Benefits of massage include:
- relief of pain
- stabilization of cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
- decrease in anxiety
- lowering blood pressure
- assisting with injury (ex. strains and sprains)
- relief of chronic tension
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a technique that involves slow, deep pressure into specific parts of the body, which enables the fascia to release. This type of massage can allow for increased mobility and a decrease in pain.
Developed in Sweden in the 1800's, this technique is often referred to as general relaxation. This is a basic, full-body massage with involves massage movements towards the heart that are designed to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation.
Gua Sha Technique: Release of fascia via instrument-assisted massage
Gua sha is an ancient healing technique used by many clinicians of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Massage oil is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae) or bruising (ecchymosis). Petechiae will show up where scar tissue, adhesion, or stagnation reside in the soft tissue. Learn More about Gua Sha
This technique involves an understanding or belief that there are points of the body that radiate pain to other parts of the body (even when the point is distant from the focal point of the pain). The therapist will apply pressure to these points in order to relieve this muscular spasm, which assists in decreasing the pain that radiates to the other parts of the body.
Gua Sha Face Massage
In this treatment we will focus on the face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and feet. This treatment is a good balance between relaxation and focus work for troubling areas. . Hot towels and pure essential oils will be used to help ease tension and encourage wellbeing.
The benefits of Gua Sha Face Massage:
• Improved muscle tone
• Increased collagen production
• Reduction of bags under the eyes
• Reduction of sagging and jowls
• Decreased puffiness around the face
• Elimination of fine lines on the face, reduce larger wrinkles
• Balances skin through increased circulation to the face and lymphatic circulation
• Tightening of the pores
• Reduction of stress evident in the face
*This treatment can be done in a 60 minute, 75 minute, or 90 minute session.