Keep in mind that our therapists don’t provide all modalities listed.
ACUPRESSURE: Presses on key points on the skin to activate the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Both Acupressure and acupuncture use meridians, however acupressure uses pressure instead of needles to stimulate the points on the hands and feet. Acupressure can be effective in treating many different imbalances, from headaches to anxiety and beyond.
ACUTONICS: Uses sound vibration for energy healing. Practitioners have a deep understanding of the meridians.
APPLIED KINESIOLOGY: Works with aspects of a person’s structural, chemical and mental constitution. Muscle testing is commonly used for diagnosis and treatment utilizes exercise, nutrition, acupressure, manipulation and education to help restore balance.
AROMATHERAPY: Uses essential oils applied to the skin through a carrier oil to improve circulation, relaxation and heal wounds. Each essential oil has different characteristics and will be used depending on the individual’s’ needs.
ASHIATSU: A barefoot massage technique where the therapist uses bars overhead for deep compression. This modality is effective in relieving pain from chronic soft-tissue damage and lengthening chronically shortened muscles, while providing deep relaxation for the client.
AYURVEDIC MASSAGE: Vigorously massages the body with large amounts of warm oil and herbs to remove toxins from the system. With permission, the oil may be poured into the ears, between the eyebrows and at certain energy points throughout the massage. There are many powerful detoxification effects, as well as calming the mind and nervous system and restoring balance to the whole person.
BREEMA BODYWORK: Emphasizes the comfort and experience of the practitioner, teaching that we can best support others by truly being present with them. The Nine Principles of Harmony teaches skills for self-understanding for both the practitioner and the recipient. The recipient remains fully clothed on a padded floor, and rhythmic movements, gentle stretches and supported postures are used.
CHI NEI TSANG: Addresses the origin of health problems, including psychosomatic responses, and increases the body’s ability to selfheal. Practitioners work mainly on the abdomen with deep, gentle and soft touch to train internal organs to work more effectively. It integrates qigong with abdominal massage.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: Evaluates and enhances the function of the physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Light touch is used to assist the natural movement of fluid with the craniosacral system, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Craniosacral therapy supports the body in regaining its self-healing ability through gentle and noninvasive touch.
DEEP TISSUE AND SPORTS MASSAGE: Helps alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. This style uses deeper and more vigorous techniques than Swedish massage. It incorporates stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques. It is very effective in promoting healing from sports and non-sports related injuries.
FIJIAN MASSAGE: Applies deep pressure through the use of heels and feet to loosen muscles away from bones. Typically done on a mat.
HEALING TOUCH: Touch is used to influence the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The goal is to restore harmony in the energy systems so the person may self-heal.
HOT STONE: Uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of the therapists hands or places them on the body. The heat is relaxing and is used to warm up tight muscles.
LIFELINE TECHNIQUE: Works on the energetic level to discover, harmonize and interpret the root cause of symptoms and emotions trapped within the subconscious mind. It incorporates Acupuncture, Ayurveda and Shamanism with many other modern healing modalities.
LOMI LOMI: Uses very large, broad movements. This Hawaiian modality commonly uses two-handed, forearm and elbow strokes. While similar to Swedish massage, it acknowledges the existence of something higher as part of the massage.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE: Uses gentle, light strokes to encourage lymph flow. Skilled practitioners can identify the rhythms, directions and quality of lymphatic flow.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Applies sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions. It also works to release emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant. It is effective in relieving cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction as well as much more.
NEUROMUSCULAR: Soft-tissue manipulation that balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Therapists look to relieve pain and dysfunction by understanding the underlying cause. It is used to release spasms, hyper contraction, rebuild strength of injured tissue, assist lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment and flexibility of tissue.
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE: Tailored to the needs of those with cancer. Therapists are trained to pay close attention to physical, emotional and psychological needs in all stages of cancer: diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivor or terminal.
ORTHO BIONOMY: Is an osteopathically based form of body therapy that was developed in 1976 by British osteopath Dr. Arthur Pauls. This holistic and pain free technique is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pain associated with postural and structural imbalances. An Ortho-Bionomy practitioner uses gentle movements and positions the body to change stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the individual and no forceful manipulations are used. This gentle system of bodywork is very effective in helping alleviate acute and chronic pain.
PHENOMENAL TOUCH: Having qualities of watsu, Thai massage, and deep tissue work, phenomenal touch uses rhythmic motions that creates a symphony between the giver and receiver using deep listening, relaxed body weight and fluid movements in both giver and receiver.
POLARITY THERAPY: A clothes-on, noninvasive system where the body is gently manipulated to balance positive and negative energies. It is based on the universal principles of energy – attraction, repulsion and neutrality and recognizes the interdependence of body, mind, and spirit. A harmonious relationship with nature is emphasized.
PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM: Uses specific safe techniques prenatally and during labor. Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns, facilitates labor and eases pain and anxiety. A deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, complications and precautions is required. After giving birth (postpartum) it helps to rebalance structures, physiology, and emotions of new mothers, and may help her to bond and care for her infant.
RAINDROP: Antimicrobial essential oils are used to help correct defects in the curvature of the spine caused by viruses and bacteria that lie dormant. This technique is effective in bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment. The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about 6 inches and then massaged along the vertebra.
REFLEXOLOGY: Involves the manipulation of specific reflex areas on the foot, hands and ears, which correspond to other parts of the body. Based on ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance. Used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and to stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids.
REIKI: Hands-on energy healing art where the practitioner passively touches twelve positions on the body, each for 3-5 minutes. The practitioner is trained to be a channel for life force and activates the healing energy within the recipient at these points on her/his body.
SHIATSU AND ANMA: (CLOTHED) Began in Japan with historical roots dating back to ancient China. A typical session incorporates the use of relaxed body weight, percussion, and kneading techniques along energy pathways to stimulate the body’s life force energy, or Qi (chee). It also uses stretches and joint mobilization to unblock the flow of energy and brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. Shiatsu works beyond the physical structure of the body and skilled practitioners help to release pent up emotions locked in bodily tissues and meridian channels to bring about balance, harmony and well-being.
ROLFING & STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION: A holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education, usually delivered in a systematic series of 10 sessions progressing from superficial structures toward deeper structures that seeks to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance in gravity. It uses deep slow movements to lengthen and reposition the fascia.
SWEDISH: Designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all going towards the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissue of the body. Effleurage, petrissage, vibration, percussion, and tapotement are all used.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE: (CLOTHED) The influence of Indian Ayurvedic practice and yoga is present in the techniques that are part of Thai Massage. The client relaxes on a padded floor mat while the practitioner uses rhythmic rocking and his/her body weight to gently compress, stretch and twist the client’s body in an effort to unblock energy pathways and increase mobility. The effect is simultaneously energizing and grounding for the client.
TRIGGER POINT: Noninvasive therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myo massage, passive stretching and corrective exercises. Nutritional intake, stress levels, proper exercise, mechanical abnormalities and other physical components are all emphasized.
TUI NA: Can range from light and soothing to strong and invigorating techniques. This ancient Chinese system uses many different forms of touch, pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussion and manipulation, to regulate the circulation of blood and qi, or vital energy.