Massage/Bodywork Descriptions

Below is a list of descriptions of the massage styles you may experience during your session. 

If any other these styles resonate with you and you would like to assure that it is included - just let us know! 

Feel free to ask us any questions, or if there is particular style you don't want, we want to know that too!

SWEDISH MASSAGE

SWEDISH/RELAXATION is the most common type of massage people experience. It’s meant to reduce stress, increase circulation, and relieve minor aches and soreness. Pressure can be firm, but is typically light to medium with firm where needed. You should walk away from this massage feeling light and dreamy - like you’ve just taken a refreshing afternoon nap.


Ideal for those fortunate folks who have no areas of chronic muscle tension or fatigue (yes, they do exist!) or anyone new to massage may chose to try this style first as a way to introduce themselves to bodywork.

DEEP TISSUE TECHNIQUES

DEEP TISSUE THERAPY refers to massage techniques that affect deep structural layers of muscle and connective tissue. Often thought of as clinical, treatment, orthopedic, or medical massage, it addresses structural issues involved with chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Deep tissue is often an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of modalities including myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, accupressure.


While this form of massage is generally thought of as painful or "hard" - it can be - but it doesn't have to. There are non-forceful approaches to deep therapy that can be incredibly effective without the muscle-guarding/muscle-resistance associated with a pain-response.

MANUAL/MYOFASCIAL

MANUAL & MYOFASCIAL therapy is a specialized therapy often utilitzed by osteopaths, chiropractors and physcial therapists focusing on the function and health of fascial to correct postural and chronic fascial patterning, and ease pain cycles common with injury recovery and muscle rehabilitation. 


Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. 


The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.


Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests. A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.

STRETCH SESH

STRETCH-ONLY SESSIONS use passive and active stretching techniques depending on your goals and preferences. We can work on specific problem areas, or target certain muscles or muscle groups for various physical activities and sports. Excellent way to restore flexibility after a day on the mountain, a long day trekking, or as an add-on.


Add a shorter session that includes a basic set of stretches, typically for the person who wants to get a quick pre- or post- event stretch of all the major muscle groups of the spine and lower/upper extremities.


Or, go with am extended session that allows for more detailed attention to specific areas and isolates stretches in finer muscles and fascia structures.


The longer the time, the more we can focus on postural and rehabilitative corrections, deeper stretch holds, and active muscle and patterning release modalities.

TABLE THAI/SHIATSU

TABLE THAI/SHIATSU is an excellent post-sports session and gets you ready for another day on the hill. It combines:


> The circulatory benefits of Swedish (blood oxygenation, metabolic waste removal, release of endorphins, suppression of stress hormones)


> The rehabilatative benefits of deep tissue (releases trigger points, alleviates muscle spasms, prevents adhesions - areas of localized lactic acid build up that can cause muscle tissue to adhere to surrounding tissue causing pain, muscle fatigue and compromising muscle function.


> The passive stretching techniques found in Thai massage - maintaining range of motion and muscle contraction/extension ability.  

PREGNANCY

PRENTAL/PREGNANCY MASSAGE is an excellent way to ease the many discomforts of being pregnant. On top of easing your body's aches, swelling and fatigue, the systemic physiological benefits you receive are also passed onto your little one. 

Massage during pregnancy lowers stress hormones, increases feel-good endorphins and encourages a good nights' sleep. Additionally, it eases stress on weight-bearing musculoskeletal and myofascial structures, encourages blood and lymph circulation, lessens the nervous tension, depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.


Massage is generally recommended from the end of your first trimester all the way through to the big day, with the exception of reflexology, some forms of deep tissue and shiatsu. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know or ask your physician.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Comprehensive list coming very soon...

STONE MASSAGE

AVAILABLE THIS WINTER 2018/19!

EARTHING/BREATHWORK

Earthing (grounding) and breathing techniques are woven into each session. Our massage tables are specially grounded, often referred to as "Earthing". Sounds like a new thing, but it is the basic centuries old practice of reconnecting the body's electrical system to the Earth. This happens automatically while you are laying on our tables. 


Breathwork is a subtle, guided meditation technique of using to breath to center one's awareness into an internal space. This shift of attention during the session often allows the muscles to release easily during intensive deep tissue work. Using the body's natural inclination to release breath in harmony with stored tesnion.

DOG-FRIENDLY

Earthing (grounding) and breathing techniques are woven into each session. Our massage tables are specially grounded, often referred to as "Earthing". Sounds like a new thing, but it is the basic centuries old practice of reconnecting the body's electrical system to the Earth. This happens automatically while you are laying on our tables. 


Breathwork is a subtle, guided meditation technique of using to breath to center one's awareness into an internal space. This shift of attention during the session often allows the muscles to release easily during intensive deep tissue work. Using the body's natural inclination to release breath in harmony with stored tesnion.