Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. This is the type of massage that most people think of when they think about massage. I use a delightful massage cream, that is not greasy or sticky. Most of my clients love the silky feel of the massage cream I use. 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, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. 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, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
I have found that most people enjoy a blend of Deep Tissue work and Swedish work. Certain areas of the body want and need deep work to relieve tight muscles, while other areas are too sensitive for the deeper work. This type of massage is both relaxing and benificial for the muscles.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. This technique is always used in Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork, but not in Swedish Massage. (see Deep Tissue)
- Presence of a referred pain pattern
- Stretching the muscle increases pain
- Strong contraction of affected muscle increases pain
- Pressure on a trigger point causes intensification of the referred pain
NMT is a method of treatment that includes assessment of tissues in order to locate neuromuscular dysfunction and to "normalize" them by the application of appropriate treatment. Stanley Lief, D.C. & N.D., and Boris Chaitow, O.D., developed soft tissue techniques in the early 1900's. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins. This set the foundation for what we now call neuromuscular therapy. Janet Travell, M.D. & David Simons, M.D. further developed the theoretical and practical aspects of NMT in the early 1950's. They codified the technique under the name of Trigger Point Therapy.
Massage Cupping techniques are an adaptions of an ancient technique. This therapy utilizes plastic cups and a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using a gliding technique while gently pulling up on the skin. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachments, and organs and also has a sedating effect on the nervous system. Another benefit is to pull inflammation and toxins from the body tissues so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them.
A full Massage Cupping session usually lasts 1.5 hours.
Massage Cupping is great for people who can't tolorate deep tissue work, as this releases 'trigger points' and tight muscles without using the intense pressure of other massage techniques.
Massage Cupping does NOT leave marks on the skin (other cupping techniques do), because of the use of massage oil on the skin which facilates the gliding of the cups.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
The great benefits the chair massage provided to your employees helps to reduce anxiety, and bring them a more cheerful demeanor. Being the wise business person that you are, you know that relaxed, cheerful employees are more productive employees. When your employees know that you care about them (by providing Chair Massage) they care more about your customers, which is great for your business.
Chair massage is affordable for your company to incorporate into your employee incentive package. It gives your employees another great reason to get out of bed and go to work. One turn on the massage chair doesn't last for the rest of one's life, but is appreciated by your employees. Providing Chair Massage as a weekly or monthly benefit for your employees will show them that you truly have their best interests in mind, which will enhance company morale and loyalty.
*Prices are based on the time booked.
In my office at 41 E. Main St., Suite 100, Lake Zurich, IL:
- 60 minutes - $70
- 90 minutes - $100
In your home:
- 60 minutes - $90 (first person)
- 60 minutes - $70 (second person, same day)
- 90 minutes - $120