All complementary modalities can be incorporated into your existing massage appointment at no extra charge. If you are curious about any of the listed modalities, please make a note in your intake form or mention it to your therapist prior to the start of your appointment.
1. Cupping: An oriental practice dating back to 300 AD, cupping is a technique that uses plastic, glass or silicon cups as suction devices. These cups are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy, or other humors to the surface. Cupping has been shown to help increase blood flow, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and decrease stress within the body.
2. Gua-sha: Gua-sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha. Gua-sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi. Gusha helps to reduce inflammation and promote healing to specific areas of the body.
3. Ayuverdic Scalp Massage: This traditional massage uses specially blended herbal oils to soothe the nerves and support the health and well-being of the senses. This subtle blend of oils is used to massage the head, neck, and shoulders. This is a wonderful way to end a treatment or can be used for a longer duration during your appointment to encourage scalp wellness, enhance relaxation and promote hair growth.
4. Hot Stone: The implementation of hot stones is a form of alternative medicine. This practice involves placing heated stones on the body for the purpose of pain relief, relaxation and therapy. Hot Stone massage is a lovely and grounding addition to any massage appointment.
5. K-Taping: Kinesiology tape is constructed of fine, breathable, stretchable material, usually cotton or a cotton blend. Its elasticity does not overly restrict the area of application and it is designed to provide just enough pressure and support to facilitate strength in the muscles and tissues. This tape can be applied toward the end of an appointment and is designed to improve circulation, support muscles, allow the internal injury to heal and help prevent further muscle injury while still allowing motion.