Cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures. It is an alternative therapy which aids in alleviating pain, inflammation and blood flow in the body. Glass cups are placed on the targeted areas of the body and suctioned into place using a rubber pump. This suction causes the skin to rise. The cups are left in place for approximately 3-20 minutes pre or post massage to help increase circulation, breaks down adhesions, and encourages lymphatic drainage.
Esalen Deep Tissue
Esalen Massage is a type of massage therapy that incorporates many other massage styles and techniques, and is characterized by its long, integrating strokes. Often heat is administered before the session to warm up the area being worked. The therapist pays close attention to the client, noting any subtle cues which are indicative of pain in order to focus on the problem areas and adjust the pressure to the clients level of comfort.
Myofascial Release is an alternative form of soft tissue therapy used to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This is achieved through relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and stretching out the muscles. Myofascial techniques can be either passive, where the patient remains completely relaxed, or, active, where the patient provides resistance as necessary with direction from the massage therapist.
Soft Tissue Release
Soft Tissue Release centers around the area of neuromuscular therapy and focuses on increasing the rate of recovery of muscular injuries, fixing muscular imbalances and relief of chronic pain. Pressure is applied to the muscles while they are being stretched and this integrated movement helps correct muscular imbalances including injuries and scar tissue, triggering and reprogramming the nervous system to return to its previous normal state.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation uses ergonomically designed instruments to detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas of chronic pain, inflammation, or degeneration.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is a stretching technique which is used to improve muscle elasticity and range of motion. It works by maximizing muscle flexibility through a series of contractions and relaxations with enforced stretching during the relaxation phase.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain in an area by targeting the origin, or specific point, which the pain is referring from. Pain is subdued through cycles of isolated pressure and release on these specific points on the body. The massage therapist works with the client to identify the exact location and intensity of the pain and discomfort.
Focuses on strengthening and stretching certain muscle to obtain muscle balance throughout the body.
Kinesio Taping is designed to help the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape can be applied in hundreds of different ways but your therapist determines the best application in order to reduce pain and inflammation which optimizing performance and promoting good circulation and healing.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, using the power and sensitivity of the hand or acupressure pointer. Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, and reduces pain.
General Swedish Massage (Relaxation)
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Acupuncture can restore balance in the body and promote the smooth flow of Qi, the vital energy in all livings things. It’s very effective for pain and stress reduction, metabolic syndrome, insomnia, hot flashes and hormone imbalance, but it can be used for almost any condition!
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Two of the primary principles that are at the foundation of Osteopathy are that the body is self-healing and self-regulating, and that the body is one dynamic unit that functions as a whole. The goal of Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) is to help the body restore health when it has been lost. An Osteopathic Manual Therapist will do a thorough assessment of the body as a whole to find out where problems are stemming from in order fix them at their root cause.
OMT is very gentle on the patient and eases the body into correction. This approach allows the body to better take on the corrections and leads to more permanent results.
OMT is suitable for all age groups as it is gentle and noninvasive. It is very effective in bringing about pain relief caused by a wide range of issues. OMT is ideal for rehabilitation after injuries and/or accidents. Many patients also experience other positive side effects of OMT such as overall improved health, better quality sleep, improved digestion, and increased energy levels to name a few.
Ultrasound Therapy waves are used to penetrate the skin and speed up the healing process by increasing blood flow to the treated area and decreasing the pain. The waves also gently massage the area to soften muscle tendons and any present scar tissue without any additional strain being applied.
Laser Therapy in soft tissue therapy uses light to penetrate the skin and tissue to aid in pain relief, inflammation, increase blood flow, and stimulate healing and tissue regeneration and even reduce scaring.