Traditional Western and European Massage Styles
Couples massage is a massage that takes place in a couples suite. At the very least this is a room large enough for two massage tables.
As for couples massage etiquette, it’s fine to talk to each other through the massage if you want, or be quiet the whole time. It’s really up to you.
Couples massage is a great way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that makes them feel more comfortable the first time. It is best to just relax and enjoy.
This is a first come first serve so please call as far ahead in advance as you possibly can do to make it easier for us to ensure your two therapists are available.
Therapeutic massage is primarily a little more intense than a swedish massage and not just for pure relaxation but to help you deal with long-term or chronic issues.
The most common examples would be a deep tissue massage or sports massage. The therapist uses more pressure and cross-fiber friction in order to get knots (also known as adhesions) to release.
Plan to drink plenty of water before and after a therapeutic massage and make sure to take a hot shower before you go to bed that night to help your body heal faster.
Improved circulation, flexibility and other health benefits are usually a result of this more intense experience.
Please tell our staff if there is an area that has been bothering you such as a shoulder or neck pain. This helps us target the area in most need of therapeutic massage.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage.
The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
The term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English speaking countries.
Elsewhere the style is referred to as “classic massage”.
Walk on Back
Walk on Back Massage Therapy is also called Deep Shiatsu Barefoot Massage and Back Walk Massage, which is a variation of deep Shiatsu.
The massage therapist applies pressure with her feet, which makes it possible to go moderately deep or very deep, according to your needs.
In this Asian massage the therapist’s body mechanics helps to stretch thoroughly and open up long held areas of tension in the body.
Artfully balancing, we walk and dance on your body, making you feel weightless and bringing you back into balance.
Deep Tissue Massage
The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure.
Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia.
This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the superficial muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy.
Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river’s current.
The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range.
The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
Unique Chinese Style Services
More and more people in the Western world are turning to ancient techniques of Chinese medicine after conventional medical treatments fail them. However, several of these alternative treatments are still unfamiliar to Westerners. While practices like acupuncture and acupressure have become familiar to most Americans, one less-talked-about Chinese medicine therapy that can benefit people suffering from chronic pain is called “cupping.”
Cupping is a technique in which glass cups are heated from the inside with fire to create a vacuum and then placed on the afflicted area of the body. The cup’s suction pulls at the skin and is said to “suck out” the body’s toxins. Sound uncomfortable? If done correctly, the practice can actually relieve much of the body’s discomfort caused by the congestion of blood, energy or mucus, as well as swelling or pain, according to “The Herbs Of Life” author Lesley Tierra.
Cupping is said to help improve circulation and “to ‘open’ the lungs, draw toxins out of them and towards the skin surface and to facilitate better breathing,” writes “Heart Disease” author Burton Goldberg. More in line with ancient Chinese philosophy, cupping “is believed to draw out Cold, Wind, and Damp,” writes Michael Castleman in “Blended Medicine.” Cupping can be effective for a wide range of ailments, according to Tierra, including “edema, swellings, asthma, bronchitis, dull aches and pains, arthritis, abdominal pain, stomachache, indigestion, headache, low back pain, painful menstruation, coughs from excessive mucus and places where bodily movement is limited and painful.”
Gua Sha Therapy
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West.
It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on.
Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
Foot reflexology is based on an ancient system from China that leverages key pressure points on the feet thought to correspond to all areas of the body.
It is sometimes referred to as Zone Balancing. The philosophy behind this modality is that every body system, including the organs, endocrine system, energy meridians, and nerves are mapped out on the feet.
Stimulating these points causes a reaction in the corresponding parts of the body.
The principles of reflexology are relaxation, bringing back a state of balance, release of toxins/toxic emotions, improving circulation in areas of congestion. You will be absolutely amazed at how relaxed you feel after receiving foot reflexology.
Make sure you call in advance as this is one of our most popular therapies.