BodyCentric Healing Arts

Massage Therapies

Massage or massage therapy are systems of hands-on structured manipulation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. Superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue are manipulated to enhance function, aid in the healing process, promote relaxation and well being. The massage system may include, but is not limited to, such techniques as, stroking, kneading, gliding, percussion, friction, vibration, compression, passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. We offer a full range of massage therapies as listed below.


Deep Tissue Massage:

Deep tissue goes beyond the superficial layer of muscle with techniques that are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. Advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology are required. Deep tissue massage targets knots and helps relieve chronic muscular pain. It also helps with injury rehabilitation, reducing scar tissue, and may reduce inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis in addition to other causes or conditions. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. Back to the top


Manual Lymph Drainage massage (MLD):

MLD is a form of very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. It is particularly good for detoxification, edema, pre-and post-plastic surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments, scar tissue, spider veins, redness and acne.
The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the circulation system. It delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins. MLD stimulates the lymph system with extremely light, circular pumping movements which are very soothing and relaxing.
By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist helps drain puffy swollen tissues, support the immune system, help the body heal from surgery, and aid in natural waste removal or detoxification.Back to the top


Prenatal /Pregnancy Massage:

Many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe prenatally and during labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Specific techniques can reduce discomforts such as headache, low backache, morning sickness, nerve pain, leg cramps, and swelling and edema. The stimulation and circulation of blood and lymph fluids of prenatal massage reduces tissue waste and swelling around the joints. Emotional and physiological well being of both the mother and fetus are enhanced. Studies reveal hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress lead to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health of both the mother and newborn when massage therapy was introduced on a regular basis.Stress hormones were reduced and serotonin and dopamine levels were increased. This led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. Skilled touch may facilitate labor; shorten labor time, and ease pain and anxiety. During the postpartum period, specialized techniques assist in rebalancing structure, physiology, and emotions of the mother. Approval from your health care provider is recommended prior to receiving prenatal massage. Back to the top


Raindrop Technique:

This is a gentle, non-invasive treatment combining essential oils, back and foot massage, and heat application. Designed to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment it is helpful in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine caused by viruses and bacteria that may lie dormant deep within the body. Antimicrobial essential oils are used to reduce inflammation by killing the viral agents. The seven primary oils are Oregano (battles viruses), Thyme (anti-viral), Birch (bone repair), Basil (muscle relaxant), Peppermint (topical analgesic), Valor (for spinal alignment and muscle problems), and Marjoram (anti-spasmodic). They are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about six inches above the back and massaged along the vertebrae. After they are massaged into the skin and reflex points have been stimulated heat is applied to enhance the benefits of the oils. The oils used in this forty-five-minute treatment continue to work for the next five to seven days. The detoxifying process of the raindrop technique helps rid the body of toxins and boost the immune system. Highly relaxing it helps reduce stress, back pain and tension. Back to the top


Sports Massage:

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is often 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 often immediately following the event or within a day or two post-event. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. This 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. Regular therapeutic massage during training can improve performance and reduce the probability of injury by regularly flushing toxins, increasing flexibility, and promoting healthy tissue function. Back to the top


Swedish Massage:

Popularly known as classic massage, this type of massage utilizes five basic massage strokes of gliding, kneading, friction, vibration, and percussion. Primarily used to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension, and enhance circulation as blood is pushed towards the heart for greater oxygenation. It has also been shown to help reduce pain and joint stiffness as well as reduce toxins in the muscles. This is typically a full body massage with light to medium pressure with oil or lotion applied to the skin. Back to the top


Therapeutic Massage:

Aimed towards a therapeutic outcome this method employees a clinical approach and often utilizes advanced techniques. Pain and chronic health issues are often the focus of a therapeutic massage. Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, and poor posture are among the many musculoskeletal dysfunctions this approach may treat. You may benefit from a therapeutic massage prior to a surgical procedure, or during recovery, following a trauma, or simply to improve general health and wellness. Following a health history intake and postural evaluation the practitioner discusses your goals and creates a personalized program with you on how to best help you attain your desired outcome. A variety of techniques may be integrated to best meet your needs. Communication with the practitioner is important to stay on target with you goals and assure you are receiving the best possible treatment. Back to the top


Thai-Yoga Massage:

Thai-Yoga massage enhances the free and natural movements of the body through combining gentle, sustained stretching and applied pressure. This form of assisted yoga is believed to open the body’s energy channels and enhance self-awareness allowing deeper levels of consciousness to emerge. Gentle vibration and energy work with the chakras is integrated into a gracefully flowing sequence. Unique positioning with props is incorporated to facilitate myofascial stretching without strain. Synchronized breathing between the client and the practitioner is used to facilitate the depth of the postures and induce a meditative calm state of mind. Thai-Yoga massage blends elements from both the Eastern and Western cultures of bodywork. It is practiced on a comfortable floor mat instead of a table, instrumental in the use of the practitioner’s body weight. No yoga experience is necessary. Except for the feet, the client wears loose comfortable clothing. The effects are cleansing, restoring, and uplifting. Back to the top


Integrated Thai Therapeutic Massage:

This unique treatment incorporates both eastern and western techniques. Soothing, traditional Swedish massage is blended with the gentle stretching and acupressure of Thai massage to promote deep relaxation and provide relief from sore, tight muscles. Back to the top


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