About Massage Therapy About Herbal Medicine
Massage releases chronic tension and
pain in muscles, improves circulation,
increases flexibility in the joints, and
reduces mental and physical fatigue. In
addition, massage is one of the most
effective means available to combat stress.
But the question most people want
answered before first trying this enjoyable
and healthful experience is, "What is
massage like?"
  Who will give me my massage?

Your massage will be given by a massage therapist with many hours of
training, often in several types of massage. In addition, massage therapists
have a basic competence in anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of
when massage is and is not appropriate. A growing number of states license
massage therapists.

What kinds of massage can I get?

Swedish massage is what many people think of when massage is mentioned.
It uses long light strokes, deep kneading, small friction-type motions, light
tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques
is long. Ask your massage therapist to explain any other techniques she or
he uses.

What is the first appointment like?

Your massage therapist will begin by asking some general health questions
since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your
massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and relax onto
the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet.

Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and
comfort. Your massage therapist may offer cushions or an adjustable face
rest for support. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to
set a relaxing mood.

For a full body massage, most people undress completely, though you may
choose to wear underwear. You are warmly draped at all times, except for
the area being worked on.

Your massage therapist will usually use a lubricant, such as light oil or
lotion, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of
massage, no oil is used and you remain clothed.

A massage usually begins with a light steady touch, followed by broad,
flowing strokes. This starts calming your nervous system and releasing
tension in your superficial muscles. Gradually, as your body becomes
ready, your massage therapist works more deeply to relax specific areas.

What should I do in a massage?

Make yourself comfortable. If your massage therapist wants you to adjust
your position, she will either move you (for instance lift your arm) or will tell
you what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make
yourself more comfortable.

Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage.
Others prefer to talk. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is
certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what
your massage therapist is doing, or about massage in general.

The desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing.
In fact, deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.

Will a massage ever hurt?

Massage on healthy tissue feels good, and the saying "no pain, no gain"
is not true for massage. The most effective and the deepest massage works
with the body's natural responses, rather than against them. Always tell your
massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so she or he can adjust to a
more appropriate level.

Massage used to address a painful injury may at first cause some discomfort,
which usually

noticeably in the first few minutes. Your massage therapist knows ways to
minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.


Massage Therapies

Massage Sampler                                                       60 minutes $65.00
Combination of styles designed to personalize the massage by blending
massage techniques from around the world.

Foot Reflexology                                                         30 minutes $40.00
Method of using thumbs and fingers on reflex points corresponding to all
areas of the body. Relieves tension and stress while stimulating the nervous
systems. Massage may include hands, head and neck.

Aromatherapy                                                             60 minutes $75.00
Delight the senses as the unique aromas of the essential oils add a new
dimension to the massage.

Swedish                                                                     60 minutes $65.00
Classical, relaxing massage combining three basic strokes: long firm strokes,
kneading and small circles.

Deep Tissue & Sports Massage                                   60 minutes $65.00
Combines classical Swedish style with neuro-musclar techniques, trigger
points, and compression to reduce soreness. Excellent when preparing
for sports activities or after a strenuous workout.

Shiatsu                                                                      60 minutes $75.00
Japanese pressure point treatment using palms, fingers and thumbs to
release tension and increase circulation of energy based on Oriental healing.
Pressure applied through clothing or sheet without oils.

Jin Shin Acupressure                                                  60 minutes $75.00
Gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points with body focusing
techniques, to help release physical and emotional tension, assist the immune
system, alleviate common ailments and harmonize the flow of life energy
within the body. Performed without oils.

Thai                                                                          60 minutes $75.00
Traditional massage from Thailand. Unique combination of gentle rocking and
stretching using range of motion and acupressure techniques applied through
clothing without oil.

Lymphatic Cellulite Massage                                       60 minutes $75.00
Light touch massage creates a healthy lymph system and boosts the immune

Neck and Shoulder Massage                                      30 minutes $40.00
Swedish massage focusing on the neck, shoulders and lower back.

Cranio - Sacral Massage                                             60 minutes $75.00
A gentle manipulation technique to locate and help relieve physical problems
through enhancing the functions of your body's mechanisms. Relieves stress
and enhances overall well - being.

Pregnancy Massage                                                   60 minutes $65.00
                                                                                 90 minutes $90.00
A nurturing and nourishing massage to alleviate discomfort during pregnancy
due to body changes. Relieves stress on weight baring joints and reduces
swelling. Very calming and relaxing for both mother and baby.




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