Massage Therapy


Massage therapy includes a broad range of modalities, having its origins in the healing traditions of nearly every culture worldwide. As one of the most accessible healing arts, massage therapy has applications in all phases of life.
Therapeutic sessions at our clinic are customized to address the unique concerns of each individual, and may include the specialty techniques described below. Every effort is made to allow for the complete comfort of each patient, and treatments may be adapted to be performed over clothing or with alternative positioning such as seated or side-lying.

Myofascial Release- This type of manual therapy works to address structural imbalance arising from restriction in the body’s connective tissues. Myofascial release is particularly useful for muscles and ligaments that are shortened by long-term postural stress, repetitive injury, or scar tissue.

Neuromuscular Therapy- This is a form of deep tissue massage designed to resolve chronic pain patterns from muscular injury and overuse. Areas of localized restriction are identified and static pressure is applied to increase blood flow and improve healing time.

Shiatsu- Developed in Japan, Shiatsu is a form of massage that is based on oriental medicine theory. Finger pressure, palm pressure, passive stretching, and other massage techniques are used to restore movement and blood flow to areas of the body that have become restricted. Shiatsu is often performed over loose clothing.

Tuina- This form of massage arose out of the practice of Chinese Medicine. Similar to Shiatsu, Tuina works to support proper physiological function by stimulating blood flow and nervous function in areas where it is applied. Tuina can aslo be done over loose clothing.

Cupping- Massage cups create an area of negative pressure over the area where they are applied, thereby stimulating the movement of blood and lymphatic fluid. Cupping is one of the oldest known folk remedies. Originally made from ceramic and bamboo, many cultures have used cups to stimulate immune system and promote healing. In modern days, this therapy has gained favor for its ability to enhance detoxification protocols and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Pregnancy Massage– Massage is a wonderful way to ease the transitions that occur with motherhood. Pregnancy massage is done in the second and third trimesters to help the body adapt to the demands of carrying a growing child. Massage techniques are used to reduce fluid retention, alleviate back and joint pain, and reduce stress. Therapy continued post-partum can speed recovery from labor, promote restful sleep, facilitate nursing and ease depression.

Reflexology- This therapeutic approach works by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system via the hands and feet. The parasympathetic nervous system is distributed throughout the entire body and has a profound ability to counteract the negative health affects imposed by chronic stress. Systemic complaints such as headaches, digestive problems, sleep disturbance, and endocrine dysfunction can all be addressed using this therapy.