‘Anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage.’
At Advanced Health and Wellness our Massage Therapists are trained in therapeutic massage techniques and are well experienced in their art. A personalized Massage Therapy Intake will allow for a more individualized approach and recommendation as to which massage techniques may best benefit you.
We offer both 60 and 90 minute massages in our private massage suite. Techniques include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point / Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Oncology Massage, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage and Medical Massage.
In addition to traditional massage, we offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Cupping, Hot or Cold Stone Therapy and CBG Oil for added healing benefits
Advanced Health and Wellness offers the following Massage Therapy Services
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) originated nearly 100 years ago, being developed in the 1930s by Frenchman, Emil Vodder. It has risen in popularity over the past few years being used for many medical issues and conditions. The intention of this type of massage is to enhance lymphatic fluid flow with little emphasis on muscles. Lymphatic drainage massage therapy uses light pressure and rhythmic movements to support lymph drainage. Unlike typical massages, where oil is used to reduce friction, there is no oil applied during lymphatic drainage massages.
Our massage therapist is trained in the Vodder Method, which teaches pulling and stretching of the skin to encourage lymph fluid to move through the superficial lymphatic vessels. This typically means a light sweeping effleurage stroke. Lymphatic drainage causes no pain, is very relaxing and it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep or reach a deep state of relaxation during treatment.
Lymphatic fluid is the fluid that flows through the lymphatic system, a system composed of lymph vessels and lymph nodes, leading back to the heart via circulation. The lymphatic system is also responsible for moving waste and toxins into the bloodstream where they can be detoxified via the liver. When the lymphatic system is disrupted, lymph collects in the arms, legs and sometimes in the trunk, leading to swelling, edema or lymphedema.
It may take a few sessions to start seeing results from lymphatic drainage massages. If you have several sessions without any changes, talk to your therapist about other treatment options. For patients who are recovering swiftly from ailments with no complications, 1-2 sessions weekly is recommended. A client may experience flu-like symptoms following MLD. After these symptoms dissipate, clients will begin to experience a restoration of health and improved vitality.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage include:
Contraindications to MLD include - acute inflammation, acute phlebitis, malignant tumors, acute thrombosis, history of DVT, congestive heart problems, current chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
15 Minute Add On to 60 or 90 Minute Massage
Cupping dates back to 1550 BC, being mentioned in one of the oldest medical texts, the Ebers Papyrus for its use by Egyptians. It’s also seen in ancient Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures.
Cupping consists of suction being created by ‘cups’ placed on the body. Suction creates a vacuum effect which helps move stagnant blood and energy from troubled areas. Traditionally, fire is used to create suction with glass cups. At Advanced Health and Wellness we use a modern version rubber cup that uses a pump, rather than fire, to create the vacuum effect. The cups may remain stationary or can be moved up and down an area in more of a massage like technique.
Cupping can be performed on many regions of the body, including the back, shoulders and legs. Your massage therapist will provide cupping on one primary area, determined for greatest therapeutic effect through your personalized massage intake. Skin discoloration in the circular shape of the cups may occur, but fades within days. This treatment lasts 15 minutes and is added to either a 60 or 90 minute massage, creating a 75 or 105 minute total treatment time.
Cupping Therapy Benefits include:
Promoting Blood Flow to the Skin
Reducing Inflammation and Decreasing Pain
Boosting Cellular Immunity
Easing Arthritis, RA and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Improving Headaches and Migraines
Assisting with Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular Conditions (i.e. Asthma, Irritable Bowel Disease and Hypertension)
No additional time required
Hot Stone Therapy, another ancient therapeutic tradition, was historically used thousands of years ago in India and hundreds of years ago in Hawaii, as well as by Native American tribes. Whether using river stones, lava rocks or rocks warmed in an open fire… these traditions saw the positive effects of decreased pain and increased circulation.
Hot stone massages utilize Basalt river rocks to apply heat to specific areas of tissue and act as an extension of the therapist’s hands. Basalt rocks are preferred for their smoothness and their ability to retain heat. Thermodynamic basalt stones, which are massaged over the body as the therapeutic heat slowly radiates into the body, ease muscles and induce a state of calm relaxation. Small stones are also placed on key energy points, while a luxurious warm oil is massaged into the skin. Stones are warmed to between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
During a hot stone massage, warm stones are placed on acupressure points, relaxing muscles and allowing for deeper pressure to be applied during your massage. Your massage therapist will use hot stones on targeted areas, determined for greatest therapeutic effect through your personalized massage intake. This is an add on to a 60 or 90 minute massage with no additional time needed to include this therapy.
Decrease Pain and Inflammation
Support Overall Wellness and Vitality
No additional time required
Cold Stone Therapy is invigorating and has healing effects for many conditions. The cooling sensations, or cryotherapy, created by the cold stones cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which alleviates swelling, reduces pain and promotes healing to the tissues receiving therapy. Cold stones, unlike ice, do not desensitize nor numb the skin.
Cold stone massage therapy involves chilling smooth stones on ice and gently placing or rolling them over the face, neck or area of the body, determined by your massage therapist in your personalized massage intake, for greatest benefit. As the cold stones are removed, blood vessels begin to dilate bringing nutrient dense and oxygen rich blood flow to the affected areas.
Nourish Skin by Reducing Puffiness and Redness
Improve Sports Conditioning by Reducing Pain and Inflammation
Relieve Migraines and Headaches
Soothe Sinusitis and Sinus Discomfort
Reduce Blood Pressure
Ease Menstrual Symptoms like Cramping and Bloating
Relax, Refresh and Revitalize Tissue
Accelerate Cellular Repair
CBG (Cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid from the cannabis sativa plant. Many are familiar with the benefits of CBD, but there are hundreds of cannabinoids with a plethora of positive effects.
CBG is particularly anti-inflammatory and helps reduce pain, typically more so than CBD. CBG also has a strong affinity for the skin and is antimicrobial. CBG absorbs through the skin and penetrates locally to facilitate these benefits to the muscle, tissue or joint where it’s being applied.
Adding a CBG infused massage oil to a single trouble area during your massage may help decrease the inflammation in the muscle, tissue or joint, while reducing pain, providing healing to the skin and creating an antimicrobial environment.
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