Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility, and promote relaxation. The therapist generally uses massage cream to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is performed with the client covered by a sheet, a technique called “draping”. One part of the body is uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to the next part of the body. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and hot stone therapy.
Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage is a specific and intensive massage technique. It focuses specifically on deeper muscles and tissue layers where most strain, stiffness and stress occur. If this is your first time, please note that you may feel a bit sore 1-2 days after receiving massage. Drink plenty of water and it will quickly go away leaving you with a renewed, energetic body

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone therapy is very helpful during times of anxiety, sleeplessness and stress. The warmth from the stones dissolves tension, melts muscle aches away, and gently improves circulation. While the client lies on the massage table, the stones are used directly on the skin. The sensation of having warmed stones smoothed across the body is deeply nurturing and relaxing, not to mention incredibly grounding for the mind.

Thai Massage

If you are drawn to a treatment that respects your space and need for privacy, increases your energy levels as well as encourages ease of mind, then Thai massage is for you.

Do you ever wish someone could complete your yoga practice for you? Called ‘the lazy man’s yoga’ by some, Thai massage accomplishes just this, as we put you into several different yoga poses in a slow dance that promotes lengthening and relaxation. Feel your muscular and joint pain slip away as your therapist combines passive stretching with acupressure massage to revitalize energy. No oils, creams, or lotions are used. This is truly a unique experience in the healing arts. Some of the benefits of Thai massage include stress, muscle and pain relief, improved circulation in the blood and lymphatic system, body realignment, better flexibility and stimulation of digestion.

Maternity Massage

Maternity massage focuses on the mother to be and helps her body adjust to many of the changes it will go through during pregnancy. During your session, extra care will be taken to make sure your body is supported with pillows and you are comfortable. Maternity massage provides relaxation by relieving stress on joints, easing neck and back pain, and helping you to keep good posture. It also relaxes and provides flexibility to birthing muscles. It is a necessity during the second and third trimesters as mama’s belly is growing and putting extra strain on the muscles in her back, legs and abdomen. Vanessa customizes each massage based on your preference, for instance, some mothers love to have their bellies worked on and others do not. Please note it is not advisable to have massage during the first trimester.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Massage Therapy:

Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the session.

 

Will The Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?

The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

 

Will I Be Covered During The Session?

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

 

What Parts Of My Body Will Be Massaged?

You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

 

Will Lubricant Be Used?

A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.

 

What Will the Massage Or Bodywork Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension.  As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

 

Are There Different Kinds Of Massage And Bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Various techniques utilize     different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement  reeducation, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask the practitioner about the methods she uses.

 

How Long Will The Session Last?

The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, for instance the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a sixty-to-ninety-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths, and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.

 

What Should I Do During The Massage Or Bodywork Session?

Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

 

How Will I Feel After The Massage Or Bodywork Session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water afterward.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Massage And Bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.

 

Are There Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Or Bodywork Inadvisable?

Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

Compliments of:  Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

 

 

 

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