Massage is an effective way to help the body function more efficiently. Studies have proven that massage lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and flexibility, reduces aches and pains, increases immune function, and prevents injuries. Our licensed massage therapists and registered massage practitioners are trained in a variety of techniques.
Hot Stone Massage
One of our most relaxing treatments, heated stones are placed on specific points of the body to promote healing, while other stones are used simultaneously to perform a relaxing deep massage. The heat and weight of the stones will melt your tension away.
Ginger Tea Treatment
Ginger Tea is used for removal of built up toxins in the body. Hot towels soaked in the tea are applied to specific areas of the body, followed by a Deep Tissue Massage.
Enjoy an aromatic escape from your troubles. Therapeutic Young Living essential oils are applied to the body and hot towels promote absorption of the oils. This technique detoxifies and relaxes the body.
Thai Herbal Massage
Thai herbal massage uses a heated ball filled with Thai herbs and spices (lemongrass, tumeric, prai, kaiffier lime, camphor, and tamarind). The herb-filled ball is pressed on acupressure lines using Swedish massage strokes. This technique helps relax and detoxify the body, increase blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, and reduce muscle tightness.
Foot Scrubs: This pampering treatment can be added to our half-hour, one-hour, or one & a half-hour massage. Hot towels are wrapped around your feet to relax the muscles and soften your skin. Then Jojoba oil sugar scrub is used to exfoliate the skin, followed by a deep foot massage with our refreshing foot lotion.Therapeutic Massage ModalitiesSwedish: Long, soothing strokes to relieve stress and encourage deep relaxation.Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular/Trigger Point: The pressure used is much firmer and more specific than in Swedish. The therapist works closely with the client to find the depth needed to achieve the release of muscular tension.Sports Massage: Sports massage is designed to help sore and tense muscles relax so you’ll be ready for your next workout. A combination of skilled stretching, petrissage, effleurage, and Deep Tissue may be incorporated throughout the massage depending on the desired outcome, whether it is to get ready for your next event or to recover from strenuous exercise. Active Isolated Stretching: This technique lengthens the muscle and releases fascia. Each active isolated stretch lasts no longer than two seconds. This short stretch allows the muscles to lengthen and relax without triggering the protective stretch reflex.Myofascial Release: A gentle modality aimed at stretching out the body’s connective tissue (the most abundant tissue in the body that wraps around muscles and tendons) thereby relieving muscular tension. The process of stretching is slow, allowing for realignment of the body’s basic structure and deep relaxation of long-held tension.Massage Cupping: Massage cupping originated in China. By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping softens tight muscles, loosens adhesions, and lifts connective tissue. This process brings in fluids and blood to body tissues, drains excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways, and dispels stagnation. Conditions that respond well to massage cupping include, but are not limited to, fibromyalgia, sciatica, TMJ, arthritis, sluggish colon, IBS, scars, and adhesions. Massage cupping is a gentle, non-invasive technique.Couples’ Massage: Relax with a friend or someone special with two simultaneous massages. These couples’ massages can be enjoyed in the same room or separately, but must be scheduled for the same time. Available in one hour or hour and a half increments.
Thai Massage: Take “Thaime” out to untie yourself with Thai massage. We are excited to offer Thai massage, which decreases pain and increases flexibility. Unlike a traditional massage, this bodywork is usually performed on a mat on the floor and involves heavy tapotement, deep kneading, and lots of stretching. The stretches resemble yoga poses, except that the client is completely relaxed! The therapist does all of the active stretches. Schedule your next appointment with Amanda, and please remember to wear comfortable, preferrably atheltic, clothing!
This therapy is a deep tissue massage using heated bamboo sticks to release muscle tightness throughout your body.
Indian Head Massage: Indian mothers have massaged their babies’ hair, head, neck, and shoulders for centuries to stimulate growth and provide relaxation. This 60-minute Ayurvedic head massage uses essential oils to reduce muscle stiffness and relieve headaches. Indian Head Massage is rejuvenating and vigorous.Shiatsu: A Japanese form of acupressure massage performed fully clothed. This technique uses finger pressure instead of needles. Fibromyalgia Massage: Fibromyalgia sufferers need relief from the tight fascia around their muscles. Swedish massage tends to be too superficial; deep tissue massage can create a fibroflare; and myofascial release is effective but can be very painful, especially around the Tender Points. Fibromyalgia Massage was developed by a massage therapist who has fibromyalgia. This massage technique blends the best of several techniques while being conscientious about the needs of fibromyalgia sufferers.Cancer / Mastectomy Massage: Gentle, relaxing bodywork techniques help reconnect the body. Special cushions provide comfort for mastectomy patients. Massage is good for either the caregiver or the loved one.Breast Health: Wu Ming Qigong improves breast health by unblocking stagnant energy in the meridians, or energy pathways, that run through the breast area. The immune system is bolstered and the body’s innate healing ability is unlocked by performing gentle exercises. Wu Ming Qigong is taught by Michele Pedersen.Breast Cancer: Theresa Pstrak, owner of Beautiful Faces Permanent Makeup Salon, offers permanent tattoos, including Areola Pigmentation and Scar Revision. Visit her website at http://www.beautifulfacessalon.com/new/ or call 301.639.1218 for more details.Pregnancy Massage: For moms who are past the first trimester, this gentle form of massage combines several techniques and uses special supports to help promote comfort during the session. Massage during pregnancy helps relieve muscle soreness, allowing mom to experience relaxation.
HypnoBirthing: HypnoBirthing® teaches you and your birthing companion the joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn how to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and lessen discomfort. Through self hypnosis, special breathing and visualization, HypnoBirthing® allows you to release harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles. The HypnoBirthing® method shows you how to use your innate birthing instincts – while fully aware, fully in control, and profoundly relaxed. This relaxation can lead to reduced need for pain medication, episiotomies, and other complications. For classes, please contact Michele Pedersen, Certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Instructor, (443) 745-3959 for more information.Energy ModalitiesCranial Sacral Therapy: Subtle movements of the sacral, spinal, and cranial bones in an attempt to bring the central nervous system into harmony. By gently working with the spine, skull, cranial sutures, diaphragm, and fascia, nerve constrictions are released and cerebrospinal fluid flows freely. This therapy is effective for migraines, TMJ, and fibromyalgia.Reflexology: Specific pressure is applied to zones and reflex areas that correspond to all body parts, resulting in stress reduction and causing physiological changes in the body.Reiki Chakra Balancing: This is an energetic technique which specifically clears, energizes and balances the seven major chakras.Polarity Therapy: Fully clothed, soft touch, specific point touch, some rocking.