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Deep tissue therapy refers to massage techniques that affect deep structural layers of muscle and connective tissue. Often thought of as clinical, treatment, orthopedic, or medical massage, it addresses structural issues involved with chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Deep tissue is often an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of modalities including myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, accupressure...

While this form of massage is generally thought of as painful or "hard" - it can be - but it doesn't have to. There are non-forceful approaches to deep therapy that can be incredibly effective without the muscle-guarding/muscle-resistance associated with a pain-response.

Sports recovery/table Thai is an excellent post-sports session and gets you ready for another day on the hill. It combines:

> The circulatory benefits of Swedish (blood oxygenation, metabolic waste removal, release of endorphins, suppression of stress hormones)

> The rehabilatative benefits of deep tissue (releases trigger points, alleviates muscle spasms, prevents adhesions - areas of localized lactic acid build up that can cause muscle tissue to adhere to surrounding tissue causing pain, muscle fatigue and compromising muscle function.

> The passive stretching techniques found in Thai massage - maintaining range of motion and muscle contraction/extension ability.  

Swedish/relaxation is the most common type of massage people experience. It’s meant to reduce stress, increase circulation, and relieve minor aches and soreness. Pressure can be firm, but is typically light to medium with firm where needed. You should walk away from this massage feeling light and dreamy - like you’ve just taken a refreshing afternoon nap.

Pre-natal/pregnancy massage is an excellent way to ease the many discomforts of being pregnant. On top of easing your body's aches, swelling and fatigue, the 

systemic physiological benefits 

you receive are also passed onto your little one. 

Massage during pregnancy lowers stress hormones, increases feel-good endorphins and encourages a good nights' sleep. Additionally, it eases stress on weight-bearing musculoskeletal and myofascial structures, encourages blood and lymph circulation, lessens the nervous tension, depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. 

Massage is generally recommended from the end of your first trimester all the way through to the big day, with the exception of reflexology, some forms of deep tissue and shiatsu. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know or ask your physician.

Shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. This modality works well incorporated into a deep tissue treatment. 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. 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 resistance to disease and disorder.

Aromatherapy goes beyond enjoying a good smell. It is used as an inhalation to trigger a balancing response within the body, and when used topically absorbs through the skin providing a direct affect. Each plant/resin oil resonates at a different level of vibration and can offer healing to the body's energy/emotional field. We use DoTerra Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils. If you would like aromatherapy, let us know if you have any sensitivities or allergies (both food or airborne).