Massage therapy improves health, maintains wellness, and can prevent illness. It has been shown to improve circulation, joint mobility, lymphatic drainage, immune system functioning, and overall sense of well-being. It can also reduce anxiety, depression, muscle tension and spasm.
Research has shown that it achieves these improvements by releasing endorphins (hormones associated with feeling good), and by decreasing cortisol (a hormone associated with stress).
Massage therapy can help people of all ages with pain, injury, illness, and stress. It can also prevent some of these problems from happening in the first place. In short, it offers a non-invasive, drug-free, personalized approach to health and wellness, based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
The principle of Swedish massage is to manipulate the superficial layers of muscles and connective tissue. Being the most popular treatment in the Western world, it aims to balance muscle tone, increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
It is relaxing, yet it can still facilitate many other therapeutic benefits. It uses movements called "Swedish techniques", such as effleurage, kneading, rocking, frictions, or many others. They are not invasive techniques and should be pain free if no dysfunction is present.
This type of massage is best suited for your first massage session, it allows me to assess your tissues, so that I have a general impression of what tissues are affected, and what techniques are best suited to be used, based on your preference of pressure/depth.
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff neck, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage techniques are more specific and work layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest available layers to change posture and create freedom of movement.
Sports massage is ideal prior to and following athletic activities.
It can help prevent injuries to the soft tissues and joints, as well as facilitate repair of overexerted or strained muscles by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which will help reduce swelling, muscle fatigue as well as muscle tension.
During a treatment I use essential oils that are derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
I will help you choose the right oil that is particularly suited to your needs. All oils are customized to promote wellness and de-stressing, and during your aromatherapy session I will utilize organic essential oils to encourage deep revitalization.