•Relaxation Massage (60 minutes) A gentle, flowing massage to promote a deep state of relaxation.
•Therapeutic Massage (60-90 minutes) A deep tissue massage, individualized to address the acute and chronic conditions to attain a lasting benefit from the experience.
•Hot stone Massage (60-90 minutes) Incorporates the use of heated Basalt stones to attain relaxation while allowing deeper penetration to muscles and tissues.
•SomatoEmotional Release (60 minutes) The use of gentle, hands on techniques allowing previously traumatized tissues to release stored energy enabling the body's own ability to restore health.
•CranioSacral Therapy (60 minutes) Gentle hands on method of enhancing the flow of cerebral spinal blood and lymph fluids to facilitate the body's natural healing ability.
Appropriate for migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, orthopedic problems, chronic fatigue, learning disabilities, and autism.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle treatment approach that works with the natural, self correcting mechanisms of the body and the craniosacral system (membranes and fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord). A CST is a hands-on method of enhancing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, blood and lymph system to facilitate the body's natural healing.
CST works with the fascia of the body. Fascia is the tough connective tissue which holds our organs, muscles and bones together, conducts electrical impulses and is the place of meridians of Eastern philosophy. CST is useful to detect and release restrictions in mobility and to determine core issues so that treatment is focused on the cause rather than presenting symptoms.
CranioSacral Therapy helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction including: migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and tension related disorders, motor-coordinator impairments, infant and childhood disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, post traumatic stress and many orthopedic problems.
You can locate additional information about CranioSacral Therapy at:
The Upledger Institute
What can you expect from a CST session?
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. The practitioner begins by gently touching various parts of your body to detect and monitor rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release noted restrictions or problem areas. CST emphasizes tissue release or a sense of softening and relaxation that is perceptible (i.e. softening, lengthening, heat) when the technique in use has come to a successful completion. A typical session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapeutic techniques. After a successful session, you should feel deeply relaxed and comfortable.
What is SomatoEmotional Release?
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a gentle, hands-on technique used by a practitioner to locate, identify and release areas of restriction within the cells or tissues to allow decreased pain, increase mobility, improve fluid and energy flow through those structures. Throughout life, a person's body experiences physical trauma (major and minor) from various sources (accidental, intentional, surgical, falls, injury) during which energy from that trauma is stored within the cellular structures.
Over the course of a lifetime, these traumas provoke restrictions in the flow of energy (i.e. nerve impulses) or fluid (i.e. lymph and blood) or fibrosis in the actual tissues or fascia (i.e. soma) leading to dis-ease or dis-ability. The use of SER techniques by a skilled professional can facilitate the release of those restrictions and improve the flow of fluid and energy through those structures. Although SER has an emotional component, it does not necessarily pertain to outward emotions as we see them or feel them. The release can be expressed on an outward emotional level, or likely expressed subtly or only on a
What can you expect from an SER session?
The session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table. Similar to a CranioSacral Therapy session, the skilled professional applies delicate manual techniques used to release noted restrictions or problem areas. Upon completion of a successful session, you will feel relaxed, but also energetic. You will continue to feel improvement in any areas previously painful or restricted for the next 24 – 48 hours as the tissues continue to release.
What is a therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to help decrease pain, promote relaxation and decrease muscle tension. It is the application of mild to deep pressure on the muscles, between muscle and bone or on the skin to stimulate nerve impulses to signal the body to relax. Health benefits of a therapeutic massage include: improved circulation, improved sensation, a positive outlook when dealing with chronic illness and disease, improvement to any symptoms experiences during times of high stress, high tension lifestyle including blood pressure, acid reflux, headaches and migraines, insomnia, pain and mental distress. It can improve one's sense of health and feelings of well being. It can positively effect chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndromes.
What is the difference between a therapeutic and relaxation massage?
A relaxation massage is for anyone who simply wishes to relax their muscles and relieve tensions from daily life. During a relaxation massage, the massage therapist will use mild to moderate pressure to kneed, stretch, pull or mold muscle and tissue to induce a relaxing effect on the body. Typically called a Swedish massage as no deep pressure techniques are applied and should remain pain free throughout the session.
The typical session occurs in a quiet and warm environment with soft music to promote a sense of relaxation and calmness. The therapist will use oil, cream or gel to aid in gliding across the skin and avoid pulling of skin or hair causing discomfort. A session lasts form
60 – 90 minutes and is adjusted to each client and the needs with which they present.
A therapeutic massage is directed towards an area of pain or discomfort, injury, overuse or over-work (such as athletes, persons with chronic neck or back injuries, carpel tunnel syndrome, etc.) The session lasts from 60 – 90 minutes and employs the uses of deep tissue techniques, stretching, kneading, and pulling in order to release spastic, tight or painful muscles. There are techniques that may cause some discomfort during the massage, but will facilitate greater capacity for activity and lengthened period of painlessness or relaxation.
What is a "hot stone" massage?
A hot stone massage employs the use of Basalt river stones heated to a temperature of approximately 110 degrees which the skilled profession places on the body. The massage therapist also uses the stones in conjunction with usual manual techniques to massage the tissues allowing greater depth of relaxation and improved circulation. Throughout the session the professional monitors your response and adjusts accordingly.