or excessive musculoskeletal inflammation. This particular type of connective tissue (fascia) surrounds nearly every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body, to provide support, protection, and an interconnecting network between all structures where it is found, so by simply working in one area of the body can indirectly affect another in a positive way and help to bring the entire holistic system into a more interrelated, functional relationship.
Deep Tissue Therapy:
Similar to myofascial release work, Deep Tissue Therapy is a focused massage designed to locate and release deeper, long-standing myofascial adhesions (commonly referred to as "knots") which brings greater freedom of movement to areas that have been chronically held tight, painful, and limited in range of motion. Excellent for addressing chronic pain and muscle tension, Deep Tissue Therapy incorporates a series of deep compessions in which pressure is slowly increased as the muscles and connective tissues begin to relax and unwind. A Deep Tissue sessi0n focuses on one or two primary areas within a single session and uses very little oil or lotion to increase therapeutic results.
This modality is also excellent for reducing scar tissue, including post-surgery scars and scar tissue resulting from previous muscle, tendon, and/or ligament injuries and tears.
Trigger Point Therapy:
A trigger point occurs when one or more bands of muscle tissue become locked in a continuous state of contraction, or in the "on" position, causing a loss of oxygen and blood flow made available to that area which can either result in sharp (acute) or dull (chronic) pain experienced in that particular area or even much further away from the trigger point's source (ex. A trigger point that is located in the back may be felt as pain in the neck, and thus, neck pain can be relieved by focusing to release its origin source in the back, not only at the neck!).
This treatment is designed to alleviate the source of pain through a series of specific, isolated high-intensity pressure and release techniques, whereby the recipient actively participates to help identify the exact location and sensitivity level of their trigger point, managed by facilitated deep breathing techniques and often combined with gentler circulatory massage techniques throughout to help calm and relax the nervous system.
Through the active releasing of trigger points, the pain cycle caused by them can be broken, bringing significant relief can be experienced after just a single treatment.
An extremely relaxing full-body massage that helps to increase circulation, detoxify the body, and boost immune system functioning by moving blood and lymph throughout the muscles and entire body.
A moderate amount of oil or lotion is applied to promote greater ease of massage flow, with the added benefit of rejuvenating the skin.
Long, flowing strokes can vary between invigorating (Swedish style, light to medium pressure), to very slow and calming (Esalen Style, medium to firm pressure) depending on your preference.
Acupressure derives from a very ancient system in Chinese medicine dating back over 2,500 years. It is based on the principles of acupuncture, using the same meridian pathways and points on the body as in acupuncture needling, but are instead stimulated with finger pressure. Acupressure is used to relieve a wide variety of symptoms and pain by influencing the proper movement of chi (energy) throughout energetic pathways in the body.
Acupressure massage can be very effective both for prevention, as well as a complementary treatment for many health conditions, including allergies, asthma, headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, menstrual cramps, sprains, tennis elbow, muscle weakness, fatigue, among many others.
These acupressure points can also be stimulated to increase energy and feelings of well-being, reduce stress, stimulate the immune system, and alleviate sexual dysfunction.
Aromatherapy (Raindrop Technique):
Raindrop Technique uses a combined sequence of single therapeutic grade essential oils which are immune enhancing and known to support the body's natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. These oils, being high in antioxidants, are also mood elevating and antiseptic, creating an unfavorable environment for harmful viruses and bacteria that can invade the body. Essential oils are also known to boost stamina and energy, stimulate the relaxation response and help with stress management, and promote greater overall health, vitality, and longevity. The combined single oils used in this technique include:
Thyme, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress, Peppermint, Basil, and Marjoram
The oils are "dropped" from a height of about 6 inches above the back, which is where Raindrop Technique gets its name. The oils are then massaged along the spine and back muscles and are also applied to the feet.
The entire session takes about an hour and may continue to work in the body for up to an entire week following the session.
*All essential oils used are therapeutic grade DoTerra oils.
Sensory Repatterning is a motion-based bodywork technique that explores the natural movement of each individual through rhythmic rocking, cradling, and passive joint movement. A great joy to receive, Sensory Repatterning is a deeply relaxing and meditative experience, reminding us of our potential for movement and inviting us to new possibilities of expressive freedom that can be felt and experienced within the body.