Massage and its related forms of bodywork are among the earliest healing modalities known to man, with written records of its benefits dating back as far as 2000 BC. The ancient Greeks and Romans used massage combined with aromatherapy and hot and cold hydrotherapy treatments to maintain health and promote healing.
therapy is a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive treatment
method that can bring both instant and long lasting improvement
to your health. It works by kneading and manipulating muscles to
relax them, and uses friction to stimulate soft
is useful in many conditions in which body relaxation, the reduction
of swelling and increased muscle mobilization
Essential oils are highly volatile substances derived from flowers, leaves, roots, grasses, wood, fruit, nuts & berries, bark and gums such as frankincense. When these oils are breathed in, the molecules rise to the top of the nose, meet the olfactory mucous membrane, passed on through the olfactory bulb where it is ‘amplified’ and through the olfactory nerve directly into the limbic system of the brain.
Specific chemical compounds in the essential oils may also be absorbed directly through the skin as in the case of drugs and cosmetic substances.
Our therapists may, upon request, add aromatherapy to accentuate the therapeutic effect of any massage treatment or design an aromatherapy massage experience just for you.
Detoxification is now recognized as a primary tool in the prevention of disease and premature aging.
This treatment utilizes extraordinarily gentle and soothing stroking
motions and lymphatic drainage techniques to reduce
The detox massage focuses its attention on the lymphatic system
of the body, that primarily runs superior
In a world that surrounds us with toxins and pollution in the air
we breath, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat –
Hot stone therapy dates by more than 5000 years and can be found in many different races and cultures. In Ayurvedic medicine the use of warmed river stones along with essences of flowers and herbs to heal and soothe is well documented.
In the Aboriginal American culture hot stones were warmed by the sun (heliotherapy) and placed on the body to soothe and heal, or used in the sweat lodge as a powerful spiritual ritual to cleanse the body of illness and disease.
Basalt stones are formed as lava cools following a volcanic eruption. They have an exceptionally smooth texture, hold heat well and are naturally rounded. The stones that Leslie uses originate in the Andes Mountains of Peru and are hand picked from the shores of the Pacific Ocean where they have been rounded by erosion. Naturally collected stones maintain their inherent magnetic field which helps the rebalance the body’s energy centers during treatment.
Stones used for cold therapy are often white basalt, moonstone, marble or jade.
Hot/Cold Stone Therapy is a gentle form of massage that uses the heat and magnetic properties of the stones, to provide therapeutic results usually associated with deeper tissue manipulation. This therapy is ideal for those who enjoy deep heat, and are looking for a truly relaxing body treatment.
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
are many commonalities between Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, in
that they are highly results oriented and generally preferred by
athletes and those who take their fitness and health seriously.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques
are used. The technique often involves a blend of traditional Swedish
massage techniques as well as some Acupressure and Shiatsu techniques
specifically designed to treat professional athletes. Each type
of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle
groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address
those specific concerns and may
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber's of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Deep Tissue massage feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed or inflamed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.
The purpose of deep tissue work is to "unstick" the fibers
of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing
toxins, while relaxing
Although both of our therapists specialize in therapeutic, goal-oriented massage, they will be more than happy to provide a wonderful, knot-melting, stress-busting relaxation massage that will leave you begging for more!