Benefits of Massage

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

SWEDISH

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

The primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. Long flowing strokes are directed from the limbs towards the heart to ensure total body relaxation. This massage modality uses lighter pressure and is great for first-time clients.

USES:

  • Relaxation
  • Aid sleep
  • Mental clarity
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DEEP TISSUE

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

The primary goal of Deep Tissue massage is to relieve muscle tension throughout the body. Communication is important before and during a deep tissue session. Focused pressure is deeply applied to client’s problem areas.

USES:

  • Pain relief
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
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PRENATAL

30 MINUTES, 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). Prenatal Massage is for women in their second or third trimester and requires a doctor’s note of approval.

USES:

  • Improve comfort
  • Balance hormones
  • Aid sleep
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HOT STONE

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

Heated stones are used as an extension of the hand and applied to the skin to stimulate physical and mental relaxation. Heat from the stone encourages circulation and sedates the nervous system, resulting in pain reduction and deep relaxation. Hot stone is also known to boost the immune system by encouraging lymphatic flow.

USES:

  • Health and well-being
  • Pain relief
  • Deep relaxation
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KINESIO TAPE

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 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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INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 MINUTES

A tool is 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 facilities, shin splints, and unwanted scarring.

USES:

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

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 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.

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 ISOLATED STRETCHING

30 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, 90 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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