Each treatment begins with an assessment to determine which modality optimizes the effectiveness of treatment goals. A session might include one or a combination of the following services:
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai Massage is a system of bodywork that combines compressions of points along energy lines (Sen lines) with body mobilization and stretching.
Thai Massage is practiced on a floor mat, with the client dressed in comfortable clothing. A sequence of movements is designed to support both the client and practitioner, with focus on breath, meditation and efficiency of movement. Stretches, similar to passive yoga asana, allow the client to recognize patterns of tension within his or her own body.
Muscle Therapy addresses specific symptoms of muscular dysfunction that can result in chronic pain, fatigue and injury. While often integrated into Thai Massage it can also be a treatment in itself. In this case, the treatment takes place on a massage table, with the area to be treated exposed. A combination of myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage precisely addresses the fascia, muscles and tendons that are creating dysfunction. These fibers are then guided back to alignment through myofascial lengthening and stretching. The treatment concludes with a self-care regimen of stretches and strengthening techniques for the client to practice.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. For more information on CST and its clinical applications: https://www.upledger.com/therapies/index.php
Tools for wellness
A treatment does not end with conclusion of the session. Client empowerment is at the heart of effective bodywork. Specific steps for Self-Care are provided: stretches, postural awareness methods, strengthening recommendations and self-care resources.