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Wellness Massage

Wellness massage is an excellent way to counter the complex effects of  stressful lifestyles in our modern world. Chronic pain and tension can be caused by a variety of issues. 

Whether your pain stems from chronic stress due work demands, an unbalanced home/work lifestyle OR emotional distress such as depression and/or anxiety, OR a physical challenge such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, low back pain, massage is a valuable tool in your wellness routine to promote overall well-being. 

With the proven cumulative effects of massage, massage is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule, at least once/month is optimal, allowing therapist and client to work together to alleviate chronic issues.

Massage Techniques 

Relaxation – Also known as Swedish massage, this gentle technique uses soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on topmost muscle layer. This can also be combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage promotes relaxation, circulation, and energy.

Deep Tissue – This style of massage aims to break up, loosen and release chronically locked up muscles by going deep into the connective tissue. Deep tissue is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule to soothe muscles and keep the connective tissue flexible.

Hot Stone - Smooth, flat, heated basalt stones are added to the back during a relaxation massage session. The heated stones help to alleviate muscle tension, discomfort, and pain through gentle warmth, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation. 

Mayofacial Release: This particular massage works with the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and is woven throughout the whole body. Mayofacial release frees up adhesed tissue offering more flexibility, reducing discomfort and improving range of motion.  

  • Cupping - Cupping creates negative pressure which can loosen muscles, promote blood flow to tissue and helps to sedate the nervous system. It's a great addition for repetitive use conditions, chronic issues and facial restrictions. 
  • Gua-Sha – A traditional Chinese medicine technique in which the skin on the back and other parts of the body is scraped with a rounded edge such as a ceramic spoon or ox-horn carved tool. Gua-Sha breaks up myofascial adhesion, i.e. pain and restriction in the connective tissues, which promotes the body’s own natural healing response.  

Michele Hislop LMT

Michele Hislop LMT