As infants, the first sensation we respond to is touch. In a 1990 study, premature babies who were given regular massages showed more rapid weight gain and were released from the hospital days earlier than non-massaged babies. Throughout our lives, touch remains a powerful experience. More than just a "feel-good" experience, massage is the general term that describes a variety of techniques applying touch to the human body for therapeutic purposes. Although there are many different types of massage, they share certain recognized benefits: tension and stress reduction, improved oxygen and nutrient flow to tissues, positive immune system response, pain and fatigue reduction, alleviation of depression symptoms and an enhanced overall sense of well-being. While massage therapy alone is no substitute for medical care, it can prove a remarkably effective complement to mainstream health care. As a non-invasive, drug-free approach to health, a number of types of massage therapy have gained widespread popularity.
Massage Regular 'Swedish Style'
Introduced in the nineteenth century by former Swedish gymnast, Professor Per Henrick Ling, Swedish massage rapidly gained popular acceptance. Athletes in particular found it especially helpful in relieving pain and tension in over-stressed muscles. Tight, tense muscles do more than cause discomfort. They also restrict blood vessels interfering with efficient blood flow. Massage not only increases oxygen and nutrient flow to the tissues. It also speeds the removal of poisonous waste materials such as lactic acid from fatigued muscles and joints. Prior to your massage, a hot bath or shower is an excellent way to begin the relaxation process. Your therapist will ask you about any injuries, surgeries, tenderness, sensitive spots or sore areas on your body. Fully draped with a sheet and/or blankets, you'll lie on a comfortable padded table while the therapist applies gliding, kneading and rubbing strokes to your muscles and soft tissues. A lubricating oil, lotion or powder is used to soothe and reduce friction during the compression and movement of soft tissue. Often soothing music is played as well.
Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle, non-invasive, system of healing that reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. Its principles are based on a simple and profound philosophy: allow the body to correct itself. The hallmark of Ortho-Bionomy® is pain relief. The founder, British-trained Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, discovered how to gently stimulate the body’s reflexes for self-correction in a way that supports a person’s own healing mechanisms. The body is stimulated using gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. The individual is empowered to participate in their own recovery, and through the process can begin to rediscover the ability to heal and restore comfort, ease and balance back into their body. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow full range of motion. (Unlike massage, you will remain fully clothed.) The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension and pain as well as areas of comfort and ease of movement. Gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compressions and subtle contacts are used. No forceful movements or pressures are used.
Massage Therapy or Ortho-Bionomy Sessions
60 minute treatment: $85.00
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Five (5) 60 minute sessions: $382.50
Ten (10) 60 minute sessions: $680.00
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