This is a traditional Western relaxation massage where broad, rhythmic, gliding strokes, kneading, percussion and tapping techniques are used on the more superficial layers of muscles and fascia. This type of massage is recommended for clients seeking complete full-body relaxation and increased circulation.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure and friction. Deep pressure is administered to affect the sublayer of musculature and fascia that support muscle tissues and loosen bonds between the layers of connective tissues. Added attention is given to areas affected by overuse, fibrotic build-up, trigger-points and decreased circulation. Our therapists utilize cross-fiber techniques using movements directed across the grain of muscles. This approach is applied with greater pressure and at deeper layers of the muscle than Swedish Massage. Usually there are one to three target areas that will be worked on. The most commonly requested areas are neck, shoulders/upper traps, lower back, calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and psoas. This type of massage is recommended for clients who seek therapy on specific target areas and who require more pressure than is typically applied during a Swedish Massage.
Post-surgical manual lymphatic drainage therapy is a gentle skin-stretching massage technique that encourages swelling to move into the body's lymphatic system. Plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, liposuction, fat transfers and tummy tucks introduce the body to significant tissue traumas. As you continue with your recovery process, your body will experience numerous changes some of which will include swelling, heaviness, tightness, fibrosis (thickening or scarring of connective tissue) and small scarring from incisions caused by use of cannulas and drainage holes. The skin-stretching massage techniques combined with rhythmic compressions to specific lymph node regions accomplishes several important functions: (1) increases the lymphatic fluid transport rate, (2) develops new routes toward less congested regions, (3) increases the body's natural process of breaking down protein deposits and (4) mechanically breaks up newly formed superficial fibrotic tissue.
Post-surgery recovery is not an insignificant process and many weeks of maintenance and post-surgery care are required to achieve desired results. Each individual's recovery journey is unique- drastic swelling and inflammation reduction may take only 2 weeks for one person while for another person it may take twice as long or more. Additionally, as swelling subsides and the body gradually slims down, fibrosis and uneven texture underneath the skin becomes more apparent. This is when precise and purposeful manual therapy with a deeper pressure is applied to break down scarring and crunchy seroma-filled pockets.
For reference, here is some information about swelling after liposuction.
In the book, Bodysculpture: Plastic Surgery of the Body for Men and Women, Dr. Engler says after liposuction, "maximum swelling and bruising - and therefore discomfort - may not occur until 1-3 days after surgery. When bruising starts out relatively deep as after liposuction, it may take longer to peak, e.g., 5-10 days" (2000). In the study titled "Unfavorable Outcomes of Liposuction and Their Management," published in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, Dixit and Wagh (2013) reviewed the cases of over six hundred liposuction procedures and found that "swelling will be apparent within 24-48 hours after the procedure and continues to mildly increase for the first 10-14 days."
We recommend one weekly session per week for as long as swelling feels uncomfortable and a one-hour session each week thereafter until fibrosis and uneven texture normalizes.
Addresses concerns of both athletes and active persons. Enables clients to attain their greatest potential by accelerating the body’s own natural restorative processes and enables the client to participate more often in rigorous physical training and conditioning. Helps improve ability to perform while reducing incidence of lost time from injury and fatigue. Our therapist will work to stretch and broaden key muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascial tissue to bring more oxygen and nutrients to those areas. Your therapist will look for fibrous bands, knots, stress points, and imbalance caused by asymmetry, overcompensation and overuse. This type of massage is recommended for clients who seek advanced muscle and fascial work through the use of Heat and Ice Therapies, Graston Technique, Assisted Stretching, Hypervolt Vibration Gun Therapy, Cupping (additional charge), Kinesiotaping (additional charge), and comprehensive techniques to address problems affecting the kinetic chain.
Whether you have physical discomfort or are seeking relaxing therapy during your pregnancy, we can help. Our trained prenatal massage therapist will help you renew your sense of well-being on this special journey of yours be it in the first trimester or past due. We will help address common issues like increased pain, aches, swelling, and stress. You may well be dealing with new issues brought on or made worse by pregnancy such as hip and low back pain, sciatica, calf cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and lymphedema. Your session will be modified for safety: specific techniques, applications, bolstering, and body positioning will be used to address pregnancy-related orthopedic conditions and heightened sensitivities.
Supported side-lying and/or a reclined position are used depending on the conditions and needs of the prenatal client.
Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer is offered by Phuong Tran, LMT. An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. After a thorough Oncology Intake Form is completed and, if necessary, consultation with a client's Oncologist/Physician, Phuong prepares the client for a specially-modified massage therapy session that, when necessary, includes bolstering for maximum comfort, carefully-monitored pressure application, hypoallergenic lotion and heightened precautions for factors such as surgery, radiation, and mediport sites, deep vein thrombosis risks, compromised circulation, bone metastases, skin reactions to cancer treatment and so forth.
Oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue mobilization to pain reduction, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people at all stages of the cancer journey.
Personalized blend of Eastern and Western modalities purposefully interwoven into one session. This is our most advanced offering- an all-inclusive treatment that includes Hot Stones, Gua Sha, Graston Technique, Cupping Therapy, Reflexology, Kinesiotaping, Assisted Stretch, and Face Massage. Creme de la creme!
The art of stimulating the body’s own healing forces by locating and stimulating certain points on the feet that affect organs or functions in distant parts of the body. Detects imbalance, congestion and inflammation and may help to send messages back to the brain to affect the areas by sending endorphins and more circulation to those areas. Our practitioners feel for inconsistencies such as knots, hard areas, swelling, crunchiness and sensitive spots.
During a foot reflexology session, the client remains fully-clothed and is comfortably positioned on an adjustable lounge chair and the feet are placed in a plastic-lined tub of warm water infused with sea salt. To begin the session, as the feet are soaking, a form of Chinese therapy called Tui-Na is performed. For 60 and 90 minute sessions, the main focus is on the feet but attention is also given to the hands, arms, legs, neck, shoulders and back.
This therapy is recommended for clients who suffer from tired, achy and overworked feet and for clients seeking to address conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, neuromas, fibromas, scar tissue, neuropathy, and toe cramping.
We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing that allows full access to the lower legs, arms and neck/shoulders.
Dixit, V. V., & Wagh, M. S. (2013). Unfavorable Outcomes of liposuction and their management. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 46(2), 377-92
Engler, A. M. (2000). Bodysculpture: Plastic Surgery of the body for men and women. New York: Hudson Publishing