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This section is meant to be educational in nature, so that you understand what skills the therapist has. By picking one or another does not limit the kind of work you receive. All massages are tailored to what you and your body need. During your intake, you can mention the technique you feel you would most benefit from and the therapist will adjust accordingly to make sure you experience the maximum benefit during your session.
Swedish - A "general" massage. If you don't know what you might need or are new to massage, this is a good place to start. Great for those who are stressed and need a more relaxing experience. Involves the use of long, flowing strokes with light to medium pressure. This soothing massage sedates the nervous system and brings warmth and softness to tired muscles. Swedish massage will provide you with lasting relaxation, often followed by enhanced energy. Swedish is the baseline upon which other styles are performed.
Deep Tissue - A deep tissue massage is for the person who likes a strong touch and has one or more problematic/bothersome areas in the body. Deep tissue affects the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. Trigger point therapy is often used during this type of work to break adhesions. Trigger points are localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are in constant contracture and are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can often send referred pain sensations to other parts of the body. Deep tissue massage coupled with trigger point therapy helps relieve chronic muscular pain, stiffness, and aids with injury rehabilitation by bringing more localized circulation. It also assists with increased range of motion to the surrounding tissues and joints by relieving tension on the muscles.
Sports Massage - Are you one of New York’s competitive athletes? Being the best at what you do comes with several maintenance issues. If you are preparing for an event, recovering from one, or want to maintain the great shape you already have, sports massage can help. Depending on your situation, we may employ the use of Neural Reset Therapy (NRT), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching or Active Releases to strengthen muscles, restore mobility or increase range of motion. We will wake up your muscles and melt your worries.
Medical Massage - Are you recovering from a surgery? Did your physician say your diagnosis could benefit from massage therapy? This technique is designed to facilitate healing and to restore functionality of musculature. Post surgical massage helps restore range of movement and keep the muscles supple so less scar tissue develops. Has it been years and it still hasn't gone back to normal? We know how to bring it back, without pain. Work is done specifically.
Pre/Post Natal - Designed to nurture and support new and expecting mothers. Pamper yourself and find relief from the aches and pains of a changing body. The therapist is aware of what is going on inside and out with the changing anatomy of the pregnant body. To maximize comfort, relief and safety, we may use a customized cushion that allows you to lie face down (we know you've been stuck lying on your side for months!).
Reflexology - Based on the principle that the feet and hands have reflex areas or points that correspond to every organ, gland and system of the body. Applying pressure to these reflex areas will help to normalize organ function. Uses special tools for pointed pressure. Perfect for those who work on their feet all day. Can be done on hands as well. Common feedback to this technique is the feeling that your feet feel like new.
Hot Stone - Take your massage experience to the next level. Enjoy the pleasure and the therapeutic effects of heated basalt stones. Stones are heated in a unique non-water based method. No Mess! This unique method also allows for the hot stones to come to your home, with our mobile massage options. If you have never experienced hot stone massage, imagine your therapists' hands being warm with every touch. Heat has an incredible and effortless way of relaxing the muscles and tissues. Using the stones as an extension of the therapists' hands, the hot stones reduce the prep time it takes to work on a muscle deeply, as well as introduces texture and shapes to the touch not available otherwise.
Thai Massage - Perfect for those that enjoy yoga or moving massages. This type of massage is performed on the floor with the therapist moving your body through different positions seamlessly. In each position, muscles are stretched, joints are activated, and kinks are relaxed and eased. It is a very relaxing method of performing a massage and when seen from outside, it looks like a dance. The effect is in a word, wholesome, as it feels your entire body is engaged, but without effort on your end. Very useful as a post/pre exercise stretch routine. This technique is done primarily with clothes on, however the therapist may incorporate some of the stretching techniques as part of the table massage.
Neural Reset Therapy (NRT) - NRT is an advanced form of manual therapy that addresses outstanding issues within the musculo-skeletal system by communicating directly with the nervous system. All muscles are controlled by the nervous system and proper application of NRT resets the nervous system connections, releasing muscles from excessive tension, returning them to their more relaxed, flexible state. As a result of the reset, the knots, pain and tightness go away, leaving room for joint mobility and improvement of posture. The results are surprisingly rapid and effective for most issues you would see a massage therapist or physical therapist for. NRT is less a technique and more of a method of application based on sound physiological and neurological principles.
The principles of NRT were derived from the work of scientists (Sherrington and Pflüger) over a century ago, and recently integrated into manual work by Lawrence Woods. Use of NRT requires a deep understanding of the body's muscle bodies and the connections they have to the skeletal system, surrounding tissues, and the nervous system. Furthermore, an understanding of the laws by which our body's muscle systems work (such as the Law of Reciprocal Inhibition and the Law of Symmetry) enable us to relay information to the nervous system that alters the physical state of the muscles.
Each muscle and the tissues surrounding it have nerve bundles specifically designed to receive information. They are constantly working to relay information about muscle pressure, velocity, vibration, stretch, and other forces acting upon them. Any change in these forces is relayed to the spinal cord and brain, the body reacting to the change accordingly. With this in mind, using NRT, we can stimulate the receptors in the muscle(s) we are targeting to elicit the response we want. Stimulating the receptors can be in the form of resistance to a particular movement, of vibration on a particular part of the muscle, or as a tap on the muscle body or tendon. Once the new information is received by the brain, it will respond to it accordingly. If done properly, we can reset the muscle tone and remove the problems that were caused by the muscle being in the wrong state.