To keep the body in good health is a duty…
otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Buddha

 

Active Isolated Stretching
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) allows the body to repair itself and prepares the body for sports as well as routine daily activities. It works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase elasticity. The stretches are held for two seconds each and often repeated six times each. This allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without tension or resulting trauma. As the name implies, these are active stretches that require the client to work together with the therapist. Each 60 minute session is intensive and focused on only one body region (for example: lower back or shoulder/neck girdle). Clients should come prepared to participate and wear comfortable, loose clothing (usually gym gear).Rebecca Perez is our resident AIS practitioner and continues to work with AIS creator Aaron Mattes on achieving her advanced certification. She also holds certifications as an Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and of course Massage Therapist.

Chakra Balancing Massage
This service is offered only by our therapist Stephanie. This is a unique sensory experience that begins with an organic Himalayan salt foot scrub and then incorporates deep relaxation massage, tapotement, aromatherapy and guided meditation into 90 minutes of pure bliss. What are the chakras? We all have seven major chakras located along the spine. They are responsible for directing the flow of energy throughout our bodies. Every emotion and all of our senses are integrated into the chakras. When we experience stress our chakras can become blocked. Blocked chakras can manifest in physical, emotional or spiritual issues. Open, balanced chakras keep our energy flowing so that we feel our very best. Chakra balancing is a great way to improve your physical and emotional well being. The use of essential oils during massage along with guided meditation techniques is a great way to help achieve balance. We use certified therapeutic essential oils and like to think of it as vitamins for the chakras. They assist to awaken the senses to help boost blocked or unbalanced chakras. This is a rejuvenating experience for letting go of stress for the body, mind & spirit.

Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Deep tissue massage is done using deep finger pressure with strokes that are firm and slow. Deep tissue massage has several therapeutic effects and can be used to treat many different conditions. This type of massage is ideal for the treatment of major muscle groups like the neck or lower back. It can also be used to relieve strain and treat injuries in your joints and tendons.

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion.

Thai Massage
Our Thai bodywork is performed on a futon mat on the floor. Often called assisted asana, Thai Massage balances the body, mind and spirit through a customized blend of stretches and shiatsu massage techniques. Clients wear soft, comfortable clothing such as gym or yoga gear in which they can reach their full range of motion without restriction.

Medical/Therapeutic Massage
The Medical Massage is effective for targeting one area of concern in the soft tissue of the body in a thorough fashion with extreme focus. It can also be used to soothe and relieve several related areas of tension. Techniques such as trigger point therapy, neuromuscular massage, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and many more may be employed to help relieve pain or release tension in soft tissue conditions such as sciatica, strained muscles in the neck and shoulders, lower back pain etc.

Myofascial Therapies
This is a deep connective tissue massage that incorporates myofascial release with other modalities such as the neurostim device and other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization tools. It aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to relieve chronic tension, to increase range of motion, to improve posture, and restore length and flexibility to the muscles and fascia. The pressure of this massage may be somewhat slower and more intense, and massage cream isn’t always used. During this session, your therapist will focus on releasing tension from the deeper tissue structures, breaking up adhesions and bringing balance into the body. The therapist tailors each session specifically for the individual needs of each client. Usually they will focus on a particular area of the body, which needs the most tension reduction and relief. The treatment helps to relieve stress and pain but to also help improve the performance of daily activities. Results are typically seen after the first session, but it is recommended for a series of 2-10 sessions for maximum benefits.1st time treatment recommended for 2 hours to include range of motion & muscle testing but subsequent sessions can be 60 or 90 minutes.