Pregnancy, acute physical or emotional trauma are times when the body’s stress responses benefit greatly from massage. Other stresses include the constant burden of living in a toxic world that we may not always like or understand. Sarah offers a variety of massage styles that clients may need on any given day.
The beauty of fusion wellness treatments at Sarah Maces studio is that depending on their pain/stress level clients have the choice between a more active session or a more restorative one on any given day.
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MASSAGE & BODYWORK
MASSAGE THERAPY & BODY WORK
The relaxation response is as important to the wellness process as movement. Pregnancy, acute physical or emotional trauma are times when the body’s stress responses benefit greatly from massage. Other stresses include the constant burden of living in a toxic world that we may not always like or understand. Sarah offers a variety of massage styles and encourages clients to consider what kind of treatment they may need on any given day. As a general rule massage loosens tight muscles, improves blood flow, and speeds the removal of wastes. Inflammation is reduced, muscles feel invigorated and immune enhancing endorphins released to revitalize the body's brain and nervous systems. The techniques listed below enable the client to design their personal session more specifically and to blend styles at their leisure.
SWEDISH / CIRCULATORY MASSAGE
Long gliding strokes using light, medium or firm pressure increase circulation and lymphatic drainage. Benefits include relief from stress, sore muscles and chronic pain. Ideal for seniors or those new to massage.
DEEP TISSUE / TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE
Also termed Neuromuscular or Sports Massage these are deep techniques where elbows and knuckles are used in addition to hands to search out areas of hyperconstricted muscle tissue. These ‘trigger points’ often hide under boney landmarks especially around the neck, low back and shoulder blades. Once released these points have a profound effect on the nervous and muscular systems. This is a deep treatment and clients should expect to be guided through the session using breathing techniques. The pleasure from this technique hinges on pain and it is one of the most requested types of massage. It is also complimented when used in combination with Active Isolated Stretching (see description of AIS on movement page).
PRENATAL / POSTNATAL MASSAGE
Massage during and after pregnancy is an excellent choice to compliment natal care. Sidelying position with supportive pillows are used to alleviate the strain on the lower back and pelvis. Natal massage helps to reduce headaches, backaches, muscle tension and spasms. Promotes quality sleep while reducing anxiety and fatigue. Over the last 25 years Sarah has worked with dozens of pre- and post-natal women and believes that pregnancy is one of the most important times for a woman to nurture herself with healing touch.
TABLE THAI MASSAGE
Originally from Thailand this ancient fusion of yoga and acupressure has become extremely popular in the west. Using knees, feet, elbows and assisted yoga poses Table Thai involves the therapist joining the client on the table. The therapist actively lifts and moves all parts of the body during this session. Leaving the client feeling like they had a massage and a movement session without having done any work. Sometimes called ‘ the lazy mans yoga’ this style also combines well with deep tissue and is a wondrous journey into the realm of Asian healing arts.
Is a form of energy work. This non-invasive style of bodywork works with the cranial bones to stimulate the circulation of cerebralspinal fluid in the brain and deeply affect the central nervous system. It is highly effective at releasing mental stress, emotional trauma and is a profoundly meditative experience. The client feels transported and time is suspended. If you ever met someone who cannot get out of their head this is the technique for them. It combines well with hot stone therapy and is a wonderful technique to finish any massage treatment with.
HOT STONE THERAPY
Hot stones were first popularized at spas in Santa Fee, New Mexico. Another style of energy work the stones are heated and placed on energy centers and acupressure points of the body. This therapy is powerful because the energetic properties of the heated stones combines with the energy centers (chakras) and acupressure points of the body. While the therapist is rotating the stones from one area to the next she has intervals of time to use the hot stones to do Swedish massage on the muscles, thus covering the whole body. This is one of the most luxurious massage treatments available and not to be missed. Please schedule Hot Stone Massage a minimum of 24 hours in advance.