Investing in massage is an investment in your health.
- Therapeutic Massage
- Deep Tissue
- Swedish Massage
- Prenatal Massage
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Plantar Reflexology
- TMJ Intra-oral treatment
- Ayurvedic Relaxation
- Gua Sha
Therapeutic massage may include some or all of of the above modalities
The cost of each session is:
$ 70 for 1 hour. (50 m.)
$ 100 for 1 h. 1/2 (80 m.)
$ 130 for 2 hours. (110 m.)
Senior rate ( over 65):
$ 65 for 1 hour,
$ 95 for 1 h. 1/2,
$ 120 for 2 hours.
Gift certificates are available.
Only cash and check accepted.
Here is some basic information about the characteristics of the different treatments that I provide:
Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.
Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage and a great place to start if it's your first massage.
During Swedish Massage, the therapist uses massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes over your body.
You are usually nude under sheets, but only the part that is being massaged is exposed so modesty is always respected.
Deep Tissue Massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish Massage, but the therapist will work the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue).
Deep Tissue Massage is a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots called adhesions.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses.
Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymph nodes may become swollen.(Lymph-edema). It can occur spontaneously, with no known cause, or it can result from damage to the lymphatic system caused by injury or surgery.
Lymphatic Drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.
No lotion is applied on the body, the treatment consists of applying a series of very soft manipulations to push the lymph in the lymph nodes.
Shiatsu is usually practiced on a padded mat (futon) on the floor.The pressure is applied to the patient 's body through the clothing or a sheet, using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees or feet.
It stimulates the body's own natural healing abilities by regulating the Autonomic Nervous System, thereby allowing the improved function of the body's internal organs and their systems.
The aim is to remove the obstacles that block the flow of energy through the meridians of the body. It also seeks to restore the balance in this flow of energy.
After a session of Shiatsu, a client should feel a deep sense of calmness, relaxation and contentment. However, he or she should also expect to feel symptoms of cold and flu after the first couple of sessions; it is a side effect of Shiatsu that is also taken to be a sign that the body is well on its way into mending.
Thai Massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. It is also called Thai Yoga Massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during this treatment.
Thai Massage is usually given on a padded mat on the floor; it's both relaxing and energizing.
No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage.
Relax Ayurveda Kerala
Derived from an ancient Indian tradition, these treatments are designed to help loosen toxins in the body and release excess.
The treatments have a rhythm and flow that covers the entire body.
Herbalized oils are used which target your individual imbalances.
The goal in all the treatments is to restore balance and reestablish calm and harmony.
Cranio-sacral Treatment (CST)
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the cranio-sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Cranio-sacral therapy is a bridge technique. No lotions or oils are used by the therapist.
This therapy generally improves the body's health and resilience and most patients experience a profound sense of relaxation and peace. Many fall asleep or go into an altered space at some point during the session.
Plantar Reflexology, also called Zone Therapy, is based on the notion that each body part is represented on the feet and that pressing on specific areas on the feet can have therapeutic effects on other parts of the body.
Pressure is applied to the feet using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques.
Reflexologists use pressure, stretch, and movement to work through the foot methodically. This technique is applied to the whole foot.
Oil, cream or lotion is not utilized in traditional reflexology work.
Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Treatment is intended to help increase range of motion of the jaw, establishing balance and correcting muscular dysfunction with the relief of pain.
It is focused on the neck, shoulders, and face, and intra-oral work is performed as well.
It can be associated with cranio-sacral techniques even though this is not compulsory.
The treatment is very effective but not always the most relaxing.
Gua Sha (Scraping).
Gua Sha is an East Asian healing technique that uses a tool with smooth edge made of plastic, metal, stone, animal horn or ceramic soup spoon to scrape the skin and increase circulation bringing the sha to the surface.
Sha refers to the little reddish millet-like skin rash that appears on the skin after scraping and often appears concentrated at the site of pain.
Gua Sha draws out sha and relieves stagnations in the body.
The intent is to address muscular tensions (neck and back pain or stiffness) or fascial restrictions and increase the immune system resilience. It improves blood flow, activates lymphatic drainage and relieves tension and inflammation.
On the face it smooths out fine lines and reduces wrinkles.
The dots (petechiae) can vary in color and severity. If the sha is dark it indicates longer standing blood stagnation, If it is light, it might be fairly recent but should go completely away within a few days.
A Gua Sha session should leave you feeling invigorated and energized.
Cupping Therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures.
The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicon.
The therapist puts the cups on your skin for a few minutes with a means of suction to create therapeutic decompression. By placing the cups onto the skin, a vacuum is created which draws the skin, muscle, and fascia up into the cup.
The drawing of stagnant fluids to the surface which fill up the superficial blood vessels and appear as sha or petechiae can last from a couple of days to a week.
Cupping is used in the treatment of many types of muscle tensions, including common ailments such as neck pain, shoulder pain, tight trapezius, lower back pain, spinal congestion, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Cupping helps blood flow, relaxation and well-being.