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Types of Massage/Bodywork

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Cranio-sacral: The subtle rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid creates tangible movement throughout the body and specifically in the bones of the skull. While the therapist evaluates the movements of the various cranial bones, extremely light pressure is applied to influence release of the soft tissue that houses the spinal cord. Dramatic relaxation throughout the central nervous system may result.

Deep Tissue Massage: A coined phrase that signifies strong area specific bodywork with client feedback as opposed to passive relaxation massage. Deep tissue includes but is not limited to sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, and rolfing. Little to no lubrication is used to more precisely address the deeper neuro-muscular structure below the surface.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): Deep tissue work which evaluates patterns of discomfort to determine which muscles are distorting alignment to cause pain, and releases these muscles systematically, layer by layer.

Orthopedic Massage: A style of bodywork that focuses on injury rehabilitation by gently realigning and repositioning muscles and muscle groups particularly at the tendonous junctions of bone and tissue.

Pregnancy Massage: Nurturing for the mother-to-be, this work relieves the physical stress of her changing body and hormones and provides a meditative space in which to attune with her child. Can be deep or light depending on the need. Usually side lying supported with pillows and on one's back.

Reflexology (foot): A study of the reflexes of the feet corresponding to every part of the body. Working on these reflexes relaxes tension and helps the body to seek its own equilibrium.

Reiki: A technique which channels and directs the universal life energy/prana/chi on all levels of mind, body and spirit to reestablish balance and healing. Reiki works by laying on of hands or by moving energy in the body without direct physical touch. (Little or no pressure is used.)

Swedish Massage: Swedish is for relaxation and to assist the body in healing. It helps alleviate stress and stiffness in the body. Typically a series of long strokes over the muscle tissue provide a soothing meditative experience.

Shiatsu Massage: Pressure point therapy and gentle stretching based on acupuncture principles. The breath is used rhythmically to facilitate energy flow throughout the body.

Sports Massage: A vigorous form of massage tailored to athletes and active people that combines stretching, trigger point work and rocking and shaking to stimulate the body and promote quicker recovery after exercise.

Trigger Point : Specific irritant or sore points throughout the body are treated with direct downward pressure to bring relief and stimulation. No oil is used.

Ron Nestor, Massage Manager

* Combinations of the modes above can and usually are included in the same appointment *

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