Massage

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Massage Therapy is one of the oldest forms of treatment in the world. Superficial and deeper layer of muscle and connective tissue are addressed using various techniques in order to relieve pain, promote well-being, and enhance healing. 

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage is a broad term used to describe a type of massage which differs from a strictly relaxation massage. Therapeutic Massage may be used to target specific areas of stress or pain, unlike a relaxation massage which will have a more general, overall approach.

Esalen Massage

Esalen Massage melds classic Swedish massage with sensory awareness practices: it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, and the sculpting of deep musculature. Client and practitioner work together, and go beyond the physical results of bodywork by incorporating energy and mind-body awareness.
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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. Deep Tissue Massage helps with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, and reduction of inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. 
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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release focuses on releasing muscular tightness which can restrict range of motion and pull the body out of alignment. It specifically addresses loss of flexibility or function following an injury or chronic pain in any area of the body containing soft tissue. 

Muscular Therapy

Muscular Therapy is a form of therapeutic massage developed by Ben Benjamin, Ph. D. that provides relief for pain due to muscle tension or soft-tissue injury. A muscular therapist seeks to understand and help solve the underlying cause of your discomfort in order to provide lasting relief. In addition to utilizing deep tissue, myofascial release, and other relieving techniques, a practitioner teaches self-care exercises specific to areas of chronic tension resulting from overuse, injury, or life stress.
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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage utilizing static finger pressure and friction to release strain in the soft tissue of the body and, as a result, balancing the central nervous system. Injury, stress, or trauma can cause the nervous system to accelerate and cause pain and/or dysfunction.
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Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage Therapy is the practice of skilled massage in all stages of cancer care. Therapists use techniques that ease symptoms and provide support. Training in oncology massage covers appropriate bodywork modalities for cancer clients, includes precautions for radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery, and covers physiology and pathology. Massage is adapted to specific cancer treatments and side effects. After cancer treatment is complete, skilled massage can continue to support movement and exercise, healing, positive mood and well-being. 
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Pregnancy Massage

Performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage are both effective and safe prenatally, during labor, and for the postpartum period of women's pregnancy. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce discomfort and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch can facilitate labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques can help rebalance the structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother. 
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Orthopedic Massage

Combining some elements of sports and medical massage, orthopedic massage integrates several modalities to treat soft-tissue pain and injury. Emphasis is placed on understanding both the injury and its rehabilitation criteria. After assessing the client's needs, the practitioner adapts the treatment to match the injury, determining and implementing what is needed for relief or recovery.
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Shiatsu

Developed in Japan, Shiatsu is an applied-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupuncture, Shiatsu concentrates on unlocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation, while also stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. 
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Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and/or recovery. Before an event, it is helpful to establish blood flow and warm up the muscles, and afterwards it is important to calm the nervous system and begin flushing toxins out of the body. Post-event massage can also reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training sooner. If and when an injury is sustained, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
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Thai Massage

Thai massage is a system of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia. This form of bodywork is sometimes performed on a floor mat, and has been called Thai yoga massage because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs and feet to move the client into a series of yoga-like stretches. The result is both relaxing and energizing.    
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Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation

Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation, developed by Linda Burnham, ND, is an integrated mind-body therapy that uses massage, reflexology, and carefully designed touch to release patterns of stress and tension in the face and body. Because we often experience tightness and tension in our scalp, neck, and upper back as well as in our faces, these areas are also an important part of the treatment.
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Equine Massage

Horses experience soft-tissue damage in their daily lives just as humans do. Therapeutic massage can provide significant relief from pain, stimulate healing, and promote stress reduction and relaxation. Other benefits include enhancing performance by increasing range of motion, maintaining muscle tone and joint flexibility, increasing oxygen to reduce muscle spasms, flushing toxins from muscles and joints, and relieving discomfort from arthritis, lameness, and hip dysplasia. 
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Ortho-Bionomy®

Ortho-Bionomy has its roots in Osteopathy and Martial Arts.  It is a non force technique, which gently, comfortably, employs movements and positions which exaggerate the body’s imbalance.  This triggers a self correcting reflexive response.  This technique replies upon the body’s innate wisdom.  It is done on a massage table and clients are clothed.  It is effective with chronic and acute pain, trauma, stress and to enhance athletic performance.
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