Types of Massage Therapy

For therapeutic massage, fill out the Confidential Client Consultation Form in advance so that I can better serve your needs. A consultation form must be filled out before any service, this includes:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Performance Sport Massage
  • Mini Target Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Cold Stone Therapy for Migraines

If you are unable to fill out the Confidential Client Consultation Form in advance, please arrive 10 minutes early for your scheduled massage to allow time to fill out required form and for your private consultation.

Swedish Massage

By far the most popular form of massage, Swedish Massage is so common that it’s often referred to generically as “relaxation massage” or even just simply “massage.” Swedish massage involves long, flowing strokes, often in the direction of the heart, along with kneading and circular movements. Used most often for its relaxation benefits, Swedish massage is the common “introductory” technique for people who have never experienced massage before.

Deep Tissue Massage

This type of massage is targeted at muscles that have been strained or are related to chronic pain or posture problems. The therapist targets deep layers of muscles and connective tissue by using short strokes and intense pressure. It’s not uncommon for clients to feel sore for several days after a deep tissue massage session, but the benefits can be well worth it.

Sports Massage

Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event. Sports Massage may utilize a variety of techniques such as classical Swedish Massage, and trigger point therapy. Prior to an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used with stretching in order to help athletes to loosen, warm and prepare their muscles so that their performance and endurance might be enhanced. Following an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports Massage may also be used for injury rehabilitation. Sports massage is also good for the not so serious athletes, to prevent injury and help with flexibility.

Hot Stone Massage

Sometimes done in combination with other types of massage, particularly Swedish, this technique involves using smooth stones heated to slightly over 100 degrees as tools on shoulders, back and leg muscles to increase circulation and promote relaxation. The therapist might also apply light pressure to the stones to enhance their effect. Lavender is incorporated with the hot stones to help you melt.

Prenatal massage

This massage helps a pregnant women to relax tense muscles and reduce stress and anxiety associated with labor. It also works to relieve pain. The expanding womb puts a lot stress on the shoulders, abdominal area and back muscles of the mother, and lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. I will apply pressure to specific sore spots to relieve tension and pain. The safest position for prenatal massage is lying on one's side while hugging a pillow. I will make you as comfortable as possible. (must be out of 1st trimester).

Cold stone migraine therapy

It reduces the anxiety that accompanies a migraine, relaxing the nervous system allowing serotonin to be released into the blood system furthering your relaxation. I will introduce very mild aromatherapy that is specifically blended for relaxation and healing and most importantly applying the cold stone therapy to strategic locations around your face, head and neck. The cold stones, in addition to soothing the pain, will begin to close off your over dilated vascular system, reducing the blood flow to the head there by controlling the inflammation that is responsible for the migraine pain. The cold stone therapy can be applied at any time during your migraine. Of course, the earlier you receive the therapy the less you have to suffer.