Custom therapeutic massage
Sustainable Health & Wellness recognizes that your choice of a massage therapist or bodyworker is a very personal one. Accordingly, we do all that we can to customize your session to your body, mood and preferences. To this end, please arrive a few minutes early in order to fill out our pre-massage questionnaire and to allow time for a brief, but thorough interview before your session so that your therapist can customize your session to your needs and preferences. Throughout any of the below sessions, soft music surrounds and soothes. You breathe deeply, as faint aromas begin to transport you to another time, another place. Moist-heat relaxes and warms the most tense muscular areas. The massage begins, customized to your needs and preferences. Throughout your massage you are discreetly draped.
PLEASE NOTE: Because many of our bodywork sessions incorporate Aromatherapy, and because many people today are chemically-sensitive, SH&W has chosen to maintain a "chemical-free" environment. Please arrive free of commercially-scented products (ie: perfumes, colognes, hairsprays, scented deodorants, etc.).
Aromatherapeutic Massage Aromatherapy refers to the use of volatile plant materials known as essential oils for therapeutic effect on the client's body, mind, mood and health. Some essential oils, such as “tea tree” and thyme oil are known to have antimicrobial effects. Others oils have been used to reduce pain, inflammation and anxiety, to enhance energy and short-term memory, to prevent hair loss, and to reduce skin conditions such as acne and eczema. The oils work both directly in a physiological sense, and indirectly by influencing the limbic system of the brain through our sense of smell. Aromatherapeutic Massage can be nearly any type of massage combined with Aromatherapy, but lends itself best to Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Reflexology sessions. In most cases, Aromatherapy is not combined with Pregnancy Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and lingering past injuries. For most people, the superficial muscles must be relaxed first in order to go deeper, so this type of massage is often combined with Swedish Massage techniques to enhance the relaxation response. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to ensure a balance between effectiveness and comfort. It is possible to experience a transient soreness after treatment, but drinking plenty of water will aid in flushing out metabolic wastes that will have been released from the deep muscles during the session.
Trigger Point Therapy Trigger Points are areas of the muscle or connective tissue that are more sensitive than the surrounding areas. Often times, trigger points will radiate pain/sensation out to other areas of the body. Trigger points can be irritating when using the muscle, or even at rest. This type of massage uses direct pressure to deactivate the trigger point, and is combined with other Deep Tissue or Swedish techniques to stretch the affected muscle, increase circulation to the surrounding area, and restore postural balance.
Neuromuscular Therapy (PNF Stretching) helps in situations of chronic pain and muscle spasm. PNF stretching can release muscle spasms, address trigger points that can cause pain, increase circulation to the surrounding area, and allow correction in postural realignment.
Myofascial Release Fascia is connective tissue that wraps around individual muscle fibers, entire muscles, organs, and finally our entire body. Adhesions often form in the fascia surrounding the muscles, restricting the muscle from lengthening to it’s full potential. This in turn decreases our flexibility and range of motion. Myofascial release uses rolling movements applied to the skin, as well as sustained pressure and stretching to eliminate restrictions in the fascia. It can be highly effective in relieving chronic neck, head and back pain, and restoring movement.
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) Myoskeletal Alignment combines the principles of Osteopathy and Structural Integration to relieve chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal imbalances, and reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Tight, stressed muscles contribute to pain by limiting freedom of movement, while weak muscles provide inadequate support for the body. This can lead to posture problems, stiffness, and other symptoms which create an endless cycle of pain. Practitioners work to address the fundamental issues in the muscles and fascia, thereby eliminating the associated symptoms. MAT is often integrated into Swedish massage sessions, but can also be a stand-alone focused session to treat longstanding problems.
Swedish (relaxation) Massage Swedish Massage is known to stimulate circulation, reduce pain and swelling, strengthen immunity, release tension and promote relaxation. The therapist applies massage oil or lotion, and utilizes 5 basic strokes that flow toward the heart (effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration), to manipulate the tissues of the body. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Reflexology A system of applying pressure to specific reflex points in the feet to activate the healing powers of the body, and bring health to its corresponding organs. Your therapist may also work reflex points in the hands or ears. It is one of the best choices of therapeutic bodywork for infants, children, elders, anyone who prefers to remain clothed during a session, or for chronic health conditions that involve internal organ or glandular systems. Reflexology also reduces stress, improves circulation, stimulates nerve response, and induces deep, whole-body relaxation.
Scar Tissue Release Scar tissue is formed when there is trauma to the soft tissue of the body. A simple scar from childhood or a major scar from surgery can have lifelong physiological effects on the body. Scar tissue and the associated adhesions surrounding the scar often restrict movement in the body and can cause severe itching, tenderness, pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety/depression, and a disruption of daily activities. This technique is designed to release the fascial adhesions to improve flexibility, decrease sensitivity of the scar, improve local circulation, stimulate lymph drainage, and reduce the risk of muscle strain and tearing.
Sports Massage Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce inflammation, and increase flexibility. When injuries do occur, Sports Massage enhances healing by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness, promoting the body's natural immune function, and dramatically improving recovery rates, faster than rest alone would allow.
Acupressure Both acupuncture and acupressure utilize the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, assist in detoxification of the body, and to tone facial muscles.
Polarity Therapy Energy balancing work, based on Dr. Stone’s theories, the ancient Indian Ayurvedic system of health, as well as the flow of energy and the balance of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, ether) within the physical and energetic bodies. A four-faceted therapy involving aura and bodywork, “energy exercise”, nutritional analysis and self-awareness. Elements of Polarity therapy can be incorporated into a Swedish massage session; as a stand-alone therapy, your session would be performed completely clothed; please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
The Reconnection® and Dr. Eric Pearl’s Reconnective Healing The Reconnection® is about connecting our personal energy grid system with the energy grid system of the greater Universe. The Reconnection® takes place in two sessions, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Sessions optimally take place on consecutive days or with one day between. Long-distance clients are encouraged to stay overnight locally (link to area hotels and B&Bs) as our guest with a discounted room rate, space permitting. Both sessions consist of work in the energy field surrounding the body, and so are "touch-free" and performed fully clothed. Please wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing to be worn during your session.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. Due to possible complications during pregnancy, please check with your health care provider before booking an appointment for Pregnancy Massage.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle manual treatment that improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. In the 1930s, MLD techniques were first introduced by Dr. Emil Vodder, PhD, MT from Denmark. MLD is now becoming widely recognized as a treatment for many pathologies including post-surgical swelling, sports injuries, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. MLD also promotes general relaxation and for detoxification of the skin and superficial fascia. In lymphedema, MLD is used to reroute the lymph flow around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels, which drain into the venous circulation.
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Custom Therapeutic Massage or Energy work, booked with our Licensed Massage Therapists:
30 minutes: $50
60 minutes: $85
90 minutes: $120
Hot Stone add-on: $10
(please request 24 hrs in advance)
Chair massage: $1 per minute
Custom Therapeutic Massage,
Reflexology or Energy work, booked with Dr Dana:
60 minutes: $95
90 minutes: $130
Hot Stone add-on: $10
(please request 24 hrs in advance)
Aromatherapy add-on: $5
Initial Intake (allow 90min): $165
1st Follow-up (allow 60min): $105
Extended Follow-up: $190
(by Dr. Dana’s recom. - allow 2 hrs)
The 2-session Reconnection® (best if sessions are booked on 2 consecutive days) $333.