Massage Therapy

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The Well's elite team of massage therapists has advanced training in a wide range of modalities and practitioners tailor each session to the client's needs. Swedish and deep tissue massage form the basis for our therapeutic sessions. Many practitioners incorporate Eastern modalities (acupressure, ashiatsu, lomi-lomi, reflexology, Reiki, Thai) or advanced Western techniques (neuromuscular/triggerpoint therapy, positional release/strain counterstrain, myofascial release) in their practice as well.

Swedish massage, the foundation for Western-style integrative massage technique, is a relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, cross-fiber friction, rolling, kneading, and tapotement to help the body improve circulation of blood, lymph and interstitial fluids. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, lowered blood pressure, and greater flexibility.

Deep tissue massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper muscular layers of the body. Deep tissue massage is highly effective for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and lingering past injuries. Due to the nature of deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable.

Positional release is a form of neuromuscular therapy where the therapist gently moves the body into a position that allows the tightened muscle to become slackened for a period of 90-120 seconds. The muscle fibers "reset" to a non-stress condition, thereby restoring balance, comfort and functionality. This "fold and hold" technique, akin to osteopathic strain-counterstrain, is particularly effective with muscules that are in discomfort and too sore for traditional massage techniques or on tissues that are non-responsive to other methods.

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. The therapist uses various massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that links and envelops all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release may involved deep tissue work. Indirect release applies controlled, steady pressure to gently stretch the fascia, allowing for increased blood circulation and pain relief.

Trigger point therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing the body's “trigger points,” tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body.  These trigger points are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress and may create referred pain to other areas of the body.  During a trigger point therapy session, the therapist first applies focused pressure to create an ischemic environment around the trigger point, then releases the pressure to facilitate blood and lymph flow and removal of accumulated cellular waste.  This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing the Qi (energy) flow.  Unlike acupuncture, the therapist manually applies pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, the therapist works directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between practitioner and client. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in the feet, hands and/or ears. Unlike foot massages aimed at relieving tension in the musculoskeletal structures of the foot, reflexology is a more in-depth session designed to harmonize the entire body. According to Eunice Ingham's "zone reflexology" theory, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet and hands and stimulation of these areas may promote health and homeostatis in the corresponding organ, muscle, or joint. Reflexology treatments may be effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.

Stone therapy is bodywork where the therapist applies deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones (high iron content basalt for hot stones; cooling white quartz for cold stones).  The therapist places stones on strategic areas on your skin and uses hand stones for more penetrating massage pressure. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven. Stone therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction within your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms.  This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.

Medical massage is treatment specifically directed to resolve a condition diagnosed by your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist.  The therapists employs a variety of modalities during the treatment, focusing only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis.  This approach enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and can reduce the needed recovery time from injury. Following an initial assessment session, we usually schedule three 30-minute sessions over a 2-3 week period.