What Type of Massage is Right for Me?
Classic stress-relieving, medium pressure technique, using varied strokes of gliding and kneading to increase circulation, reduce toxins in the muscles, and promote an overall sense of well-being. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you have never had a massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Best for: An intro to massage, stress relief, relaxation, releasing cramped or tense muscles, couples massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Slow, deep pressure and skillful hand movements target stressed muscles, unlock tension and relieve pain. Deep tissue is very specific, methodical treatment and often used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. You may feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Best for: Treating stiff, painful trouble spots like the shoulder and neck.
Reflexology involves applying pressure on targeted areas of the feet using the acupressure points. It is belief that reflex points on the soles of the feet correspond to the various organs and parts of the body. The foot rub is good for stimulation the activity of internal organs, and to improve blood and lymph circulation.
Best for: People who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
Whether you're sore from Zumba class or snowboarding, this mega-muscle relaxing massage pinpoints your most painful parts with deep tissue work with a spasm-soothing oil, and application of an instant refreshing gel. Designed specifically for the very physically active, sports massage aids in recovery, keeps muscles limber, improves mobility, prevents injuries, and manages pain.
Best for: Athletes and physically active
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage provides relaxing benefits for both moms-to-be and baby. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage. This customized service is used to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease swelling, and relieve muscle aches and joint pain.
Best for: Expectant mothers (Note: Massage is not performed during the first trimester).
Now you can do yoga without doing the work! Thai massage works your entire body. The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to not only stretch you but also apply pressure on your muscles and loosen your joints. This type of massage is both energizing and relaxing. It also reduces stress and improves flexibility.
Best for: Improving energy, increased flexibility, overall health and well-being
Shiatsu, literally means "finger pressure," is an ancient technique from Japan. It combines gentle stretches with finger pressure to work on different pressure points. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterward.
Best for: Ailments such as headaches, back pain, and lack of energy
Hot Stone (Extra Cost)
Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. Smooth stones glide over skin, warming muscles and inducing a unique, comforting form of relaxation. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
Best for: "Centering" yourself, releasing very tense muscles, relaxation