What does taking a Clinical Approach mean?
In general, taking a clinical approach to massage therapy involves specific work to a part of your body per visit- usually an area of pain. It is also defined as medical treatment based on only considering facts and not influenced by emotion or feelings.
In our practice, taking a clinical approach is a different experience- we not only address issues of pain in a therapeutic way, but we take care of your whole body during each session. That means listening to what you say, listening to your body through our touch, and providing a warm, positive, and safe environment in which you can find stress relief. This combination of addressing issues while taking care of the body as a whole feels complete and leaves our clients feeling balanced.
What Type of Therapy is Right for Me?
Vacuum Cupping Therapy
We use this type of therapy in almost all our of our treatments because of the effective results our clients experience from receiving this along with their massage session. It's a unique sensation! We apply dry cups to your skin to help move stagnation, draw out inflammation, and drain/move fluids in the body. We encourage you to not be alarmed at the pictures you see online for cupping. Cupping discoloration can be a combination of dead or stagnant blood cells, lymph cells, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and/or toxins present in the body. These marks indicate that the stagnation has been moved from the deeper tissue layers and have risen to the surface for your lymphatic system to then clean and dispose of. The discoloration are not bruises because cupping does not cause damage to the capillaries. These marks usually disappear within 3-10 days. The more often you receive cupping, the better your body responds to this type of therapy!
Face Lifting and Drainage
Vacuum Cupping applications for the face can be used to vacuum across the skin, or mimic the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. This procedure can be done in a few minutes, and is simply a manual method that mimics equipment currently in use today. The benefits include increased local circulation to the skin, bringing nutrition to the surface, stimulating natural elasticity along with enhanced assimilation of ampoules, masks and serums. Vacuum therapy on the face is remarkable for relieving sinus congestion and for draining stagnant fluids to ease puffiness, while eyebrows often actually lift back up to the brow line! The muscles of the face benefit greatly from reduced tension and tightness, easing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders. Lines, wrinkles and scar tissue will soften with face cupping, and rosaceous or congested skin can quickly clear. This is a perfect preparation and recovery protocol for any facial surgeries.
This is a soothing and noninvasive technique that many find relaxing and healing.The client remains fully draped across the chest while the therapist uses gentle strokes, warm oils, and vaccum cups to release the tissues from below the ribs to just below the belly button. It helps release tension on the diaphragm which encourages fuller breathing; it aids with intestinal conditions like digestion, gas and bloating, and constipation; it also helps to relieve the scar tissue built up from abdominal surgeries, C-sections, and pregnancy.
Stylized Swedish - Our most popular modality known for its rhythmic flowing strokes toward the heart. We use this technique in most of our massage sessions because it increases circulation, speeds healing from injury, and promotes relaxation to the entire body.
Myofascial Release - This is a slow, painless deep modality that works well for people who have Fibromyalgia, chronic pain from injuries, scar tissue, and fascial restrictions. We love this type of work because it is deeply relaxing and very effective for relief from cervical pain, back pain, restriction of motion, and headaches.
Neuromuscular Deep Tissue - This is a type of therapy that uses no lotion or cream applied to the skin. We appreciate this modality because its purpose is to address ischemic tissues (tight spots with little to no blood flow due to restriction), scar tissue, injuries, chronic pain, dysfunctional gait patterns, and provide relief to myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that can refer pain to other parts of the body). It's highly beneficial for clients who present with chronic pain. Some of the techniques many help to improve performance in athletes due to the nature of their sport and the injuries that often accompany them.
Sports Massage - A fully clothed, high energy session that increases range of motion, enhances athletic abilities, and leaves you feeling invigorated!
Cranial Sacral Therapy
This is one of our favorite services to offer because of the extensive list of benefits it offers to just about everyone. It is a light-touch therapy that balances the flow of spinal fluid moving through our bodies and taps into calming our nervous system. It's a gentle, yet powerful & deep form of therapy that can offer relief for clients who suffer from migraines, headaches, whiplash, MS, Fibromyalgia, TMJ Dysfunction, Tinnitus, Bell's Palsy, insomnia, spinal pain, anxiety, and more.
Intra-Oral Craniosacral Therapy - We are both certified in providing this unique type of massage therapy. It is useful for those who suffer from TMJ issues such as clenching, grinding, popping & clicking of the jaw. It's also very effective for clients with whiplash and those who deal with chronic stress & anxiety. We enjoy working with dental professionals to help support their patients undergoing various dental treatments.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
What a wonderful modality this is to incorporate into a massage session, or to experience all on its own! MLD can be used to help prepare the body for surgical procedures, both before & after your surgery. It can boost our immune systems, is highly effective in helping injuries heal quicker, and helps reduce tension throughout our body. It also alleviates pain & swelling, including relieving migraine pain, removes wastes in the body, and manages pain from dental work.
Our hands and feet deserve much needed care, and utilizing this modality can be very beneficial. Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply, releases endorphins to ease pain, and calms the nervous system to restore balance.