Lymphatic therapy is a light, rhythmic, energetically stimulating bodywork of primarily light touch, performed on the supine body, addressing the lymphatic system ~ the body's immune transport and waste removal system. For those who are detoxifying or cleansing, recovering from illness, injury or medical procedure, or seeking to boost immune function, lymphatic therapy is ideal. This therapy stimulates the natural flow of the lymph vessels through subtle massage (“lighter than a nickel’s weight”) across the skin, underneath which the majority of vessels lay. Lymph nodes (at neck, shoulder/armpits, elbows, belly, inguinal region, knees and ankles) are addressed with deeper pressure. The massage increases circulation of lymph, with benefits including fluid drainage from face/sinuses, extremities and abdomen, reduced swelling of nodes and edemas, removal of toxins, stimulation of the immune system, accelerated healing, reduction of scar tissue, and removal of subdermal fat (in conjunction with palpate & roll technique promotes dissipation of cellulite).
A full body therapy, deep musculoskeletal and myofascial layers of the body are accessed in supine and prone positions. Deep pressure is applied to the complex muscle groups of the neck and shoulders (rotator cuff, bursa, subscapularis, serratus, rhomboids and levator, scalines erector spinae), hips, lower back and legs (iliop-psoas, adductors, abductors, rotators, piriformis etc.). In conjunction with passive stretching, rhythmic joint articulation and percussion/chopping, a profound relaxing of the body can be achieved. Reduction of pain and stiffness, flushing of toxins, and improved range of motion are benefits of the deep tissue massage.
For those with higher intensity work-out regimens, or who are training for or recovering from athletic events, Sports massage is ideal. This bodywork utilizes Deep Tissue technique at a brisker pace, with greater emphasis on percussive strokes, kneading of the muscles, stretches and deep penetrating pressure, targeting areas of greatest stress. Improved circulation, breaking up of scar tissue and fascial adhesions, increased flexibility, and decreased recovery time are all benefits of the Sports massage.
The classic relaxing spa massage, Swedish uses bold flowing strokes (effleurage) in conjunction with focused work (petrissage) on smaller areas to warm and loosen the body up and increase circulation. Rythmic pressure (tapotement), rocking and passive stretching release tension and improve flexibility and range of movement. I massage the body’s superficial muscles and fascia in both supine and prone positions using light to deep pressure. Improved bloodflow and oxygenation, flushing of toxins, reduction of stress and pain, and increased relaxation are all benefits of this massage.
HAND & FOOT FOCUS
An exquisite, relaxing and invigorating massage of the subtle extremeties. The hands and feet are microcosms of the body, allowing direct access to the other organs and systems of the body through micro-chakras and meridians/nadis. The feet contain 7000 nerve endings each, and the hands an astounding 1,300 per square inch. Intentional pressure and energy applied to the hands and feet can release neuromuscular, emotional, and energetic blockages across the whole body. This therapy pays detailed attention to the muscles, tendons, fascial layers, & energetic matrix of the hands and feet, as well as massaging and articulating the tissues of the ankles, wrists, forearms, calves and shins.