Relaxation & Improved Flexibility
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
Decreased Deep Muscle 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.
Recovery & Injury Treatment
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.
A consultation with the therapist that would include an Intake interview along with a Postural Assessment and Range of Motion Testing to see what areas are being impacted because of what sport. After the patient and therapist decide on a treatment plan the therapist would begin the massage by applying Cold or Hot Stones or even a combination of both to relieve tension and pain and stimulate circulation of blood through the muscles to allow for quicker healing time and relaxation of the muscle fibers. Cold Stones alone may be used for areas of muscle inflammation, and swelling as well. Additionally, we would use one of two of our "icy hot" type ointments to help relieve pain and tension. One is by the brand doTerra called, "Deep Blue." It is made with Certified Pure Grade Essential Oils (CPTG), and the second is an organic pain relieving CBD cream used with a combination of Menthol and Camphor. We do not charge for the use of these products during the massage. We would also (depending on the injury or need of the client) additionally implement the use of warm towels. Some of the strokes/modalities that we would use in this type of massage are, but definitely not limited to the following:
• Manual Manipulation
• Manual Traction
• Trigger Point Technique
• Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation
• Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Comfort & Relaxation
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.
Rest assured, at Still Point, we are comfortable massaging our clients at any point of their pregnancy and during all three trimesters for a healthy pregnancy. However, please make sure to check with your physician before scheduling a Pregnancy Massage with us if:
You have high blood pressure that is not being controlled with medication
High Risk pregnancy concerns such as; congenital heart disease, preeclampsia or placental abruption.
Recent Injury or surgery
Recent organ transplant
Diabetes or other circulatory issues
Kidney or liver disease
Our therapists are trained in the use of our two styles of pregnancy pillows, and are also trained on the safety and contraindications that may impact a pregnant patient during a massage therapy session.
Pain Relief & 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. Unlike other studios who allow LMT's to perform cupping on any clients, we only allow cuping fom LMT's certified with at least 100 hours of education in cupping and have a certification to perform the modality on our patients.
Circulation & Pain Relief
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.
Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy
Deep Tissue Without Discomfort
Elongates Muscles and Detoxifies
Frees Up Bundled Nerves
Improves Posture and Decreases Pain
Ashiatsu is not suitable for everyone
Due to the compressive nature of Ashiatsu massage, therapists must take extra precaution with certain client conditions. This a just a hand full of conditions that would be contraindicated for receiving an ashiatsu treatment. However, a certified therapist will have full knowledge of all contraindications for ashiatsu and how to best address their client needs. Pregnancy or trying to conceive, Contagious skin disorders. Recent injuries/surgeries Auto Immune disorders Compromised immune system, High/Low blood pressure, Acute liver/ kidney disorders, Advanced Diabetes