I do my best to customize each massage treatment session based on your needs and issues. Types of Massage: *Swedish/Relaxation Massage is basically just that. A nice relaxing massage, which, although it might sound like it just feels good, is still very beneficial for your mental, physical and spiritual health. It's effects can include a decrease in blood pressure, decreased stress levels, a decrease in pain levels, increased energy levels, and an over-all improvement in your sense of well-being. It is the "basis" for most massage sessions, often some of the other options listed below will be used in conjunction with a Swedish massage to achieve the desired goal of the treatment session. *Pain Management would involve much discussion about a treatment plan which would most likely involve a combination of different types of massage, some strengthening and some stretching techniques to provide a customized "plan of attack" to increase your comfort level and, more importantly, decrease your pain level. If you are currently under a doctor's care, there may be some discussion with your doctor regarding your treatment options and expectations, and to ensure no additional injury is caused. *Deep Tissue Massage is used when you have a specific injury site that needs deep/intense work. It is most likely going to cause discomfort, if not pain, when performed. This type of massage is NOT performed on a whole body during a session. It is a very precise type of work, meant to address a specific problem site or area. *Myofascial release is used when it has been determined that your connective tissue is contracted or has adhesions that need to be released. This type of therapy is not as well-known, but when the fascia is not addressed it can cause many problems. If your restricted fascia is not released, you muscles will be unable to be loosened up, because it encompasses your muscles. *Sports Massage - which is often also referred to as "medical massage" - is used to work on specific muscles or parts of muscles that may have been over-worked, injured, or are "tight" and need to loosened up. *Pregnancy Massage is obviously used when a pregnant woman is worked on. It differs from other types of massage in that the client will typically be in a "side-lying" position and special care is taken to work cautiously and gently to ensure that no harm comes to mother or fetus. *Hot Stone Massage is basically what it sounds like it is. It is a full-body massage using very warm, very smooth stones to apply heat to warm and relax your muscles. The stones are used both in a relaxing, stroking manner and also to "dig in" to address trouble spots, depending upon what the client needs. This treatment usually takes longer than a typical full-body massage and requires an additional charge. *Trigger Point Therapy is a type of therapy that is used when small, distinct spots of muscle tightness are found. Precise and sustained pressure is used, in conjunction with client input, to eliminate the problem spot. This treatment is most likely not going to be pleasurable during the treatment, but the end result is worth it. *Chair massage is a type of massage that is performed with a clothed client sitting in a specially designed massage chair. This type of massage is typically done in a business or public setting because the client is able to remain dressed. Additional Treatment Options: Raindrop Technique is derived from an ancient Native American custom of applying oils to the feet, spinal area of the back and the whole back to kill possible bacteria and micro-organisms found in the cerebro-spinal fluid and spinal column, which is theorized to be the cause of some spinal scoliosis or misalignment. This technique is also believed to balance the mind and body, relieve sore & tired muscles, boost the immune system, oxygenates and realigns the body both structurally and electrically. It is preformed using a specific selections of oils, in a specific sequence, using specific massage strokes. It is extremely relaxing and the combination of the oils can have a very unique effect. Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of healing using energy. Directly translated, Reiki means "Universal Life Energy". It is believed to effect a person on a mental, physical and spiritual level. Some people who receive Reiki treatments claim to achieve many of the same benefits as one would from traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Reiki is performed on a clothed client.