SERVICES & RATES

SWEDISH MASSAGE

60 minutes: $80

Swedish, or classical, massage is the style that comes to mind when most people think of massage.  It is considered to be the basis for other types of Western massage such as, aromatherapy, sports massage, and deep tissue massage.  It is used to reduce pain and joint stiffness, increase circulation and oxygen flow, and release toxins (especially lactic acid) from the muscles.  Massage helps in muscle recovery by helping the body release lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes more quickly.  It is also used to relieve stress and improve mood, providing overall physical wellness and mental well-being.

Five basic strokes are incorporated into a Swedish massage: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber), and vibration/shaking. Oils and lotions are used, and the therapist may use hands, knuckles, elbows, or forearms with long, gliding strokes.  Strokes go from distal (away from the heart) to proximal (toward the heart) to increase venous return and boost circulation.  Pressure during a swedish massage can range from light to firm, and many therapists will use deep tissue or trigger point therapy to add specfic attention to certain areas of the body during some Swedish massages.  This modality is beneficial for clients who are seeking to relieve stress, increase circulation, or recover from athletic workouts.

+30 Minutes added to session: $110

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

60 minutes: $80

Deep Tissue Massage is used to reach the connective tissue (the deeper layer of muscles) under the superficial layer of fascia on the body to release chronic tension.  Deep tissue massage uses higher pressure, slower strokes and concentrates on specific areas of the body in comparison to relaxation or Swedish massage.  Pressure is applied slow and deliberately using not only the hands and fingers, but also the forearms, elbows, and knuckles.  Since the work in unhurried and focused, a deep tissue massage will not necessarily address every area of the body as a relaxation massage would.

Deep tissue massage is commonly used by athletes or individuals whose jobs require them to do a lot of physical activity.  It can also be beneficial on injuries or emotional trauma that may be kept in the physical body.  Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable.  Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment.  It is STRONGLY recommended that half your body weight in ounces of water be ingested for 3 days post-massage to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins released during the session.  For example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day for three days.

+30 Minutes added to session: $110