Bodywork Modalities

Acupressure

Acupressure Bodywork is the traditional Chinese medicine art of balancing Chi energy—the circulating life force in the body—by stimulating its healthy flow along energy pathways called meridians. Practiced through clothing, practitioners utilize finger and elbow pressure on the same meridian points stimulated with needles in Acupuncture. During treatment there is elongation of the musc…

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most respected alternative medical treatments in the world. It originated in China over 5,000 years ago and has a proven history of effectiveness. More than eight million Americans have used acupuncture to treat a variety of common health conditions. Acupuncture treatments are holistic and preventive, treating the entire person, not just the part that hurts.

Chiropractic Bodywork

Chiropractic Bodywork is a holistic approach that addresses the relationship between the structure of the spinal column, the nervous system, and disease. Because the nervous system carries energetic impulses throughout the body and controls most body functions, any obstruction can lead to disease processes. Chiropractic assists the body in maintaining a balanced state of health by realigning t…

Clinical Deep Tissue Massage

Clinical Deep Tissue Massage works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on the fascia—the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system of the body. The work is usually localized, and the client must be relaxed to permit the practitioner to…

Craniosacral Therapy

head manipulation

Craniosacral Therapy is one of the more gentle yet powerful therapies. William Sutherland, an osteopathic practitioner in the early 1900’s, discovered that gentle manipulations and adjustments at the sutures of the cranium, sacrum, and tailbone released tension from the membranes of the entire system, allowing the body to self-correct. This modality uses gentle, fluid movements of the bones…

Deep Work Massage

Deep Work Massage is a unique approach to bodywork distinct from clinical deep tissue massage. Here ‘deep’ refers to the depth of the client’s positive experience, not just the amount of pressure used. The deep work massage therapist utilizes advanced techniques to systematically release the upper and lower body as well as the core. The therapist has an educated appreciation for the ro…

Esalen Massage

Esalen Massage is a nurturing, flowing massage that incorporates long strokes, gentle rocking, passive joint mobilization stretches, and the flow of breathing. Flowing, light-oiled strokes are intrinsic, and therapists switch between using hands and elbows for deeper work and stretches. Founded at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, this approach supports the whole person, rather than…

Feldenkrais Method®

Feldenkrais Method is an educational system which uses movement to bring about more effective ways to function. It is an application of principles and exercises that help the body program the brain to benefit the entire body-mind system. A student is taught to become aware of their existing patterns of action and then she/he is guided in the discovery of additional possibilities to enhance deeper…

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a gentle, connective tissue massage technique that accelerates the movement of the lymphatic fluid that bathes the tissues, through the lymphatic system and into the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is responsible for keeping the connective tissue surrounding cells free from excess water, proteins, bacteria, viruses, inorganic materials, destroyed cells resulting…

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Bodywork is a gentle, hands-on form of stretching that evaluates and treats the fascial connective tissue system, which can become restricted due to overuse, inactivity, trauma, or infection, often resulting in pain and muscle tension. The function of fascia is varied, but it generally acts as a shock absorber. It creates tissue spaces and plays an important role in support,…

Neuromassage

Neuromassage Bodywork incorporates gentle and deep techniques for addressing unhealthy chronic tension patterns and structural imbalances. It is used to re-educate and encourage the nervous system to allow rather than to resist release. Founded by Langdon Roberts, this work combines both neuroscience and therapeutic bodywork while ‘teaching’ the client’s nervous system how to achieve and…

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is designed for women who are pregnant, and they can receive this massage at any point in their pregnancy. Our pregnancy massage therapists have had specific training in this field. The client receives the session in a side-lying position with pillows and bolsters provided for support and maximum comfort. The treatment consists of specific features of tissue sculpting, Swedis…

Reflexology

Reflexology Massage uses various touch techniques on specific points of the feet and hands to normalize body function, restore energy throughout the body, and maintain optimum health. Reflexology practitioners theorize that there are major reflex points in the hands and feet corresponding to each organ and major muscle group in the body. Pressure on these points releases restricted energy flow…

Reiki

Reiki Bodywork is a Japanese hands-on healing system that works with the human energy bio-field. Reiki is also the word used to identify the healing modality that accesses the very high vibrational force in all living beings. To tap into this universal energy, or reiki, the practitioner attunes the person’s bio-energy field to accept reiki frequency. Reiki is practiced through loose,…

Seifukujitsu

Seikufujitsu Deep Tissue Massage is an ancient healing art, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, that developed in Japan about 1,200 years ago. The bodywork is a deep tissue method utilizing a unique forearm pressure that is quick, dynamic, and pulsating. It moves healing into muscles, discovering the underlying resistance and structure, reaching into areas of stress and discomfort, teasing…

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Acupressure is an ancient Japanese bodywork system that uses hand, knuckle, palm, elbow, and foot pressure on specific points located along energy pathways called meridians, in order to promote the free flow of ki energy, the circulating life force. Oriental medicine maintains that disease occurs because of stagnation or blockage in the flow of ki energy. Shiatsu uses pressur…

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a specialized and often eclectic form of Swedish massage that focuses on enhancing athletic performance and facilitating post-event recovery. It benefits the professional or amateur athlete, dancer, or exercise enthusiast. Practitioners of sports massage concentrate on working the whole body, and they also pay particular attention to those muscle groups that are involved in a…

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation,…

Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage is over 1,000 years old and takes its roots from both Yoga and Ayurveda in India, and Tui Na and Acupressure from Chinese medicine. It is an integral part of Thai medicine, based on the intrinsic energy flow and energy balance theory of health. In Thai medical theory, the body’s vital life energy flows along channels called Sen. This energy powers all the physical,…

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy utilizes various methods to relieve and eliminate a hypersensitive area—known as a trigger point—in the muscle, its tendon, or fascia. Usually the trigger point is not in the area of pain, but digital pressure over the point will elicit pain in a referred area. Trauma is a common cause of trigger points, either by direct injury or excessive stretching and contraction.

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