Massage For Health: Services
Our professional staff is trained in multiple massage modalities to support safe and effective treatment in a kind and caring atmosphere. The following is a list of the services we have compiled to offer you. Each one has inherently unique ways of helping to improve your physical and mental well–being. We can also work with you to put together massage packages that might better fit your lifestyle. Please [click ] on the list below to read descriptions of each modality''s specifics, elements, history, and wellness–factors to see what''s for you. Don''t be afraid to explore!
|Service||Time in Minutes||Rate|
|Couples Massage |
(includes chocolates / flowers)
|Senior Care||30 (+25% discount)||$40.00|
The purpose of Sports Massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance in any given sports event. This type of massage is geared to relieve swelling, reduce tension, increase flexibility and to prevent muscle injuries.
A variety of massage techniques may be used in sports massage: compression is used to soften tight muscles, friction is used to decrease muscle spasm, vibration will warm up and stimulate the muscles for the pre-event, tapotement is used for toning the muscles, and petrissage and effleurage are used to rid the body of waste products post event.
Definitions of massage techniques:
- Compression: rhythmic action of the palm, fist, fingertips, or ulnar portion of the hand applied to the muscle belly.
- Vibration: the therapist transfers a trembling motion to the arms/hands of the client.
- Friction: usually done after compression, the superficial layer of muscle is moved over the underlying muscle with the full palm or fingers with circular movements, across the muscle fiber or in a linear fashion.
- Tapotement: the therapist uses the hands in a rhythmic movement while cupping, hacking, or beating the muscles to tone them.
- Effleurage: gliding strokes using the palms, fingertips or thumbs.
- Petrissage: kneading the muscles.
Since there are a variety of sport types, each athlete uses different muscle groups. Therefore, the type of sports massage will be tailored for that event and person, taking body type and injuries present into consideration.
Sports massage feels good, reduces heart rate and blood pressure, reduces muscle tension, increases blood circulation, increases lymph flow, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Want to increase your game? Try a Sports Massage!
Medical Massage may be defined as a massage prescribed by a physician. It also may be defined as massage that is practiced on a client with a medical goal in mind to improve health.
Medical Massage may also be defined as a powerful reflexotherapy method to eliminate abnormalities in reflex zones. A Russian physician and scientist named Dr. Sherbak researched massage procedures for over 20 years with clinical trials. His research developed reflexotherapy, a method to remove abnormalities in reflex zones.
A reflex zone is defined as an area which includes the skin, muscles, the connective tissue, periosteum, and inner organs sharing a segment of innervation. A given segment of innervation will be involved in a transmission of pathological impulses from inner organ disease when present and is connected with other somatic structures. When inner organ disease is present, abnormalities show up in the structures of that exact reflex zone. Muscle tension, trigger points and immobile connective tissue will be present in the reflex zone as well as trigger points in the periosteum. This can cause discomfort, pain and limited range of motion for an individual!
Medical Massage, technically speaking, improves the reflex mechanism of the body by increasing the health of the central nervous system. It frees up afferent electrical impulses of receptors located in skin, connective and muscle tissue and periosteum. There is a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate and an increase of arterial blood supply to tissues. An increase of venous blood flow and lymphatic drainage occurs. Also, there is a breakdown of soft tissue calcifications. Muscular tension releases, pain disappears and range of motion improves! Try a medical massage to improve your health!
Therapeutic massage is the skillful manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body to achieve the goal of relieving pain and discomfort, muscle spasms, relieve stress, and to promote general health and well–being. We may combine many of the other techniques explained here to achieve personalized results.
Deep Muscle Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber''s of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Deep muscle massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Deep muscle massage feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep–tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it''s important to drink plenty of water after a deep–tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body. The purpose is to "unstick" the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply–held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
Pfrimmer DMT (Deep Muscle Therapy)
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy works for the correction and prevention of serious muscle conditions such as ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson''s, Cerebral Palsy, brain injury and stroke. It has also been effective in alleviating sports injuries, trauma, occupational stresses, arthritis, fibrositis, backache, neck tension, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation and circulatory problems, to name a few. Combined with traditional treatments of these conditions, it offers an added edge that can speed recovery or promote maximum improvement where traditional treatments leave off. Tight, adherent muscles are the cause of many ailments due to their involvement in restricting the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid, by the entrapment of nerves in soft tissue, and in the impairing of normal structural alignment. To illustrate the point, the effect of a damaged or adherent muscle can be comparable to a garden hose with a kink or bend in it. When this occurs, the normal flow of water is blocked and the garden is not watered sufficiently. When a similar disruption in muscle and soft tissue occurs, the normal functions of the blood, nervous and/or lymphatic systems are diminished or blocked, and tissues and organs supplied by these systems are not properly serviced. Her''s what Pfrimmer Massage can do:
–Corrects damaged muscles and separates adherent fibers
–Allows nutrients and medicines to reach the cellular area and wastes to be removed
–Softens hard, fibrous muscles and relieves pain
–Relieves congestion and inflammation
–Clears deposits and debris from old bone injuries
–Restores damaged ligaments and tendons at bone attachments
–Improves joint range of motion
–Enhances effectiveness of chiropractic and osteopathic treatment
–Allows for improved posture and stronger stance
–Releases entrapment of nerves in soft tissue
–Reduces inflammation and congestion along nerve pathway (neuritis, radiculitis, neuralgia, etc.)
–Relieves neuromuscular conditions
–Improves conditions resulting from brain injury
–Improves circulation to the skin, thus moisturizing dry, scaly skin and improving tone
–Reduces bed sores, acne and other skin eruptions
–Excellent for geriatric skin problems
–Regular treatment can improve the appearance of cellulite
–Opens up dry muscle cells so endocrine hormones can reach their end sites through improved circulation
–Contributes to the improvement of sclerotic blood vessels
–Relieves congestion in chest for congestive heart patients
–Improves general health so that heart patient can maintain self through exercise
–Releases entrapment of lymphatic vessels
–"Drains" sluggish nodes
–Improves integrity of lymphatic blood vessel walls
–Releases restrictions in the muscles that aid in breathing
–Promotes postural improvement thereby reducing "crowding" of lungs
–Removes old congestion in lung/rib area
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy is designed to cause corrective changes to the damaged or adherent muscles and the adjacent soft tissues. The improved circulation that results causes changes on the cellular level, not only to the muscle involved, but also to any soft tissue that may have been affected by the impaired circulation.
Here''s where you get to be creative! As soon as you familiarize yourself with the benefits of each technique, you can figure out what kind of combination might fit your lifestyle. Or, tell us about yourself and we''ll be happy to present you with some helpful suggestions.
The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage was developed in the 1700''s by a Swedish doctor named Pir Henrik Ling. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Swedish massage techniques include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usually sequence of techniques are:
–Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
–Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
–Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
–Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
–Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
–Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching
–Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.
Hot Stone massage is a unique connection we experience with nature, offering a sense of profoundness and sacredness that we too often forget. It''s a deep healing and unique moment that enhances our awareness and brings us closer to our true essence. It is the perfect treatment that is as enjoyable and healing for the client as it is for the practitioner. Stone massage involves the application of water–heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage.
In cases of muscular injury and inflammation, frozen, cooling marble stones are used. This creates a type of thermotherapeutic ''vascular gymnastics'' in the circulatory system to help the body detoxify and heal. The warmer stones expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and unwanted waste materials through the body. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system. The cold stones cause the blood vessels to constrict, stimulating the nervous system and drawing blood and waste products along the body. This ensures that every cell in the body receives more oxygen and nutrients while at the same time waste material is removed more effectively through the corresponding increase in lymph flow. Not unlike changing the old oil and filter in your car for a newer filter with clean oil–a service for the body.
It is quite an experience to feel the deeply relaxing, penetrating heat from the basalt stones alternating with the toning and refreshing coolness of the marble stones. The use of extremes of temperature has long been scientifically and medically proven to be of benefit to the body.
Stone massage makes you feel deeply relaxed, allowing you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. Those experiencing a hot stone massage will notice a healing improvement of the following symptoms and ailments:
–Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
–Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
–Stress, anxiety and tension
Adding aromatherapy to your hot stone treatment is easy and can have an amazing affect on your mood and physical well–being.It is really an amazing experience to offer to the ones you love!
Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands. It evolved around 1913 from the work of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the United States. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit. Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts of the body including major organs. It is believed that applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands and ears can affect internal organs and body systems, and therefore promote good health. The therapist stimulates and works these organs and systems through the reflexes areas on the hands and feet, applying pressure to the feet with thumb and fingers. Pressure is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health. Reflexology was brought to America in the early 1900''s by Chinese immigrants.
Reflexology has many benefits. It feels good. It is pleasant and soothing, and it relaxes the body. Each person responds to a reflexology in a unique way and on occasions may experience a variety of short term reactions, for example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy or tearfulness. Reflexology is not a "cure–all". However, it does help releive pain associated with migraine, sinus problems, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress.
Each Shiatsu session usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. The session usually takes place on a padded mat on the floor. The session often begins with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure can be applied to both wide areas as well as precise points and varied according to the body"s needs. Sometimes the pressure can be gentle and calming. Sometimes the pressure can be deeply stimulating. The amount and type of pressure depends on the specific needs of the individual.
Shiatsu can help alleviate the pain associated with a wide range of conditions. It can also assist an individual with their self development and self healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition; taking into account the functioning of the physical and psychological; promoting health and strengthening the body''s own healing abilities.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build–up of stress in our daily lives. Following a Shiatsu treatment, the individual may have feelings of increased vitality and relaxation. Some of the immediate physical benefits of Shiatsu are:
–Stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.
–Regulate the activity of the automonic nervous system.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
This style of bodywork was originally pioneered as "on–site massage" for the workplace by David Palmer, who developed the first specialized massage chair in 1986. Chair Massage (or on–site or seated massage) refers to a brief bodywork session, usually acupressure–based, done in a special chair in which the client sits facing toward the cushions, exposing the scalp, shoulders, neck, arms, back, and hips.
Most office–related physical symptoms can be attributed to loss of circulation. Tight muscles caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day, especially at a work station that is not ergonomically designed, can impede blood and lymph flow through the body. The result is mental fogginess, decreased energy and susceptibility to repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work–and provide a appreciated break for employees. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can increase circulation, returning energy levels and helping keep the body injury free.
Our office houses the most updated massage chairs available. Come and give it a try!
Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual''s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual''s innate healing process. As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness or ''dis''–ease. It is a natural, non–invasive treatment system designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body''s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
The term "aromatherapie" was coined by Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1928. He utilized the word to imply the therapeutic use of aromatic substances (essential oils). Since the beginning of Aromatherapy, the practice has encompassed human pathology and the treatment of different conditions (emotional and physical) with essential oils. As Aromatherapy developed into a practice it adopted an holistic approach which encompasses the body, the mind and the spirit (energy).
Here at Massage for Health, we can help you experience aromatherapy while at the same time integrating it with massage technique.
Seniors today no longer consider massage therapy "alternative" health care. According to the American Massage Therapy Association''s® (AMTA®) annual survey released today, the percentage of seniors (ages 65 and older) who received a massage from a massage therapist in the past five years has almost tripled (21 percent compared to 8 percent in 1997). In addition to stress relief, massage has been shown to aid in injury recovery, boost immune function, speed recover from some illnesses and surgery, lower blood pressure and ease symptoms of arthritis. Here are some things that massage can do for senior citizens:
–Stimulates blood and lymph circulation for muscles, bones and nerves
–Enhances immune system response
–Promotes mental well being
–Accelerates rehabilitation of joint replacements
–Maintains ambulatory status
–Nurturing and healing touch
–Lessens muscle spasms and pain
–Enlivens tired and sore muscles
–Helps relieve arthritis pain and soreness
–Better quality of life through better health
While massage has many health benefits, there are some conditions when the use of massage therapy is not appropriate. Please feel free to talk to us about your specific lifestyle so we may help you decide what kind of massage is best for you.