Barefoot massage techniques have been practiced by monks and physicians in eastern countries for over 3,000 years, but have only recently become popular in the United States. The most common type of barefoot massage found in the west today is known as Ashiatsu, a Japanese word that literally translates to “foot pressure.” Ashiatsu is the western adaptation and blending of barefoot techniques found in Thai massage, barefoot shiatsu, and Keralite foot massage. See our Ashiatsu page for more information.
Cupping & Gua Sha
Availability Starting in April. Cupping and Gua Sha have been used to treat multiple ailments in the body for over 4000 years. Documented in both Egyptian and Chinese writings, the use of cupping and gua sha were believed to heal the body of stagnant energy by moving it manually. Cupping uses suction while gua sha uses scraping. Both therapies are known for the marks they may leave behind. However, the marks are unlike bruises because there is no trauma being made to the tissue. See our Cupping & Gua Sha page for more information.
Deep Tissue Massages
Deep tissue massage is based on principles of western anatomy, and is the broad term for therapeutic or clinical body work. Deep tissue massage techniques are targeted to work with connective tissue and fascia and are best suited for clients rehabilitating from soft tissue injuries, or those suffering from chronic pain. See our Deep Tissue Massages page for more information.
You will love the soothing heat of our infrared sauna sessions. Forget the harsh heat of traditional saunas. Our saunas provide a comfortable, gentle heat that is enjoyable for the entire session. You will leave feeling invigorated, light, energized, and wanting to come back for more. See our Infrared Sauna page for more information.
Hawaiian LomiLomi is simply an ancient form of deep tissue massage where the therapists use the soft, fleshy part of their forearms, giving the client long, broad, firm strokes over their body. The effect of these broad strokes is soothing and therapeutic without the associated painful moments of other deep tissue modalities. The practitioner oils up the client’s skin for optimum glide, which is also very nurturing to their skin—the largest organ of the body—especially when using high quality oils such as sunflower. See our Lomi Lomi page for more information.
Prenatal or pregnancy massage therapy is an excellent way to find relaxation during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Expectant moms typically find that low back tension, sciatica in the hips, and swelling in the calves are usual areas of concern. The extra forward weight in the abdomen pulls on the lumbar muscles, overworked hip muscles contract and pinch the sciatic nerve, and fluid retention in the calves, ankles, and feet increases due to pressure on the veins as the baby in the uterus grows. See our Prenatal Massages page for more information.
Much like other massage modalities you will often see Sports Massages in a traditional massage setting done in typical time durations (i.e. 30, 60, 90 minute sessions). The goal is more recovery focused for professional and amateur athletes. Therapist usually blend some mix of deep tissue, range-of-motion, compressions, muscle-warming, and or table-thai techniques. See our Sports Massages page for more information.
Swedish massage is also known as a classic massage, and is the most common type of massage practiced in the United States and the western world. It is based on a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology, and is performed on a massage table with either oil or lotion. See our Swedish Massages page for more information.
Thai massage or Thai yoga is an ancient practice which finds the practitioner and the receiver on a comfortable floor futon mattress. It is with loose clothes on and no oil or lotion that the therapist gives the client a variety of stretches, traction-pulls, and compressions. Some of the elements of the protocol are more focused on a certain region of the body, but most have an integrated, full-body effect on the client. The therapist is actually assisting the client in yoga practice, doing the active work for them so that the client may receive it passively with great relaxation and subsequent bliss. See our Thai Massages page for more information.