Massage Techniques

4-Hand

Two therapists specially trained in the art of the Bliss massage working together. The client experiences a deep level of relaxation.

Active Release (A.R.T.)

In areas of muscular restriction, the therapist combines a direct compression of the tissues with specific ranges of motion of the affected joint.  It is not performed for the entire duration of the treatment, but is incorporated into the massage session.

Bliss

A blend of traditional techniques combined with original dynamic maneuvers.  Stretching and body movement are integrated into the massage.  Movements are very fluid and enveloping, inducing deep relaxation.

Californian

The therapist uses long, enveloping movements to induce relaxation in the client.  It is typically more superficial than a typical Swedish massage, and acts to stimulate the mind-body connection of the client.

Cranial Sacral

A holistic therapy during which the therapist applies a light pressure to the central nervous system (consisting of the brain and spinal cord), and the surrounding tissues.  The therapist holds his/her position for a longer duration, to encourage the correct movement of the head, spine and pelvis.

Deep Tissue

A strong technique that assists the re-alignment of deep layers of connective and muscle tissue. Many of the same techniques as a typical Swedish massage are used, but the therapists will typically use their fists, forearms and elbows to apply a deeper pressure.  It often includes stretching and range-of-motion techniques.  The client may be tender in treated areas for 24-48 hours after treatment.

Esalen

The two main influences are the Swedish massage and the Sensory Awareness work of Charlotte Selver. Esalen Massage works with gentle rocking of the body, passive joint exercises and deep structural work on the muscles and joints, together with an energetic balancing of the body.

Exfoliation

Detoxify, cleanse, exfoliate, revitalize, re-hydrate! A treatment using black soap, rhassoul, argan oil and honey cream. Benefits of black soap: Made with black olives and olive oil, it is 100% natural and suitable for all skin types. It thoroughly purifies and cleans the skin, eliminates toxins and dead skin all while hydrating with vitamin E. Benefits of Rhassoul: 100% natural mineral clay extracted from the mountains of the Moroccan Atlas. It thoroughly cleans, eliminates imperfections, tightens pores, absorbs dirt, excess sebum and dead skin. Hydration: For extra hydration, we moisturize using argan oil and honey cream.

Fasciatherapy (not Myofasical Release!)

Fascia is a connective tissue that covers everything in the body (muscles, organs, nerves, etc).  In areas of tension, overuse or injury, fascia can become stuck to itself.  Fascia therapy is a strong technique that works to break down these adhesions.  It is not performed for the entire duration of the treatment, but is incorporated into the massage session. Clients typically experience a burning sensation, and the client may be tender in treated areas for 24-48 hours after treatment. It is very effective at releasing stubborn areas of pain.

HOA

Heated essential oils that are added to your massage.

Hot Stone

Heated, smooth, volcanic stones are placed along areas of tension in the body, and held in the therapist’s hands during the massage.  The heat from the stones replaces the need for deep pressure.  This technique acts on the nervous system to induce deep relaxation. Excellent for releasing tension, improving circulation and detoxifying the body.

Kinesitherapy

Kinesitherapy or Kinesiatrics is the therapeutic treatment of disease by passive and active muscular movements. It may involve massages, yoga or exercice.

Kinetic Swedish

Kinetic Swedish massage consists of a series of massage techniques that are applied to muscles as well as tendons. Its goal is to achieve a deep relaxation of the muscles and thereby favor an increase in the range of motion – thus the term “kinetic.”

Lomi Lomi

Hawaiian Massage.  The therapist primarily uses the forearms during the treatment.  Fluid movements work from head to toe in a wave-like motion.  Relaxation guaranteed.

Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system supplies cells with nutrients, and removes toxins and wastes.  Lymphatic drainage is very light pumping technique that supports the immune system, drains swollen tissues, and detoxifies the body.  It is a great technique during pregnancy, cancer treatment, or after an injury or surgery.

Myofascial Release (not Fasciatherapy!)

Fascia is a connective tissue that covers everything in the body (muscles, organs, nerves, etc).  In areas of tension, overuse or injury, fascia can become stuck to itself.  Myofascial Release applies gentle sustained pressure into the restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  A gentle pressure, applied slowly and held for a sustained period of time, allows the fascia to elongate.

Oncology

Therapy for a cancer patient is individually modified for make safe treatment available during all stages of the cancer experience. Patients can receive massage during chemotherapy sessions, or before or after radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of treatment, the massage is typically light and focuses more on the importance of touch rather than physical release. It incorporates all the techniques of lymphatic drainage to help the overwhelmed lymphatic system process the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Pre-natal

Suitable for pregnant woman at any stage of pregnancy.  First Trimester avoids any abdominal work and treatment of certain reflexology points, and typically avoids specific deep pressure around the sacrum.  Strong pressure overall is completely safe.  Second and Third Trimesters can safely include work to the abdomen, which the baby also enjoys.  Focus is often on releasing muscular and nerve pain around the shoulders, back and hips, and reducing fluid retention in the legs.

Reflexology

The therapist applies pressure to a system of zones on the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques.  Each point correlates to an area of the body and the compression of these points works to create a physical change in that region.  This can be integrated into a massage session, or could last the entire duration of the treatment.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork that uses finger pressure and stretches along energy lines called meridians to relieve stress in the body and return it to a state of balance. Shiatsu can be done with quite a lot of pressure but can also be tailored to the needs of each client. Traditional shiatsu is performed on a futon or low mattress wearing comfortable clothing but can also be incorporated into a table massage and mixed with other styles.

Sports

Pre-Sport Massage typically includes a deeper pressure, stretching, and techniques to release the connective tissue to prepare the body for physical activity.  The therapist needs to be aware of how soon the client’s next athletic competition will be.  Client may be tender for 24-48 hours after the treatment.  Post-Sport Massage is typically done within 48 hours after physical activity and focuses on removing toxins from the body, and releasing muscle tension.

Swedish

The therapist uses a combination of gliding, kneading and friction techniques, using their hands, fists, and forearms.  It can be performed in either a relaxing or stimulating manner, depending on the needs of the client. Stretching and percussions are sometimes incorporated.  The client undresses either completely, or to his/her level of comfort.

Thai Yoga

The treatment is performed on a mat or table. The client wears loose comfortable clothing. Energy lines throughout the body are palmed and thumbed as the client is placed in various yoga positions and guided into deep stretches. Hands, feet, elbows and knees are used by the therapist depending on the needs of the client.