Basic Massage & Bodywork

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Swedish Massage (Relaxation)

Swedish massage is what most people think of when they think about massage.  Relaxing and calming with long, flowing strokes.  Pressure can be adjusted from a feather-like touch to a very heavy pressure.  Best for tension and stress relief needs.

Chair Massage

 This popular technique is done fully clothed on a specially designed chair.  
Most sessions are 5-30 minutes  and allows the therapist to focus on back, neck, shoulders and arms. 

Deep Tissue (More Therapeutic)

Deep tissue accesses the deeper layers of muscle inf the body to relax and soothe them.  Many people confuse deep tissue with deep pressure.  Although deep tissue can be done with heavy pressure, most people actually benefit more from a softer, lighter pressure so the muscles relax and allow the therapist to access those deeper muscles rather than applying lots of pressure and forcing the way through.

Prenatal Massage

 A gentler technique which can include any of  the above techniques to help ease tension and pain associated with  pregnancy.  Can be done lying on the side for comfort using pillows for  support as needed.

Sports massage

Usually a heavier handed massage comprised  mostly of compression to loosen tight muscles and restore balance,  to improve range of motion, speed recovery and improve performance.  Can be  done clothed or disrobed.

Specialized Techniques

Trigger Point Therapy

 Trigger Points are very tender points in the muscle that refer  pain elsewhere.  This technique uses sustained pressure on "knots" to  relieve referred pain.  Therapist will ask for feedback and  participation with either movement or breathing  techniques to aid in  both pain reduction and release of the point. 

Manual Lymphatic Drain (MLD)

 MLD is a gentle technique with little to no oil used.  Lymph nodes  in the neck, groin and abdomen are gently compressed to "wake" and  clear them for handling the lymph flow.  Working towards the heart and  the lymph nodes, long smooth strokes are used with very little pressure.   The main goal  is to move fluids for elimination of edema, swelling  and pressure from these excess fluids.  Excellent for general swelling  due to injury or surgery. 

Myofascial Release (MFR)

 Special therapy to help restore connective fascial tissue to a  liquid, flowing state.  Little to no oil is used.  Gentle stretching and  twisting of tissue to break up adhesions and restore flexibility and  return the fascia to it's natural liquid state. 

Handle With Care Burn Scar Massage

 Specialized  massage for Burn Survivors.  Pure coconut oil or your favorite  moisturizing lotion can be used.  Extra special care for grafts, harvest  sites and burn scars.  Compression and thumb friction on burn sites  with classic Swedish  or Deep Tissue on non-burn sites.  Hydration is  the primary concern along with softening tissue for improved mobility  and pain reduction.

Therapist will also alert you to any areas where tears or puckering are to help keep your tissue in the best condition possible.

Several of our therapists are specially trained and are members of the Handle With Care Burn Scar Massage Therapy Team.

Autism Spectrum Therapy

Most  people on the Autism Spectrum suffer from aversion to being touched,  communication issues and elevated stress and tension levels.  Routine  and a very structured schedule help these amazing people to function in  normal life.  As they age they become less touch sensitive through  repeated efforts from parents, family and therapists.

We offer special package pricing for families who are part of ARSC of  Genesee County.  Sessions are weekly or bi-weekly and last 30 minutes.   Massage or CranioSacral are the preferred techniques.  If your  child/young adult is touch aversive, we recommend starting with  CranioSacral and gradually shift to massage as progress is made.

structural realignment

Just like it sounds...Structural Realignment helps to align the skeletal and muscular system to improve posture, range of motion, ease chronic pain and generally improve the overall quality of life.