Each massage session is customized to fit the needs and issues a client presents on the day of the appointment. Most often, a variety of techniques are used within a session. Treatment may also incorporate stretching, aromatherapy, breathing techniques and hot or cold modalities to add to the overall experience. Treatment may include any of the techniques listed below.
ASHIATSU ORIENTAL BAR THERAPY
This is a barefoot massage technique using bars overhead for support and balance. This unique form of bodywork combines a typical Western massage with a distinctly Eastern barefoot, gravity-assisted technique. Deep compression, gliding and myofascial massage strokes are used, resulting in structural change in chronic soft tissue damage, stimulation of the lymphatic system, as well as providing deep relaxation.
This technique is a combination of compressive techniques and passive stretches. These movements are an expression of traditional Thai massage and have been modified for use with overhead bars. This massage is received fully-clothes without any oils or creams.
This type of massage requires that the muscles be relaxed, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into restrictions in the connective web of tissue that creates and supports the human body. Movement and release of these tensions can eliminate pain and restore the body to its normal state of fluid, flowing movement. This treatment can provide relief to those experiencing headaches, back pain, cervical pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, and other chronic pain issues. The treatment allows your mind, body and spirit to enter a state of deep relaxation allowing the body to activate its innate healing abilities.
SOUND HEALING WITH JOHN F. BARNES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
This unique experience involves energy massage and the soothing vibrations from the Tibetan singing bowls used directly on tight muscle groups to relieve muscle tension and joint aches. Singing bowls are also played during your energy healing session promoting deep relaxation for stress reduction and healing of stress related disorders. Sound vibrational healing has been known to faciliate breaking the pain cycle allowing nerve endings to send new messages to the brain. The vibrations can boost your immune system, detoxify down to the cellular level, provide relief from headaches, fatigue, and insomnia in addition to increasing your body, mind and spirit connection.
Lymphatic Drainage is a very gentle light massage that helps to direct lymphatic fluid towards the lymph nodes. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system and cleans toxins, proteins, cancer cells, viruses, and dead cells about 20 times faster than the body is able to do on it’s own. Once a large amount of toxins are eliminated, the body is able to relax more deeply and use it’s energy more directly to regenerate the cells. People have been known to lose weight, have increased energy level.
MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.
One of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Therapists use a combination of long flowing strokes and kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, stress reduction, relief of muscular tension, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
JOINT MOBILIZATION/RANGE OF MOTION MASSAGE
Ideally, the client is moved freely as the range of motion of a joint is explored by the therapist. Throughout the procedure the client should be able to remain as loose as a rag-doll. Joint mobilizations are used as an evaluative tool, assessing the condition or limitations of the tissues surrounding a particular joint structure. They are also used therapeutically with the intention of stretching hypertonic tissue or for addressing adhesions improving extensibility of the joint.
Craniosacral therapy uses gentle touch manipulation of your head, neck, and the bottom of your spine. Your neck, back, and hips will feel looser and freer.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
TRAUMA TOUCH THERAPY
Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT) is a body-mind connective therapy. Although “trauma” can be a scary word, it can be caused by something as normal as a surgical procedure or childbirth to physical or verbal abuse, or even witnessing a traumatic event….to name a few. These experiences can sometimes show up as pain in our bodies, and without support can prevent us from moving beyond the trauma. TTT focuses on gently bringing awareness to the issues that may be held in the body, and aims to give the clients tools to move past the pain. It is performed while the client is fully clothed, and is complimentary to talk therapy if needed. It is recommended that 10 sessions be completed for best results.
Therapeutic Touch is a light massage technique that helps realign your body’s natural energy flows.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow through the body that are essential for health.
Acupuncture can be used to treat:
- Neck or cervical pain
- Shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Sinus problems
- Arthritis and arthritic pain
- Jaw and face pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Sports injuries
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Bladder infection
- Stress related disorders
- Menstrual and PMS problems
- Smoking addiction
- Obesity and weight control