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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.
Stretch & Tone
Stay firm and get more flexible. In this class you'll tone your tum, glutes, legs and arms, whatever your shape or size. Work your muscles to move better, bend more easily and reach higher. Take control, stretch to the next level and relax. All levels welcome.
Combine movement, breath, and meditation for physical and mental health. Accessible to all levels, this class encourages meditative awareness of your breath while moving through postures to strengthen your body.
Yin Yoga Nidra
Join the perfect class to de-stress, emphasis on letting go of stress in your body, breath, and mind.
The first 60 minutes of class is Yin style class with an emphasis on longer holds and letting go. The next 30 minutes will be a Yoga Nidra which is a meditative yogic sleep.
Fully aware of your surroundings and yet letting go of all cares and worries putting yourself in a restful place. The best part of class is the techniques can be taken home and applied in your daily life!
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.
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 as well as concentration and breath control.
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 ovrall 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.
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!)
A faster paced practice connecting breath with movement. This class will integrate expanded postures with a more mellow flow through sequences. (Intermediate)
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.
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.
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.
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- Tui Na
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