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Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and treat disease. Acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles. When one of the meridians of the body is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are thought to help restore balance throughout the body.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) uses gentle pressure on the head, neck and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression or misalignment. CST can help remove blockages and normalize the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system enhancing the body's ability to heal.
Deep Tissue Release
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It is often used for chronic aches, pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck or back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massage helps release scar tissue and muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion and/or inflammation.
Also referred to as self-myofascial release, foam-rolling is a form of self-massage that allows you to apply managed pressure to specific areas of the body releasing tightness and muscular tension, reducing thickening, adhesion and tension of the fascia [connective tissue] and muscle. Foam rolling can also help to reduce fatigue, improve recovery, and enhance range of motion. Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS, is a sometimes-distracting side effect of exercise. At best, DOMS causes mild discomfort, and at worst, it can negatively impact future workouts. Foam rolling release along with exercises to workout routines can also help prevent muscle soreness, tightness, and also provide safe ways to stretch and massage the underlying tissues.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Massage Therapy uses smooth, flat, heated stones on specific parts of the body to help reach deeper layers of tissues, relieve muscle tension and pain. It also helps reduce stress and anxiety, promote deeper sleep patterns, help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases, boost overall immunity and enhance relaxation. This is an effective therapy to ease tense muscles and to heal damaged soft tissues throughout your body. Hot Stone Therapy is also helpful in relaxing the central nervous system for deeper healing and relaxation.
Lymphatic Massage stimulates the flow of lymph (which transports white blood cells, oxygen, and nutrients to tissues throughout the body). Thus lymphatic drainage massage helps to support the immune system by removing waste and toxins from bodily tissues, create more mobility and ease of movement and help clear energy blockages in the body.
ACE Massage Cupping™ is a modern form of vacuum therapy which helps to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Medi/Accu-Cupping helps draws inflammation out from deep in the tissues to be released as well as enables absorption of essential oils and liniments deep into the tissue. One of the benefits of Accu-Cupping is helping support the spaces and the glide between tissue layers for more optimal movement and flow.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that uses gentle sustained pressure to the Myofascial connective tissue to smooth and lengthen fascia, relax contracted muscles, restore motion, stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles; as well as improve the circulation of blood, oxygen and lymphatic flow.
Deeply relaxing massage, using firm and caring, long integrative strokes to help support pregnancy changes and adjustments within the body’s energy, bones and tissues. Extra pillows and support are combined with special attention to hip, low back and pelvic changes; while taking into account all pregnancy contraindications to ensure support of a healthy, happy mother and pregnancy. Pre-natal and post natal options are available.
Reflexology treats the neurological relationship between the skin, internal organs and the central nervous system by applying appropriate pressure to peripheral areas on the hands, feet, face and ears. This then sends calming or stimulating messages through specific points and meridians to remotely interface with internal organs, body systems and the central nervous system. Reflexology helps stimulate and/or calm organs and different body systems by enhancing overall relaxation, bringing internal organs and their systems into a state of optimum functioning, positively influence the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems. Reflexology also helps adjust the tension levels in the body to release stress, improve mood, reduce pain and anxiety, and restore balance and harmony throughout the body and mind.
Sports Massage can be used pre-performance, post-performance, during training, or rehabilitation benefits for both the mind and the body. Many of the benefits of sports massage include, but are not limited to increased joint range of motion (ROM), flexibility, sense of well-being, better sleep and blood flow, elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid); and decreased muscle tension and spasms, neurological excitability (nerves relax) chance of injury and recovery time between workouts.
Stretching & Facilitated Movement
Stretching and facilitated movement focuses on personalized stretch and movement options for specific areas of the body which need added mobility, range of motion and/or release of contracted muscles. The goal of facilitating personalized stretches and movement is to enhance both active and passive range of motion in order to improve motor performance as well as improve blood and lymphatic circulation while stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. Additional benefits of customized stretch and facilitated movement include relief of muscle soreness and joint stress; improved circulation and mental alertness; improved neuromuscular efficiency, performance and power; prevention of cramps and muscle strains as well as overall improvement of health and mobility.
Swedish Massage is a combination of light to firm gliding strokes, integrated with stretching and movement of the limbs and joints in a flowing process to promote total relaxation and muscle tension release. Swedish Massage both calms the nervous system and helps to clear the body and mind of unwanted responses to stress. Swedish Massage helps to ease the muscular holding that underlies postural imbalance and improve overall posture, increase flexibility by elongating the muscles, opening the joints and decreasing any swelling or congestion, increase blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and widening the membrane pores in the body and improving your body’s ability to deliver fresh blood to muscles and organs. Swedish massage releases endorphins to improve mood, flushes out lactic acid and uric acid that builds up in muscles due to overuse, increases range of motion, supports healthy immunity, increases nutrient supply to muscles, increases energy, improves sleep and helps to relieve headaches.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy addresses muscle contractions typically due to overuse, trauma or astandard muscle injury. A trigger point that forms in a muscle is basically a knot that leads to an increase in tightness and pain. Tigger point therapy is used to treat a number of chronic pain conditions, including but not limited to headaches, temporomandibular joint pain, low back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tinnitus, migraines, sciatica and sports injuries. Regular trigger point massage therapy can help shift and end pain patterns as well as relieve chronic pain and mobility restrictions.
The SmartSpine™ system and approach evolved from the inspiration of Marie Jose Bloom and her daily work and interaction with clients and students, combined with her fascination with the optimal biomechanics of the spine and pelvis. The SmartSpine™ method is grounded in one common goal: creating ease of movement in a healthier body. The creative search for the right teaching tool to facilitate optimal movement learning, as well as mobility of the spine and its related structures, resulted in the creation of this unique and practical teaching aid and treatment tool. The SmartSpine™ System consists of several support pieces that are designed to help the body find its most productive positioning and placement during Pilates or Yoga exercise, basic movement, and therapy. All components are warmed to help rebalance muscles and improve movement, joint placement, and spatial awareness.