All sessions are customized to fit our client’s individual needs. We are trained in a variety of massage modalities including Deep Tissue, Swedish, TMJ Intraoral Massage, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, and Thai Massage. A blend of these techniques will be used to fit each client’s specific bodywork goals.
Extra time is always set aside at the beginning of the appointment to discuss any injuries, health concerns and goals are for this and future sessions.
Below are detailed descriptions of the modalities our therapists have experience with:
TMJ INTRAORAL MASSAGE
Bodywork and massage has been proven very effective in about 80% of cases involving disfunction of the TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint and is a much more appealing option over surgery for most sufferers. Your TMJ joint is the most frequently used joint in the body, opening and closing between 2,000 and 3,000 times per day, and the forces generated at this joint are the highest in the body, generating over 150 lbs of pressure. Sessions will vary depending on individual needs but can include work on all of the major TMJ muscles (masseter, temporalis, medial pterygoid, lateral pterygoid, suprahyoid muscles, temporalis, and digastric muscles) as well as muscles in the neck and shoulder regions. TMJD sufferers can experience great relief from many symptoms including jaw pain and locking, earaches, headaches and tension, popping and clicking, bruxism or grinding, shoulder and back pain, and difficulty chewing.
Although Swedish massage is primarily sought out for it's relaxation benefits, it is the foundation of every great massage- even Deep Tissue work! Your practitioner will always want to connect deeper strokes with soothing Swedish strokes so that the body will be encouraged to integrate the bodywork rather than putting up defenses. The primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body; This is accomplished by utilizing long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It can be very helpful in providing relief for chronic muscle pain and promoting healthier posture and balance in the body. Many people can benefit from Deep Tissue work including athletes and those with high stress jobs that require holding static postures for extended periods of time. Deep tissue can be intense, but it is a common misunderstanding that it needs to be very painful to be very effective. Your practitioner will communicate with you to ensure that the work is being performed safely and that pain levels are manageable and therapeutic. You may experience a slight increase in muscle soreness after your session while the muscle fibers are realigning- this is normal.
This is an intense and interactive massage experience; A combination of stretching, twisting, pulling, pushing and rotation techniques will be used as well as back-stepping at times. Pressure points are stimulated while muscles are lengthened. Athletes can especially find this type of massage beneficial, as it combines assisted stretching with manual muscle manipulation and can decrease muscle tightness while increasing range of motion. This massage is typically performed on a floor mat rather than a massage table, but many Thai Massage techniques can easily be combined with Swedish or Deep Tissue work on the table.
Like Thai massage, Shiatsu is typically performed on a floor mat and incorporates many techniques using fingers, thumbs, feet and palms, assisted stretching, rocking, and joint manipulation and mobilization. This style of massage uses compressions along the various meridians of the body and works on moving a person's ki, or energy while balancing and opening the entire body.