Benefits of Massage

pain relief · muscle recovery · mobility · stress · quality sleep · circulation · tension · fatigue ·
headaches · anxiety · calm nervous system · muscle spasms · relaxation

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

The primary goal of Therapeutic Massage is to provide recovery, chronic pain relief, and relaxation. This approach includes aspects of several modalities, including Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue/Myofascial Release, Assisted Stretching, Hot Stones, and Cupping. This is a great choice for first time massage recipients, as the entire session is customized to the body’s needs and we can shift direction during the session if necessary.

USES:

  • Relaxation/Aid sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Stiffness
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PREGNANCY MASSAGE

60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

Expectant mothers are massaged to reduce back and joint pain, decrease stress and anxiety, and improve restful sleep. Studies from the Touch Research Institute suggest that expectant mothers who get weekly massages have lower levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) and higher levels of the feel-good hormones (serotonin and dopamine). Pregnancy Massage includes side-lying positioning. “High risk” patients require a doctor’s note of approval.

USES:

  • Improve comfort
  • Balance hormones
  • Aid sleep
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KINESIO TAPE

30 MINUTES

Simplified, Kinesio Tape is a used to speed healing and recovery, prevent muscle spasms or cramps, and reinforce proper structural alignment. The tape lifts and lightly pulls superficial tissues into ideal position which allows nourishing blood to flow freely and replenish deep tissues. The benefit of Kinesio Tape is external and internal.
Kinesio tape does not contain latex and will not limit range of motion.

USES:

  • Injury prevention
  • Improve strength and posture
  • Pain relief
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ENHANCED BODYWORK:
Stretch, Floss, Scrape, Cup, Tape

60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

A combination of mobility and stretch techniques. Several tools are used to treat muscular restrictions. The hand-held tools allow the therapeutic specialist to treat a problem area with appropriate and focused pressure. This is a great specialty massage for people with plantar faciitis, shin splints, and unwanted scarring. This is a fully clothed session.

USES:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pain relief
  • Relief of chronic tension
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REFLEXOLOGY

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES

Every point on your foot, hand, head and face corresponds to an internal system of your body. At Merritt we offer Reflexology on the feet and hands. This is a fully clothed session.

USES:

  • Headaches
  • Mental clarity
  • Health and well-being
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SPORTS

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

Athletes of every style use sports massage to prepare for optimal performance, function smoothly during training, or recover after intense activity. Sports massage is great for increasing mobility while reducing pain and the likelihood of sports-related injuries. Be proactive and nurture your muscles before injury, or aid recovery and improve posture, flexibility, and strength.

USES:

  • Injury prevention
  • Pain relief
  • Improve strength and posture
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ACTIVE AND ASSISTED ISOLATED STRETCHING

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a technique that is used in conjunction with Swedish or deep tissue massage to increase elasticity in muscles, joints, and fascia. AIS is great for elongating tissues and releasing major muscle groups while providing functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep tissue layers.

USES:

  • Improve flexibility
  • Injury prevention
  • Pain relief
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REIKI

60 MINUTES

Reiki uses a technique commonly called palm or hands on healing. Through the use of this technique, practitioners transfer universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of Qi through the palms, which is believed to allow for self-healing and a state of equilibrium. This is a fully clothed session.

USES:

  • Headaches
  • Mental clarity
  • Health and well-being
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