Massage Modalities We Practice
MASSAGE & MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage or massage therapy are systems of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. 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; effleurage (either firm or light soothing, stroking movement, without dragging the skin, using either padded parts of fingertips or palms); petrissage (lifting or picking up muscles and rolling the folds of skin); or tapotement (striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, rhythmic movements with fingers or short rapid movements of sides of the hand). These techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, hydromassage, thermal massage or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands. The purpose of the practice of massage is to enhance the general health and well-being of the recipient. Massage does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances, spinal manipulation or those acts of physical therapy that are outside the scope of massage therapy.
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The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and help the healing of wounds. Aromatherapy diffusers are utilized to fill the massage room with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added to a carrier oil, such as almond oil, to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Much like acupuncture, reflexology works to move energy blockages in the body. By stimulating points, with firm thumb and finger pressure, on the client’s feet and hands that correspond to organs in the body, reflexologists can promote relaxation, reduce pain, and restore energy flow.
>>Example- several scientific studies have shown that reflexology is a viable treatment for migraines, in some cases working as well as, or better than, medication—and without the side effects.
Craniosacral therapy addresses the inherent, gentle, rhythmic movement of the bones in the skull and their effect on the fluid that surrounds, bathes, and
cushions the brain and spinal cord and runs throughout the body. Cranial bones move in miniscule amounts as a response to the production and absorption of cranial fluid. With head trauma, whiplash injury, or even severe stress, cranial bone movement can be compromised, resulting in headaches,dizziness, ringing in the ears, or vision disturbances. This therapy restores the normal movement of the cranial bones and fluid.
CranioSacral therapy strengthens your
body's ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range
of illness, pain and dysfunction found in the list below.
Additional Conditions That CranioSacral Therapy Addresses:
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Traumatic Brain and spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Thermal Tissue Release - Pillossage
Radiant heat bliss! Very Relaxing, Gentle and Healing. Great for stiff and sore joints and muscles, circulation issues and lymph work. Therapist uses heated Mother Earth Flax Pillows to release tight muscles and joints, and restore healthy circulation. Client can stay fully clothed. Can be done post operative to encourage healing.
The heat from packs is
gentle, yet it is continually penetrating into your muscle fibers, literally
melting away layers of tension. As tension is the root cause of illness, when
tension is alleviated, the body quickly returns to a welcomed state of well
being and balance, promoting a sense of inner peace. Great for stiff joints and
deep muscle & bone pain.
Holistic medicine recognizes that the mind, spirit, lifestyle, environment, and other aspects of a person’s existence, significantly affect the functioning of the physical body. Thus, in evaluating and treating illness and prescribing preventative intervention, this approach treats the whole person, addressing more than just the symptoms or disease. Holistic practitioners may utilize a combination of conventional treatments along with alternative therapies.
Hot Stone Massage
Warm stones used in massage, have been around for a very long time -- with evidence of stones being used for healing purposes dating back before written history. This exotic treatment involves the placement of heated stones on pressure points and chakra points and the application of heated stones with oil into the skin. Aromatic oils encourage deep relaxation and calm the soul. This therapy is very effective in creating harmony and a positive energy flow thus promoting a sense of balance, energy and peace.
Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones were beneficial in healing in many ways, especially for cleansing the body, relaxing the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind. The stones are used to bring relief to tense and sore muscles. As these hot stones glide over the muscles, tensions diminish, and stress gently melts away. Penetrating heat radiates deep into muscles providing relaxation while addressing mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.
This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.
Prenatal Massage- achieves the same goals as a regular massage. It aims to relax and aide in easing sore or tense muscles. However, a pre-natal massage is tailored to specifically fit the needs of a pregnant woman. Constant body changes during pregnancy create some discomforts. A prenatal massage can help relieve discomforts, including low back pain. Great care is given by the Therapist to create a comfortable and healing environment.
REIKI HEALING--USUI SYSTEM
Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. It was originated in Japan in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, who had a life-changing experience of light and energy that he recognized as reiki--sacred life force--and that awakened his innate healing abilities. He developed a system of practices that enabled others to become effective healers. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body. The practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.
TRIGGER POINT MYOTHERAPY
Trigger point myotherapy is a noninvasive therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of treatment is the client’s recovery from or a significant reduction in myofascial pain. The treatment goal is achieved through a systematized approach. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myomassage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function. Trigger point myotherapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction, including verbal and nonverbal elements. The myotherapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, mechanical abnormalities, and other physical components. These elements protect the client from delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, or contraindicated treatment, which are the concerns of first order. Trigger point myotherapy is an integrating approach to myofascial pain and dysfunction.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic drainage is a natural function of the lymphatic system, which is essential for proper immunity. If not working properly, fluid can build up in tissues and result in more serious problems. LDT helps this system work properly. Therapist works thru a slow and light pressured protocol to increase flow of lymphatic fluid.
Warm Bliss Massage A LWC Exclusive ! Spend an Hour in Warm Bliss, as your Therapist surrounds you with a variety of radiant heat sources. Using our Mother Earth Pillows, Warm Towels, Warm Lotion, Optional Warming Essential Oils, and Optional Warm Salt Stones, you will receive a 60 min Relaxation Spa Massage while you soak in the healing benefits of thermal muscle release therapy. So cozy and relaxing! Gift Certificate can be purchased online ! CLICK
Couples Massage Packages
1) ~ Bring-A-Friend Relaxation Package ~
Perfect for couples, friends, buddies, coworkers, girls day out etc. In separate rooms, both of you will enjoy an hour massage, customized just for you with premium body products, aromatherapy, and expert techniques. At checkout, receive a gift bag including a discount coupon for a future visit. Package includes: 2 Customized Massages in private separate rooms with premium products, Aromatherapy, Coupons, and Gift Bag.
2) ~ Classic Couples Package ~
In the same room, both of you will enjoy an hour massage, customized just for you with premium body products, aromatherapy, and expert techniques. At checkout, receive a gift bag including a discount coupon for a future visit. Package includes: 2 Customized Massages in the same room, with premium products, Aromatherapy.
3) ~ Couples Premier Package ~
All the Extras! Perfect for couples, special date night, special occasions, spa day etc. Enjoy side by side, same room, One Hour (Exclusive Protocol!) Relaxation Massages. Package includes: 2 Customized Massages in same room, Aromatherapy Scalp Massage, Extra Pampering of Feet and Hands, Warm Flax Pillows on tense areas, afterwards Deluxe Complimentary Beverage/Appetizer Tray in private room.
4) ~ Private Couples Massage Class ~
Have the two of you wanted to know more about therapeutic massage? In a private session, a Certified Therapist will give you hands on training in basic relaxation techniques, give you both a 45 min massage, and guide you in practice time with each other. Fun and informative. Gift Certificate can be purchased online! CLICK
* Couples Massage Appointments are made by calling our office 507-280-0300 and holding appt. with a credit card.
Many more modalities are practiced by the Professionals at LWC. Talk with your Therapist, or schedule a Wellness Consultation to find out what modality would be right for you.