This information is a basic guideline. Your session will be customized to your immediate needs and may incorporate multiple therapies listed below.
One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by applying light to firm muscle pressure with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation and is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Most massage modalities incorporate Swedish massage techniques.
Therapeutic massage addresses soft tissue malfunction that is causing pain or restriction of motion. It may incorporate advanced techniques such as trigger point therapy, stretching, myofascial release and massage cupping. Your massage therapist will discuss this with you before and during your session. If a full body massage is desired then the session will include some relaxation elements from Swedish massage to address those parts of the body that do not have specific issues.
Swedish massage based session with pure essential oils incorporated. Clients may choose from available oils or bring a preferred oil. (Some therapists are not able to work with all oils.)
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues and is especially helpful for chronic muscle tension and extremely contracted areas. Deep Tissue Massage does not have to cause pain. The slow repetition of strokes, working progressively deeper into the tissue can be both painfree and effective. However, because it usually focuses on specific, already tense areas of the body some soreness may result following the massage.
Focuses on the needs of the athlete per their specific sport and demands placed on the body. Includes stretching as needed to release muscle tension and restore balance. Studies have shown massage therapy can decrease athlete recovery time and prevent injuries.
A specialized form of manual massage in which pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in a muscle. Also called trigger points, these small areas of muscle tissue contracture create a lack of blood and nutrients in that area causing an inability for that muscle to relax. The area is hypersensitive and can lead to referral pain, which is a phenomenon in which areas far away from the trigger point experience sensations of pain, tingling or numbness.
(MAT) incorporates myofascial and skeletal balancing techniques to prevent or relieve chronic pain conditions. MAT was developed by Erik Dalton, PhD, using his knowledge and experience with Vladimir Janda’s postural assessment model, osteopathy and Rolfing. A session of Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy will integrate assisted stretching, Golgi tendon release, muscle spindle relaxation, and facet work.
**Dress in athletic shorts (or spandex) and sports bras for women.
(MFR) pioneered by John F. Barnes, PT, involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Sessions are performed directly on skin without oils, creams or tools. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Unlike other forms of massage that compresses soft tissues, cupping gently lifts skin and underlying soft tissue into the cup with the use of suction. Cupping is relaxing and generally not painful. The sensation that is experienced is a pulling of the skin as the cup is moved in a rolling fashion. Redness or a feeling of warmth is usually experienced after the release of the cup due to increase blood flow to the area.
Bamboo-fusion Massage is a gentle, yet deep and innovative treatment developed by Nathalie Cecilia, LMT that combines warmed bamboo tools and rhythmic massage movements to relax the body and rejuvenate the soul. Excellent for Deep Tissue Massage but can easily be adapted for all pressure preferences.
Basalt stones have been known for centuries for their healing properties and their ability to retain heat. Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, water-heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The moist heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm tight muscles so the therapist can access deeper muscle layers more quickly.
Himalayan salt is characteristically pink and contains 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements. It has long been used for health and healing in Eastern traditions. During the massage session, therapists use gel and warmed Himalayan salt stones to apply pressure, using Swedish massage techniques. The effect is a profound sense of well-being and promotes healthy, glowing skin through light exfoliation.
A powerful method of healing that combines deep compression, acupressure and passive stretching, it has been said that a single Thai massage is like seeing your massage therapist, acupuncturist and chiropractor in one day, then taking a yoga class! Intensity and pressure can be modified to your comfort and to achieve your goals.
**Dress in loose or stretchy clothes. Your Thai massage will be performed on a large, cushioned floor mat.
Thai foot reflexology works on the feet, lower leg, and knees, freeing up blocked energy in the body’s Thai-based meridians to create a feeling of deep relaxation, balance, and well-being. According to acupuncture and acupressure theory, there are 7,200 sensory nerve endings in each foot, which are connected to the internal organs of the body. Thai foot massage is based on the belief there are zones and reflex areas in the feet which correspond to the systems of the body.
Therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs with safety and comfort in mind. Also called prenatal massage, this modality draws from Swedish/Therapeutic massage techniques and can focus on specific areas of tension as well as full body relaxation.
Gentle massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The main focus is to support healing.
Session times below are full on table times. Pricing subject to change.
~Additional $10 for Hot Stone, Bamboo-fusion, Cupping, Thai Massage
~Additional $20 for Himalayan Salt Stone
~Add 30 minutes of attention to feet and a foot polish/scrub to any above session, $50
~Add Arnica Oil for tired, achy muscles, $12
~Doubles/Couples sessions are $240 for 60 minutes and $300 for 90 minutes. (please call for booking, not available online or last minute. 30 minute couples sessions are not offered.)
Massage is essential to living well.
Making massage a regular part of your health routine can be challenging. Balance Benefits rewards those who have integrated massage therapy into their wellness plan and make it more affordable to continue receiving massage therapy. Purchase any three sessions in advance and receive $5 off each 30 or 45 minute session or $10 off each 60 or 90 minute session. Most HSA and FSA (Health Savings and Flex Savings Accounts) now accept massage therapy when performed by a licensed/certified therapist. Please check your HSA website or call the number on your HSA card to confirm.
The Rewards Card was also developed to reward regular clients who choose to make massage a priority for their health and wellbeing. After 5 visits, you save $20 on a 6th visit and then continue to save $20 on every 6th visit in the future. (Balance Benefits and Rewards Cards may not be combined.)
~Referrals are greatly appreciated. Tell someone about your experience with us and when they come in for their first appointment, you receive a $15 Referral Reward in the mail.
~Happy Birthday Coupons. Provide us with your email and birthdate on your intake form and you will automatically receive a $20 Birthday Coupon a few weeks before your big day!
your massage therapist spends at least 30 additional minutes on you at every appointment? It is essential to properly prepare for your individual session and ensure you receive the treatment you deserve. By creating an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, pre-warming the table, taking the time to discuss how we can best help you and then properly cleaning and sanitizing the room, we set the stage to deliver an exceptional healing session for each client.