​Massage & Acupuncture Descriptions: ​​​


Swedish Massage
As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. the main purpose is to increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.  Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, and increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the muscular-skeletal systems.

Deep Tissue & Trigger point Massage 
Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Massage focus on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the "problem" muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax. Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage but the deeper perssure is beneficial in relaeasing chronic muscle tension. 

Neuromuscular therapy
A form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.


Sports Massage 

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.  Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.


Prenatal Massage

​Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension - which aids in better sleep - and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

Yoga and Movement studio

Yoga and Movement studio


Services We Provide: 

​- Pilates 

- Yoga
- Balance
- Massage Therapy
- Thai Body Work
- Tui Na
- Acupuncture

*Please see Wellness & Integrative Medicine Page for Descriptions

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Movement Studio Class & Private Fitness Descriptions: 


Mat Pilates/Core Strengthening
Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture and reduces stress. Mat Pilates classes challenge the student to focus on specific muscle groups, and, with practice, students will soon build tremendous core strength. Core Strengthening Pilates focuses on abdominals, back and pelvic muscles. What makes Pilates different from Yoga is that it's more focused on stabilizing and strengthening the pelvic floor as well as the core. In many moves, you hold your torso in place while moving your limbs in different directions, which challenges your balance, core strength, stability and flexibility. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.  


Stretch & Tone Yoga

This all-levels practice focuses on energizing and opening mind, body, and spirit for an excellent and balanced work day. A brief meditation will compliment breathing practices, energy work and Yoga asana movement that will awaken, focus and center students. Yoga movement will stretch and strengthen musculature that tends to cramp and tighten during the work day – neck, shoulders, hips, and core.


Power Flow Yoga

A faster paced class connecting breath with movement. This class will integrate expanded postures and creative sequencing. This advanced practice is suitable if you have a regular Vinyasa practice. if you are a complete beginner we suggest you start with one of the other classes we offer. If you are unsure whether this is the right class for you, please chat with one of our instructors.


Candlelight Yin Yoga
Candlelight Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative and often profound practice. Infused in the longer, more passive holds , the yin style involves surrendering into poses and exploring them for longer periods of time in order to let go of tensions stored in the body and to calm the nervous system. Candlelight Yin Yoga is a peaceful way to end your day.


Moves 4 Balance

Prevent injury, maintain independent life style, mobility, safety and correct neuromuscular moves to enhance quality of life. Individualized even in class setting. Recovery and prevention movement therapy and recovery from disability:
Parkinson’s, MS, Stroke, Injury, Surgery, Slips & Falls.

Rise & Align Yoga  
Move your body, awaken your mind! This class consists of mindful breathing and gentle to moderate movement designed to get you into a comfortable flow for the rest of your day.  No experience necessary, all levels welcome.  Alignment oriented practice that  emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core, strength, flexibility and balance.


Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a meditative practice exploring the more introspective aspects of yoga. Poses are gently held for extended periods of time (generally 2-5 min), supporting and softening the connective tissue of the body. This lubricates the joints and expands range of motion. Decreased tension and ease from chronic pain by expanding energy flow are often achieved. This creates the opportunity for a deeper connection within ourselves, both body and mind.


Yoga 101/Foundations 
Yoga is a vast collection of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit which includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific postures for health and relaxation. Yoga 101 is the basics of all techniques combined for all levels.  Learn how Yoga can support your wellness goals. This instructional based class uses posture and breath work to build strength, flexibility, balance and overall body awareness. (All levels welcome!)


Yoga Beginning / Continuing 

Hatha yoga class (gentle introduction to basic yoga postures) for students of all levels working on flexibility, balance and strength with emphasis on breathing techniques. You will end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.

Gentle Yoga   

This class is carefully orchestrated movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is simple to do and easy to remember. Perfect for people with movement limitations, or profound stiffness due to lack of activity. You can benefit from relief from arthritis, back pain and other musculo-skeletal issues; recovery from surgery, illness or injury; for seniors, new practitioners, women who are pregnant and those seeking stress-reduction or weight management.
Gentle yoga classes are typically described as appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. (All levels welcome!)

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a dynamic sequence of postures linked with breath. Every class encourages creativity, adaptation and modifications to suit each individual. A vinyasa practice focuses on variations of Sun Salutations. Sun Salutations use inhales and exhales to initiate movement through plank, chaturanga dandasana(high to low push up), upward-facing dog or cobra, and downward-facing dog.

This is an intermediate class including warriors, standing balancing poses, back bends, and more, while avoiding more advanced poses and arm balances. It is best suited for those that have a basic foundation in yoga and good mobility or those who want to build strength and flexibility.

Yoga Tone & Sculpt

You'll develop long, lean muscles that hug onto your bones and make you feel great. Rather than building muscle bulk, yoga builds core strength through simply organizing your body to hold and move, just by using your own weight.
An effective total body muscle conditioning workout utilizing a variety of equipment and options.



Private Personal Training 
Our instructors work with all ages & fitness levels to promote healthy movement patterns, good posture and strong, agile, pain free bodies. Our fitness instructors motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. By measuring our client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments, we are able to measure improvements in the client's physical fitness levels.  Clients may also be educated in many other aspects of wellness, including general health and nutrition guidelines. 

Thai Body Work 
(Thai massage or Thai Body Work) 
Works your entire body. It's one of the most invigorating types of massages, as the therapist rigorously manipulates your body, moving it into yoga-like stretches. The therapist uses every part of his or her body—hands, knees, legs, and feet—to not only stretch you but also apply pressure on your muscles and loosen your joints. This type of massage is both energizing and, at times, relaxing. 


Tui Na
​Defined as “the ancient healing art of fingers and strength,” tui na (pronounced “twee nah”) is an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Practitioners use their fingers, hands, elbows, knees or foot to apply pressure to a specific body location. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms.


Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a safe and effective healing art backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is used worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions. Generally, people find an acupuncture treatment to be a relaxing experience. This is especially so after they get over any initial hesitation regarding needling. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. This individualization of the treatments is one of the strong points of oriental medicine. It is why people may experience broad changes within themselves after receiving acupuncture for a specific complaint.





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- Private Yoga
- Personal Training
- Naturopathic Medicine*
- Chiropractic*
- Nutritional Guidance*