Wellness Massage Options
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Integrated Bodywork includes targeted attention to specific areas: Head/Neck Shoulders/Back Back/Glutes. The therapist uses a combination of modalities to customize a treatment to meet your needs.
In addition, you may choose to have Deep Tissue work with muscle activation. Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques and can be used with muscle activation. Muscle activation is a process of contracting and relaxing the muscle being worked along with active breathing techniques.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are four contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, maintenance, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Prenatal or pregnancy massage is performed by our trained prenatal massage specialist. Many methods of massage and somatic therapy are effective and safe prenatally, during labor, and the postpartum periods of pregnancy. Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy related discomforts and concerns, and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of mother and baby. During labor, skilled, appropriate, massage facilitates progression, shortens labor times and eases pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother, and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in anatomy, physiology, complications of pregnancy, and precautions and contraindications of prenatal massage, is necessary. WM works with your doctor, midwife, or other healthcare provider to help make your pregnancy and delivery as stress free and healthy as possible.