Massage and Bodywork:
Massage is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the World. It is believed that it was first practiced and passed on in a structured way about 5000 years ago in China and Mesopotamia. Well known to the physicians of ancient Greece, Hippocrates wrote in the 5th century B.C. that "the way to health is a aromatic bath and a scented massage every day. " He defined medicine as " the art of rubbing".
Massage was very popular in the mid-1800s throughout Europe and the USA; the "Swedish Movement Cure" is well documented in a number of books that were published around that time. Massage disappeared from the western medical world around the time of the pharmaceutical revolution in the 1940s. Never having lost its popularity as a great form of treatment in the East, it has only been in the recent years that massage has become re-established as health care profession in the West. Today the western medical profession is recognizing massage therapy as a valuable form of treatment and is conducting scientific studies to prove its benefits.
With the more science based approach, massage has also gotten a few new names: Restorative Bodywork and Pain Relieving Therapies are among the terms used to describe the rehabilitative modalities that can be found today.
Whatever the name, countless styles of massage are practiced through out the world bringing people great relief from pain and discomfort. Below is a list of the modalities available and the name of practitioners who practice them.
To find out more or to make an appointment, click on the name of the practitioner offering the service:
Acupressure: Dawn Trygstad
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. An acupressure massage practitioner uses gentle and sometimes firm pressure to touch key points along meridians on the surface of the skin. This releases muscular tension and promotes the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy to aid self-healing. Acupressure uses the same theory, points, and meridians as acupuncture, with the touch of fingers and use of pressure instead of needles, and is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional to India; warm oil and slow, smooth strokes are used to make you feel wonderfully relaxed and rejuvenated.
Baby Massage: Saskia Kleinert
Baby massage relies on soft and gentle strokes. Some of the benefits are: increased coordination and range of motion and reduced colic and bloating. We offer baby massage for your baby as well as "how to" instructions for parents.
Deep tissue massage performed with the feet rather then with the hands. It's the perfect massage for someone who enjoys a fair amount of pressure. Deep, but safe and fun!
Body Scrubs: Saskia Kleinert
Salt Glow: designed to exfoliate the skin leaving it smooth and pampered. A very relaxing experience!
Cranio-Sacral Therapy uses light touch to improve the functioning of the nervous system, eliminate negative effects of stress and enhance overall health. Works great for TMJ and headaches!
Deep Tissue Massage/Sports Massage: Saskia Kleinert; Amy Howard; Emily Bowen; Hayley Ebersole; Cecilia Fernandez
Firm, deep pressure is used to release chronic tension, loosen up tight muscles and increase range of motion.
Hot stones of different size and shape are used to massage and soften up tight muscles. A great indulgence!
Neuro Muscular Therapy & Myo Fascial Release: Saskia Kleinert; Amy Howard; Emily Bowen; Cecilia Fernandez; Tiffiny Fyans
Neuromuscular Therapy & Myofacial Release is a skillful form of soft tissue manipulation that focuses on releasing "trigger points" and nerve compression in hyper contracted muscles to increase circulation, restore healthy range of motion and bring relief from muscular pain. Gentle sustained pressure is used to break down adhesions in the deep layers of the connective tissue (fascia). Produces great results with acute and chronic pain as well as neurological conditions and movement dysfunctions.
Orthopedic massage is designed to work with acute and chronic pain conditions and injuries as well as neurological dysfunctions. It is highly therapeutic and produces great results. There is often immediate relief from pain and profound improvement in function.
The focus of this specialty massage on the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum women. The practitioners at our center who practice pre & peri-natal massage are certified and familiar with contra-indications.
Probably the most well-known form of massage, Swedish massage is designed to promote relaxation, increase circulation and joint range of motion, and relieve stress and tension.
Energy is channeled into the client by means of touch to activate the natural healing processes of the his or her body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Also called Thai Yoga this invigorating form of massage is done on a mat on the floor through clothing. It includes lots of wonderful stretches. A great treat!
Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healing: Saskia Kleinert
An energy balancing treatment using Tibetan singing bowls on and around the body. Very meditative and centering, a truly unique experience!