Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is a hands-on and instrument therapy that corrects muscular and soft tissue problems caused by the formation of adhesive tissues that are laid down due to overuse or cumulative trauma. Muscle testing, palpation and ART provides a way to locate, diagnose, and treat the underlying causes of cumulative trauma disorders. These disorders result in symptoms of:
Numbness – Tingling – Burning – Aching
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly with myofascial release. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they often result from injury to over-used muscles.
Esalen Massage is a unique approach to bodywork studied in greater depth and practiced at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur – a retreat center located at the coast of California. The experience of the Esalen Massage is unlike any other. The massage practitioner uses the surrounding environment (the sounds of ocean waves, the feel of the air and wind) to match the internal rhythms of the client’s body while using words and mantras to deepen the meditative massage. Long, slow, t’ai chi-like strokes are used to awaken sensory awareness, and as the tissues open to the warmth of touch, the contact deepens nudging bound-up muscles, drawing forth expanded movement. Other sources such as yoga stretches, somatic mind-body psychology as well as practices based on the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkreis, Milton Trager are incorporated for an even deeper restorative body work.
Each session is designed to empower each individual to regain a sense of harmony, reverence, and balance, and to awaken inner resources for healing. Each practitioner creates a personal massage art form.
Deep Tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Deep tissue massage uses strokes across the grain of the muscles, not with the grain as in Swedish massage. The more intense movements and techniques such as deep finger pressure may be slightly uncomfortable and cause soreness that lasts a couple of days before resulting in the desired relaxation and pain relief.
A Trigger Point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.
Trigger point work is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.
Reflexology is an ancient and natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body.
Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, cremes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
Sports massage is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the massage are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice and are often focused on a particular troublesome area like a knee or shoulder.
Aspects of massage are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage 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 massage promotes flexibility, removes fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, and prepares them to compete at their absolute best.
Swedish Massage is the most common and best-known type form of bodywork performed today and based on a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
The goal is relaxing the entire body and this is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin.
Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.