The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit is home to award winning massage therapists. Our massage and bodywork services will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and renewed. We offer the following massage sessions:
The term “Swedish massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and is invigorating. It affects the muscles, glands and circulation, while promoting health and well-being. It also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Deep Tissue 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 pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber’s of the muscles, tendons and fascia. 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 Massage is to “unstick” the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release. Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in 120 and 150 degree water. The therapist uses traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, or in the palms of your hand, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Note: Hot stone massage is more expensive than a basic Swedish massage because it requires more preparation and usually runs longer.
Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy technique originating in Japan. The thumbs, palms, and fingers (no knees or elbows are used in the foundation form of shiatsu therapy) are used to apply pressure to designated areas of the body. This promotes good health by “stimulating the body’s energy flow (Ki)”. The session often begins with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure can be applied to both wide areas as well as precise points and varied according to the body’s needs. Sometimes the pressure can be deeply stimulating. The amount and type of pressure depends on the specific needs of the individual.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a great complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a “map” of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology can promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body.
Repetitive-Use Therapy is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement, and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. When the scar tissue from the injury is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. The main reason for the success of Repetitive-Use Injury Therapy is that it is a way of treating the injury, and the resilient adhesions and scar tissue. When this therapy is used regularly, it not only prevents injuries, it helps to achieve a speedy recovery.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is a gentle, light-touch, noninvasive technique that is a natural complement to existing health care protocols. Within the context of breast care, LDT can help alleviate numerous conditions related to pregnancy, including engorgement, sore nipples (transient, chronic), plugged ducts, wounds, fissures, ulcerations, bruises and dermatitis (eczema). This therapy also can provide relief from chronic inflammation and pre- and post-surgical applications, and can be used for cosmetic applications, such as mastoptosis, scars and traumas.
Myofascial Release is a tender mixture of stretches and massage techniques. Derived from the the Latin words “myo” – meaning muscle, and “fascia” – for band; myofascial release therapy releases tension from the fibrous bands of connecting tissue (fascia). Myofascial release therapy aims to free constrictions or blockages in the fascia, thereby alleviating problems with connective tissue scarring or injury. Myofascial release therapy can be used to treat back pain, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual problems, incontinence, tennis or golfer’s elbow, shin splints, sprains, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle spasms, whiplash injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, myofascial release can be administered to children suffering from birth trauma, head injuries, cerebral palsy and scoliosis.
Chi Nei Tsang integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. Chei Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation”. CNT uses all the principles of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi-Chuan known as Chi-Kung; therefore, CNT is a form of “applied Chi Kung”. CNT practitioners are trained in Chi-Kung and work mainly on the abdomen with deep, soft and gentle touches; to train internal organs to work more efficiently.