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At the Art of Massage Studio we are dedicated to providing effective therapeutic bodywork to restore health and wholeness, with massage that forges an immediate connection and awareness between body and mind.  We integrate various techniques and modalities, allowing us to approach each massage with knowledge and compassion, facilitating the body's natural ability to heal.

We are partnering in your health by easing pain and the symptoms of stress.  Experience the balance a customized massage can bring to your life, leaving you with a relaxed body and a quieter mind.

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Therapeutic massage is about pressure and intention, along with goals set by an intake form and discussion that occurs with the client prior to the start of the session.  Pressure and intention is varied throughout the massage as the therapist evaluates the integrity of the tissue being worked and how it responds.  Client input and feedback is always encouraged.  Assisted stretches and movement of joints can be applied at any level of massage therapy.

Pressure 1-2:  Relaxation Massage; long rather light and broad strokes (efflurage and pettrissage) are used to connect the body from one region to another, intention is on superficial tissues.  This pressure is most often utilized for a relaxing full body session, also known as Swedish massage.

Pressure 3-4:  Referred to as medium; strong moderately firm strokes often intended to mobilize restricted soft tissues.  Can be applied full body or used locally for specific pain and restricted range of motion issues, or what clients often refer to as knots.  Traditional names like kneading, trigger point or neuromuscular therapy, and various forms of friction.  The therapist m,ay integrate long and short strokes while using this kind of pressure.

Pressure 4-5:  Deep Tissue Massage; Usually applied to specific issues and concentrated areas of the body that really feel stuck and stagnant.  The pressure is firm, feels deep and is applied at a slower pace.   Not usually a full body application, but concentrated to specific areas and integrated with other pressure therapies.  It has a tendency to leave a little lingering soreness, with the intention of increased mobilization of the tissues.  It also is called trigger point therapy, deep kneading and friction.

Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy

Specifically applied to trigger points in the body, which a re mini localized muscle spasms located in the belly of the muscle.  Sometimes the points are tender and highly sensitive which might require a lighter touch.  Other times, they best respond to deep sustained pressure and/or friction or stroking.  Trigger points classically refer pain to other areas of the body further than one might imagine.  Hence, exploration is indicated in order to determine the exact area the pain is originating from.  When the source is found and the therapy applied, the release and pain reduction is significant.

Positional Release/ Strain Counter-Strain Therapy

This is a very specialized technique focused on treating protective muscle spasm in the body.  It an appropriate first choice for dealing with extreme discomfort. It is effectively used for relief of somatic dysfunctions that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures.  The mechanism behind this technique is that by shortening the muscle and placing the body in a position of ease, the proprioceptic nerves send a signal to the brain thereby releasing the muscle contraction.  This precise position of comfort is held for approximately 90 seconds and once the release is felt, the client is returned to a neutral position with the tissues more relaxed.  After a successful treatment, the client will experience decreased pain, muscle spasm, fascial tension, joint stiffness and swelling.  There will be improved postural alignment, mobility, felxibility and range of motion.

Myofascial Work, Connective Tissue Massage

Connective tissue therapy is specifically intended to change the state or pattern of the tissue known as fascia.  It is applied to short restricted tissue in order to decrease the negative effects of repetitive motion, dysfunctional postural patterns, chronic pain patterns which in turn changes the neurological imput.  Effective for old injuries, lack of range in joints or tissue that is fibrous and restricted.  Although the pressure used can be light, medium or deep,  this type of re-patterning therapy is intended with specificity.  The experience can be described as a stretch, a warming of the area, with the release creating movement and a lengthening feeling.

Hot Stone Massage

This massage is preformed using heated basalt stones (smooth volcanic rocks).  The heat from these stones is transferred to the body and warms the tisssue to allow ease of muscle movement thereby increasing range of motion.  This type of massage is excellent for clients seeking a deeply relaxing session.  It is a perfect way for those who have difficulty unwinding to ease th mind in turn allowing the therapist to work out areas of muscle tension. Offered as a 90 minute session, incorporation both the stones and hands on bodywork.

Prenatal Massage

Pregnancy is a unique state of being for a woman and can take its toll on her emotional and energetic state, in addition to her physical well being.  As a woman's body expands and her center of gravity shifts, muscles may be pulled and stretched causing pain or discomfort, along with postural discomfort and fatigue.  A prenatal massage can assist in reducing some of these distresses.  Prenatal massage is encouraged after the 1st trimester is complete.  Massage therapy is offered with the client in a side lying position surrounded by pillows to support both mother and fetus...further along, one may opt for the PREGO pillow which allows the woman to enjoy a face down position with the belly cradled and fully supported.  It can be a purely relaxing massage or a session concentrating on specific issues.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a healing art of ancient origin and a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the hands and feet.  These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands.  Reflexology  may be as effective for promoting health and well being and creating homeostasis in the body, as it is for relieving symptoms of stress, injury and illness.