Relaxation massage is designed to relax the mind and body by easing stress and tension created by daily life. Stimulating circulation to help remove waste and increase oxygen and nutrients to sore, overworked muscles.
Therapists use a combination of long strokes, kneading, rolling, percussion, and stretching movements to loosen up muscles and connective tissue, increase circulation, and open up joints. The application of oil or lotion is used to reduce friction on the skin. Some of the many benefits of Relaxation massage include generalized relaxation that comes from the easing of stress, re-establishing the mind-body-spirit connection leaving you feeling connected and whole, and improved circulation which can speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Deep Tissue Massage
A combination of techniques and pressure are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature, fascia, ligaments and tendons. Designed to more directly deal with chronic tension issues and dysfunctions of the myo-skeletal system and release and break up adhesions in fascia and muscle tissue both superficially and in the deeper tissues.
Deep tissue work is excellent for relieving chronic tension related issues like frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, and range of motion problems that can be a result of some of these issues. It can be a great compliment to chiropractic and physical therapy care. Allowing for better and longer lasting results. It can greatly help speed up the recovery time from injuries or surgery. For athletes it can help during training or after events and workouts.
The idea that Deep Tissue Massage has to hurt to work is not entirely accurate and, sadly, scares a lot of people away from work that could really help them. Deep tissue work is exactly what the name implies, working the deeper layers of tissue. The work can be uncomfortable at times, but a lot of that can be from the tension in the tissue itself. Chronically tense muscles may already be sore and may also be hyper -sensitive to pressure. Communication with your therapist is essential. The therapists will check in with the client to see how the pressure is, however, clients should ALWAYS feel free to let there therapist know if the work is becoming uncomfortable.
Reiki (available only with Cheryl)
Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force energy, places hands on the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body.
The practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through many positions on the body, remaining in each position for about three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client healing can occur through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance. Reiki is done fully clothed on a massage table or seated in a chair.
Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage (available only with David)
Performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe during the prenatal, labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatal therapy can reduce pregnancy discomforts such as sore and stiff joints and sore back, neck, and shoulders. It can help reduce edema, the appearance of spider veins, and help reduce stress for both the mother and the fetus. Gentle abdominal work can ease tense ab muscles and ,along with the oil, help prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Another function of prenatal massage is to help get the body ready for birthing. Keeping the muscles and tendons loose and functioning properly it can help shorten labor times and ease pain and anxiety during birth. In the postpartum period it can be very helpful in recovery of the bodies proper function. Helping muscle and skin to more quickly return to there normal state. It can also help the body re-align structurally and help fend off post partum depression.
Sports (available only with David)
Sports massage is intended to help stimulate the body, increasing circulation, opening up joints, and loosening stiff muscles and tendons in order to help a person prepare for a physically strenuous activity. Great for athletes getting ready for an event or anyone who engages in regular intense activities.
David can tailor a session based on a particular sport and what a client is trying to achieve, by focusing on the key parts of the body involved. He is also happy to work in conjunction with coaches and personal trainers to help achieve specific goals.
About Qi gong Integrated Massage
Qi Gong is sort of an all encompassing word/phrase for all of the aspects of Chinese medicine, but more commonly thought of in terms of energy work or in a martial form like Tai Chi. Qi (Ki or Chi) is commonly translated as "life energy" or "life force", but the more literal translation is "air" or "breath". Most of the practices in Chinese medicine revolve around the idea of reestablishing the bodies flow of energy. An important component to that is proper breathing and breathing techniques. Surprisingly, proper breathing is more of an issue than most people realize and can be the cause, or result, of other issues.*
David has adopted the eastern philosophy of addressing the body as a whole. When looking for the causes of dysfunction or pain he tries to consider every possible influence, even environmental, that could be the Root Cause. Because, usually, what someone is feeling in one area at a given moment can be a result or symptom of the actual problem somewhere else in the body. Example; many people are surprised to find out that the headaches they've been having or even TMJ can originate in the shoulder or neck muscles, and could be caused by a poor work environment.
Combining this approach with some deep breathing, Qi Gong energy work and the other techniques he's learned over the years, David has created a style of bodywork uniquely his own. It's proven to be widely effective and is easily augmented to suite any body or issue.
*If you find that you yawn a lot, it's a sign that your body is oxygen deprived. Yawning is your bodies automatic response and attempt to increase your blood oxygen level.
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A brief history of Massage and Bodywork
“People and places always have a past and their identity dissolves unless they recognize they have a history”
The history of massage is broader than most people realize and it encompasses the near entirety of human history and has been influenced by almost every culture on the planet. Even though the word itself (massage) didn’t come into use until the middle of the nineteenth century, having been more commonly known as friction, its origins are unclear as it can be traced to numerous sources. A few examples of which would be the Hebrew word Mashesh, the Greek roots masso and massin, the Latin massa, the Arabic root mass’h, the Sanskrit word makeh, and the French word masser.
The following is a very brief synopsis of the fascinating origins of this practice and how it was a part of the evolution of modern medicine.
“Massage; N: The systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of improving or maintaining health.”
Massage and Bodywork, a generic term used to describe massage in its various forms, has been practiced as a form of health care, in one form or another, for thousands of years by nearly every culture in the world. Chinese records indicate the use of massage as early as 3000 BC. By 200 BC the Chinese were regularly using it as one of the various methods to treat illness, which is discussed in a manuscript dating from the second century BC.
Records appear to indicate that this knowledge migrated to Japan, where it evolved into new forms such as shiatsu, and then on to the Asian sub-continent. Here the knowledge of massage becomes an integral part of Hindu tradition as exemplified by the sacred Ayur-Veda (circa 1800 BC). The practice continued to migrate into the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. It was here, in Greece, that massage, or “friction" in the old world, would gain a further foothold and acknowledgement as a healing art and important tool in the development of the emerging medical profession, combined with exercise and gymnastics. Hippocrates of Cos (460-375BC), regarded as the father of modern medicine, stated in an essay on joints that “the physician must be skilled in many things and particularly friction". This medical knowledge was passed on up until the transitional period between Greek and Roman dominance and was incorporated into Roman medicine. Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) himself, used massage to help his epilepsy.
However, as much as documentation can trace the migration of the practice across Asia, there is also documentation showing that bodywork was simultaneously being practiced by ancient Slavs and in the Americas by the Mayas and Inca. There is documentation showing that they practiced joint manipulation and massage. The Inca also used heat in their treatments of joint disorders. In the north, records show that the Navajos and Cherokees used massage in their treatments of colic and to ease labor pains.
On and on the practice goes and grows throughout history until, in the early 19th century, once again the practice of massage is combined with gymnastics as a form of treatment for injuries, but even more notably as a form of influencing movement.
Pehr Henrik Ling, known as the father of Physical therapy and Swedish massage, was a Swedish fencing instructor who worked for the University of Lund in 1804, where he also studied Anatomy and Physiology. In his teaching of fencing techniques, he noticed that some of the movements he wanted his students to make were hindered by limited range of motion caused by repetitive movements they had learned by habit. Ling resolved to teach the movements of the body in a systematic manner. What he meant was that a person could be taught to do something or move muscles in ways that were new to them. Ling also developed what is referred to as Swedish gymnastics through which we try, by means of influencing movements, to overcome discomfort that has arisen through abnormal conditions.
In 1813, Ling opened the Swedish Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics where he further developed his own system of medical gymnastics and exercise, known as the Ling System, Swedish Movements, or Swedish Movement Cure. The primary focus of Ling’s work was on gymnastics applied to the treatment of disease and/or injury. Massage was seen as an important part of Ling’s overall system. Ling and his followers used a system of long, smooth, slow strokes that, combined with movement of the joints, promoted general relaxation, improved circulation, relieved muscle tension, and improved range of motion. A system known commonly then, and now, as Swedish massage.