What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massage is defined as the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body to obtain or maintain health and promote well-being. Archaeological and historical evidence indicates that massage has been a healing method for thousands of years in many regions of the world. Today, it is one of the safest modalities of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to be practiced in the United States.

The Healing Power of Touch

Receiving regular bodywork has a number of positive effects on your emotional and physical well-being. It can:

  • Accelerate recovery of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Boost the immune system and increase production of natural killer cells
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Decrease muscular pain & tension
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Heighten mental alertness & concentration
  • Improve flexibility & range of motion
  • Increase muscular nutrition by bringing blood & oxygen to the muscles
  • Lessen stress, fatigue, & anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure & heart rate
  • Raise self esteem & body awareness
  • Release endorphins & enhance mood
  • Stimulate weak, inactive muscles

While massage therapy does not replace standard medical treatment, studies have shown that it may also be beneficial for people suffering from the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Low back pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lymphedema
  • Multiple Schlerosis (MS)
  • Neck & shoulder tension
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Physical & emotional stress
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Rhematoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Sports & repetitive motion injuries
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

Massage Modalities We Practice

Whether you are seeking pain relief or just looking to relax, you will be in good hands. Our bodyworkers use a combination of massage modalities tailored to each client’s needs:

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most widely recognized and practiced modalities in the West. The massage therapist uses five long, flowing strokes to increase oxygen to the blood stream and flush toxins from the superficial muscle tissue. This eases muscle and joint tension and increases circulation. The benefits of Swedish massage are maximized during a full body session, especially if the client’s main goal is to relieve stress and increase relaxation. Book Now

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage, sometimes referred to as clinical massage, utilizes slower strokes to release chronic tension patterns and adhesions formed in the deeper layers of muscle tissue. A deep tissue session usually addresses a specific area of the body, penetrating deep into the muscle fibers to bring long-lasting pain relief to the area. The massage therapist will usually develop a care plan for the client depending on the severity of the problem. Book Now

Trigger Point/Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Trigger Point/NMT massage is a specialized form of deep tissue massage that treats areas of irritation within strained bands of muscle tissue. These irritated areas, formally known as trigger points, are present in most cases of chronic muscular pain. During an NMT session, the massage therapist and client work together to reduce or eliminate trigger points through static compression and breathing. This is an extremely effective method in managing pain and stress levels in the body. Book Now

Sports Massage

Also known as performance massage, sports massage is an effective massage technique used to loosen and invigorate you physically and mentally. It reduces tension in muscles and joints that are affected by athletic use or injury, borrowing strokes from Swedish and Deep Tissue massage to flush lactic acid from muscles. Clearing metabolic waste from the muscle tissue helps speed up recovery time and increase flexibility, which in turn, improves athletic performance. Book Now

Prenatal Massage

Evidence shows that therapeutic massage during pregnancy is beneficial to maternal and fetal health. Regular prenatal sessions can relieve tension in muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and depression, increase circulation of the lymphatic and circulatory systems and reduce swelling, and actually shift the balance in hormones to improve labor outcomes. Prenatal massage is often performed in the side-lying position and is shown to be safe during first, second and third trimesters in normal pregnancies. We do not offer prenatal massage in the prone, or face down, position due to the strain it can put on uterine ligaments. Book Now

Postpartum Massage

Receiving therapeutic bodywork once baby is born can boost your recovery and general well-being as you adjust to caring for this precious new life. Postpartum massage can help regulate hormones, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process (particularly with a c-section delivery), improve sleep quality and even assists with a more positive breastfeeding experience by increasing milk flow. Mothers can receive bodywork whenever they feel ready and the session can be performed face up, face down, or in the side-lying position depending on comfort. Book Now

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy incorporates smooth stones heated in a special warmer to relax and loosen tense muscles and fascia during the session. Basalt stones may be placed on muscles before the practitioner addresses an area or used as a bodywork tool allowing for deeper pressure. The temperature and weight of the heated stones can also provide a sense of relaxation. Your massage therapist will determine the best way to implement them based on your goals for the session. Book Now


Reiki is an ancient Japanese non-touch healing method that aims to reduce stress, relieve pain and induce relaxation. This traditional practice offers multi-dimensional healing to address each client on a physical, mental and spiritual level. During the session, the practitioner focuses on their client’s “ki,” or life energy to promote healing. Clients may feel a calming sensation in their palms, feet and forehead, while others may experience a release of physical symptoms. This modality is offered as a stand-alone service, as well as an add-on for those seeking a well-rounded session. Book Now

Preparing for your First Session

Check out our blog post on preparing for your first massage for recommendations on do’s and don’t prior to your session. If you have any questions about the modalities we practice or the session itself, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Massage Contraindications

Massage therapy is contraindicated for a number of medical conditions. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you are unsure if massage therapy is right for you.

It is important to complete the health history portion of your client intake form and provide updates to your massage therapist if there are any significant changes to your health.

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