Services offered at Healing Tree

Holistic Massage:

Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and nurturing process of touch and response, with each treatment adapted to the client’s unique needs, physical characteristics and personality. It is a person centered treatment guided by principles of sensitivity, awareness and quality of touch. It may include any of following techniques.

Swedish massage:

The most common type of relaxation massage. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions. It is usually slow and gentle, but can be vigorous and stimulating, depending on what the therapist and client want to achieve.

Sports Massage:

Sports massage involves a group of massage techniques specifically designed to aid in athletic performance. It uses Swedish massage, cross-fiber friction massage, deep-compression massage, stretching techniques and trigger-point therapy. Sports massage is used during training, before or after events, to enhance performance, or promote healing post-injury.

Deep Tissue:

A type of massage which reaches structures that are beneath the superficial fascia and layers of muscle to attempt to relieve chronic muscle problems or injuries. Deep tissue is not just adding more pressure during the massage. Deep tissue massage is more time consuming than Swedish massage. First the superficial muscles and connective tissues are warmed and softened to allow access to the deeper tissues. Then the therapist uses slow moving firm pressure strokes to strip (lengthen) or broaden the muscle fibres of a specific muscle. Typically deep tissue techniques are not performed on the whole body but to  specific muscles that are in a chronic state of contraction or muscles that have become locked long or locked short. Many people get a deep tissue massage to help relieve chronic aches and pain. Deep tissue massage is indicated for minimizing lower back pain, releasing tension in a stiff neck, sore shoulders, upper back, or loosening tight muscles in the arms and legs. 

Myofascial trigger point therapy (neuromuscular therapy):

This massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is applied with the fingers, knuckles, and/or elbow in ten to thirty second intervals to effectively alleviate the muscle spasm. Neuromuscular therapy works by relaxing the muscle in order to release stored lactic acid and encourage blood and oxygen circulation to the muscle to avoid the production of more lactic acid. The therapeutic pressure and massage may produce initial soreness and "good pain" in muscle tissue.

Hot Stone Massage:

This is a massage technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage sore or tight muscles. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils. Basalt rocks are generally used because of their heat retention properties, and are usually heated to around 125-130 degrees using hot water. The smooth, rounded stones are then used to massage the body to open up energy channels and promote circulation.

The technique arose among many different cultures. Ancient healers in India reportedly discovered its benefits over 5000 years ago, incorporating hot stone massage techniques into Aryuvedic medicine, which is still practiced today. Asian cultures used hot stones in Anma massage, dating back 4000 years, to strengthen energy flow within the organs. Native Americans used ritual hot stone massage in sweat lodges to help purify both the body and the mind. Hawaiian islanders developed Lomi Lomi massage using lava rocks, which was practiced by Kahuna medicine men. Even the Bible mentions stones used in massage in conjunction with olive oil. These ancient traditions have all contributed to the hot stone massage practices of today.

Acupressure:

Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.

Some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension headaches, stomach ache, among other acute or chronic discomforts.

Energy Work:

Energy work is bodywork that is focused on addressing the body's energy field and energy centers.  Eastern medicine teaches that many physical illnesses or symptoms actually show up in our energy field or as a block in one of our energy centers before physical signs show up. Energy work is a gentle, hands on technique for reducing stress, relieving pain, and facilitating personal growth and the body’s own healing.  It enhances and balances the client’s energy level and immune system by tapping into universal life-force energy.  It can be combined with massage.

Myofascial release:

Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medical therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue

Cupping Therapy:

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. Through suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes or moved across areas of tissue. It is used to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling. It can provide an especially pleasant experience. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD.

Aromatherapy Massage:

An aromatherapy massage consist of massaging the body, the face, and scalp with a preparation of fragrant essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and fruits. Essential oils can also be diffused into the air for the client to inhale. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxation. Essential oils are blended into a carrier oil that is then used during the massage. The massage may be a full body massage, taking in the back, chest, arms, legs, head and stomach, or a simple back or facial massage. An aromatherapy massage is gentle, but firm. It often begins with the back, buttocks and legs then the front of the body, the face and can include the scalp.

During aromatherapy massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface increasing circulation and encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body, speeding up recovery time from fatigued muscles due to over exercising, illness or injury.

As the circulation increases, the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried round the body, allowing their healing effects to permeate to all the major body organs.

The effects of an aromatherapy massage can last up to 48 hours, depending on the oils used. The skin may feel slightly oily, but the overall effect is one of deep calm and relaxation. Studies suggest that aromatherapy combined with massage is effective in treatment of depression and anxiety especially in patients recovering from cancer treatment, PTSD or substance abuse.