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Offerings

Swedish Massage, Integrative Massage and Postural Evaluation

Relaxing Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, with its use of varied strokes and touch therapy, gives the Sympathetic Nervous System (the part of us that reacts to outside stimuli, like stress) a chance to take a break and let the Parasympathetic Nervous System take over. The Parasympathetic Nervous System regulates all of the things that go on in the body that we don't have to think about: heartbeat, breathing, digestion, etc. Massage resets our nervous system to "calm" so the body and mind have a chance to rest deeply.

Through massage, circulation is increased bringing fresh oxygenated blood to all areas. Lymph, which is part of the immune system, does not get pumped around the body by the heart like blood does. It is muscle movement that circulates it. Massage helps move lymph through the body, revitalizing your immune system.
Not only does massage feel great, it's great for you!

Custom Integrative Massage

You may choose to book a custom massage with extra attention/time spent on particular problem areas. This can be a full-body massage, upper body only or we can work on a particular area that is problematic for you. Some common conditions that we may choose to address are:
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)

To treat TMJD effectively, areas of the scalp, face, outer jaw and inside the mouth are treated. Depending on the severity of the dysfunction, several sessions are usually required to get these muscles to release. This treatment can be very effective for relief of headaches, jaw pain and decreased range of motion in the jaw. Sterile gloves are worn for the work inside the mouth.

Partially Frozen Shoulder

Rotator cuff injuries are one way a shoulder loses its full range of motion. But sometimes, it seems, shoulders just decide for one reason or another to become sore and problematic. Either way, this condition can frequently be helped by soft tissue manipulation. All four rotator cuff muscles as well as surrounding muscles will be examined. Several sessions may be required.

Whiplash

Whether recent or from years past, the effects of whiplash can be helped by massage. In these sessions, soft tissue of the back, sides and FRONT of the neck are treated. Shoulder and spinal muscles should also be treated.

Sciatica

Sciatica is often caused when the Sciatic Nerve passes under or through very tight soft tissue, which then presses on the nerve. The symptoms can include pain that shoots down the back of the leg. In this case, massage can be very helpful.

Repetitive Motion Syndromes

The most common type of Repetitive Motion Syndrome is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which involves the soft tissue of the hand and wrist area. But many areas of the body that are used repetitively in the same way and are not properly stretched or released can develop painful symptoms. There are also postural causes of pain in this category such as standing with knees locked back, sitting in front of a computer for extended periods of time, playing a musical instrument or a one-sided sport. Massage and stretching are great ways to counter the effects of these repetitive motions.
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