What is it?

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

Swedish      |      Deep Tissue      |      Hot Stone      |      Aromatherapy

Swedish Massage                     $60/hour;   $100/90minates;  REG $99/hour

Swedish massage is the what most of us think about when we hear the word "massage."  It is sometimes also called traditional massage. Swedish massage is performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist who lubricates the bare skin with massage oil and uses gliding and other movements to massage the whole body.  It usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, but you can get a longer service or combine it with another one, like a body scrub.  Swedish massage is the most commonly requested type of massage at spas today.

The purpose of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body, but it also has a number of other health benefits.  Swedish massage improves blood circulation, increases the level of oxygen in the blood, helps the body removes toxins, improves flexibility, eases tension and helps with pain management.  

Deep Tissue Massage                    $70/hour;   $110/90minates;    REG $99/hour

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots.

It will hurt a little, and likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.

It's important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you might be sore the next day.

It's possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you DO drink water. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues.

Hot Stone Massage                    $75/hour;   $115/90minates;              REG $109/hour

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Watch a video of a hot stone massage.

 

Aromatherapy Massage                    $70/hour;   $110/90minates;               REG $109/hour

An aromatherapy massage we use oil also contains a essential oil (or a blend of essential oils) derived from plants.  Essential oils can penetrate the body through the skin, and have multiple benefits beyond a nice smell.  They affect your mood, alleviate pain, help the body detoxify, and a variety of other effects,  depending on the essential oil.  You can choose something that is relaxing, balancing, or invigorating, based on how you want to feel when the massage is finished.

In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with a massage oil like sweet almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil.  In the early days, massage therapists might have a few bottles of popular essential oils -- lavender, peppermint, bergamot, rose-geranium -- and add a few drops to the oil they used.