Swedish massage combines a variety of techniques that help ease muscle aches and tension, improve circulation and flexibility, and offer relaxation. Long, gliding strokes are combined with kneading, friction, vibration and tapping to increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles, while releasing toxins. This technique has been used since the early 1800s when it was developed by Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. This massage style works two ways at the same time: it energizes the skin and nervous system while reducing stress. It invigorates and soothes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning layers of muscles and connective tissue deep beneath the skin. While it uses some of the same techniques as Swedish massage, the strokes are slower and use more intense pressure across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is often used to relieve chronic tension and it helps break up scar tissue, or ‘adhesions’ that tension or injury may create. Individuals with neck, low back or shoulder pain may find deep tissue massage both restorative and therapeutic.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are the ‘knots’ in our muscles that cause pain both at the tight spot and in other related parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy relieves these knots through bodywork that applies pressure directly to the trigger to deactivate the tension. Several Trigger Point sessions may be needed to achieve ongoing relief. At the same time, Lil will work with you to design stretches and new ways to move, sit or stand to diminish the trigger points from tightening again. This technique is often used as part of a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage.
Muscle Release Technique
Muscle Release Technique takes Trigger Point Therapy one-step farther by stretching the muscle and applying pressure at the same time. This technique has proven effective with injury rehabilitation and chronic tension. Injury and tension result in scar tissue building up, and this technique helps break up the scar tissue, thus releasing the muscle and easing pain. The combination of stretching, precise pinpoint compression, and an exact plane of movement, while working with the breath, can produce an immediate release.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage combines Swedish Massage with heated stones that help loosen tight muscles. The massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them to 120-150 degrees. The stones may be used to stroke the muscles, or they may be placed to rest on the sore area to help ease tension. For some types of injuries the stones are cooled rather than heated. Lil will help you choose which technique is best for you.
Buddhist monks in Thailand developed Thai-Yoga Massage more than 2,500 years ago. This form of massage combines stretching and gentle pressure to free the body’s energy flow. Some call it a passive form of yoga because the therapist moves the body to stretch the muscles. Thai-Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor. It creates greater relaxation, revitalization, increases flexibility, and relieves muscle and joint pain.
Reiki is a gentle, soothing technique that literally means “universal life force energy.” The Reiki Master channels energy through her hands and into your body, creating a sense of well-being and relaxation. Reiki focuses on the underlying emotional and spiritual causes of pain and illness, sending healthy energy through the body so that it can heal itself. A series of Reiki treatments are often recommended.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on therapy that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat pain and restriction of motion. It uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve the release of myofascial tissues by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy
Myoskeletal alignment technique is a specialized form of bodywork most commonly attempted to relieve chronic pain. Working from the knowledge that the body’s myofascial and skeletal systems are inseparable, Myoskeletal Alignment focuses on treating stubborn pain conditions by mobilizing joints through muscle manipulation.
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and their referral areas. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of related areas of the body.
Massage, Gong, and Singing Bowl Therapy
This unique experience blends Therapeutic Massage, and/or Reflexology, or CranioSacral, or Reiki, with a gong and singing bowl session designed to support the client’s individual goals. The gong and singing bowl therapies are based on the belief that all matter vibrates, moving toward a state of homeostasis or chaos. Sounds of the gong and singing bowl reverberate within every cell in our bodies simultaneously. They can produce resonance that is calming, centering and energizing and can assist in resolving emotional, spiritual and physical imbalances.