Medical Massage is our specialty! Whether dealing with a chronic, acute, or traumatic injury our goal is to decrease pain and tension and promote healing and wellness. Medical Massage is covered by most insurance companies, including Personal Injury Protection as part of your Auto Insurance benefits.
When people are describing massage, they usually are describing the Swedish Massage technique. Swedish Massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes, in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The Massage Therapist may also use circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, and stretching as part of your treatment. The goals and benefits of Swedish Massage are many including whole body, increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage can be similar to Swedish Massage in terms of techniques, but focuses on the deeper soft tissues of the body. Adhesions, scar tissue, "knots, and muscle tension from injury can all be addressed with this type of massage.
Sports Massage focuses on injury prevention, recovery, and pathology healing for athletes. Limitations in Range of Motion and pain can affect an athletes performance and put them at higher risk for further injury - Sports Massage addresses these issues. Techniques vary based on the goals for the Sports Massage, but common techniques utilized are:
Effleurage - Long strokes in the direction of the heart to improve lymph and venous flow.
Friction - Short strokes in a linear direction to muscle/tendinous tissue with the goal of breaking up scar tissue and adhesions.
Petrissage - kneading motions to relax muscles and improve circulation.
Cupping Therapy is a treatment that consists of applying cups to the skin and creating a suction that lifts the skin. Cupping Therapy is currently used in over 60 countries to treat a broad spectrum of conditions such as headaches, musculoskeletal pain, infections, insect bites, hypertension, respiratory conditions, skin disorders, and digestive issues.
Prenatal Massage is an excellent way to increase relaxation and promote overall wellness for "mom's to be." Positioning the body in a way that is comfortable while providing gentle massage techniques is effective in reducing pain and muscle tension, encouraging improved blood and lymph circulation, decreased stress and anxiety, and improving sleep.
Vascular Flushing is a tried-and-true method for reducing pain, increasing circulation, and decreasing inflammation to improve healing of an injured area. Since our circulatory system is designed to respond to changes in temperature the rapid change from warm/hot to cold temperatures helps to quickly open and close tiny capillaries in our body. Warmth causes the capillaries to open, while cold causes them to close. Repeated application of cold followed by warmth the injured area creates a pumping action of the blood vessels thereby decreasing swelling and inflammation, as well as pain.