bodywork & massage

benefits and techniques

our guiding principle together

use that which works

 

tui na

The long history of Traditional Chinese Medicine has inspired medicinal canon across cultures. Tui na is the incorporation of time-honored manual therapies known as an mo into the literature that informs TCM practice today.

Our eastern bodywork approach to massage gives an emphasis on creating waves of movement in the body, following the idea of ‘being like water’. The physical approach uses this motion to create broad effects, including posturecirculation, and muscle tension.

We can also treat the body by stimulating acupressure points with a finger or thumb. This non-invasive technique of massage is often prescribed after acupuncture in China. Because it allows the manual therapist to affect the subtle flows of Qi, we can accomplish holistic goals including emotional and mental wellness along with their physical manifestations – we like to ease the symptoms, and treat the pattern.

gua sha

A traditional practice of scraping the skin trusted by top athletes and village healers – and backed by science. The effects can include increased circulation and pliability in the skin and fascia, moving long-term stagnation, and supporting the immune system. It’s an enduring technique known for its broad effectiveness in maintaining health.

deep tissue massage

If we understand the body as an interlocking system of muscles, bones, and tendons, then therapy can target these specific body structures. Far more than simply deep pressure, a Deep Tissue Massage treatment includes classic massage moves as well as advanced techniques to release muscles, increase flexibility and balance posture.

By releasing surface layers and isolating narrow bands of tension within individual muscles, we can find and release specific trigger points and knot-like adhesions that so tight that they restrict their own blood flow. You will know right away when these points are released – they hold so much tension that they can cause pain in areas far away from the source, and the relief can be immediate and widespread.

myofascial release

Around every muscle of your body is a thin sheet of soft tissue called fascia. This flexible fiber matrix plays a vital role in maintaining the shape and tone of the body.

Ideally it can stretch with movement, but stress or dehydration can cause it to lose its ability to stretch – thus limiting your motion. By using light, but firm pressure, we can target this layer directly – and trigger a cascade of relief from tension.

thai massage

Bodywork done on a floor platform gives the therapist use of body leverage more naturally, so they can comfortably and safely give you the strongest, most controlled pressure.

This is a meditatively paced treatment. Your therapist works with your body to warm, relax, and give movement to layers of the body, from the skin to the muscles. Energetic work is central to this treatment, using the traditional Thai model of Sen – think ‘characteristic of movement’ or ‘wind’ in the body – giving

Treatment is great at improving circulation and increasing flexibility. Its effects are far-reaching and profound, stemming from an understanding of humanity outside the mind-body duality model. You’ll likely feel an increased ease of movement as well as a feeling of mental calm and tranquility.

This type of massage is most effective in longer sessions.

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