Perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress or strain. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue, post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relieve migraine pain
Back & Neck Massage
30 min. | $50
Full Body Massage
60 min. | $90
90 min. | $120
Q: Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
A: Your massage will take place in our warm, comfortable, quiet massage room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Q: Must I be completely undressed?
A: Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Q: Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
A: The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
Q: Will I be covered during the session?
A: Only the area being worked on will be exposed. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.
Q: What parts of my body will be massaged?
A: A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. If there are any particular areas you'd prefer not to be worked just advise your therapist.
Q: What will the massage feel like?
A: A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, slightly more pressure will used to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.
Lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. You should let your therapist know immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.
Q: Are there different kinds of massage?
A: We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you. There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more.
Q: What should I do during the massage session?
A: During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm).
Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, advising the therapist if/when they need to use more or less pressure, if you need another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions before or during the session feel free to ask.
Q: How will I feel after the massage session?
A: Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
Q: What are the benefits of massage?
A: Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Q: Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
A: Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.