Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning. Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Types of Massage we are offer
Besides standard Massages like Swedish, Deep Tissue, Relaxation etc. Our Massage Therapist Naythan Thorpe offers some unique and deeply beneficial modalities.
Ayurvedic Body Therapies
WHAT IS AYURVEDA? Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, is the ancient system of medicine that originated in India over five thousand years ago. The literal translation of Ayurveda is “the knowledge of life”, which means that this ancient science provides a practical and logical approach to living in harmony with elements of nature. Ayurveda is rapidly gaining in popularity as Westerners become more interested in the body/mind/spirit connection. According to Ayurvedic principles, there are five “elements”. These elements refer to the various states of energy, found in everything, which are:
- Earth (solid)
- Water (fluid)
- Fire (transformation)
- Air (gases)
- Ether (space)
The Doshas: These five elements further combine in specific ways within our bodies to act as three psycho-biological humors or functional principles that are referred to as doshas, namely:
- Vata (ether/ air)
- Pitta (fire/ water)
- Kapha (earth/ water)
In each person these doshas will combine in a unique way to manifest as their psycho-physical constitution. Improper diet, poor lifestyle habits and other factors can cause the doshas to become unbalanced and create disorders. One of the major goals of Ayurveda is to understand the nature of the three doshas and maintain their harmonious interactions in order to restore or maintain the health of individual. Every person is a unique combination of all three doshas, however, each person will have a tendency to one or two predominant doshas. What is Ayurvedic Bodywork? Ayurveda uses many lifestyle management techniques to harmonize the doshas including various forms of ayurvedic massage. Most clients who have experienced a Swedish massage or other form of “western” massage therapy will notice a significant difference in the amount of oil used in ayurvedic massage (abhyanga). This is due to the fact that the oils in addition to dosha-balancing, integrative massage techniques play an important role in the healing and balancing process. In addition to the use of therapeutic oils, Marma therapy is used during most ayurvedic bodywork sessions. Marmas are special energy centers on the body. Gentle massage of these marma points can influence the functioning of the doshas and assist in restoring balance.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) The medical approach is to drug patients so they temporarily are free from pain, but does nothing about the “straight-jacket” of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the “straightjacket” of the Myofascial system, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms. This is why so many patients only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Only Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted Myofascial system (the straightjacket) that causes the symptoms. Patients are sent to us from around the world for Myofascial Release when medicine, surgery or traditional therapy or massage did not produce the desired results. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire Myofascial complex for lasting and comprehensive results and authentic healing. Our Goal is to Help you Return to a Pain Free, Active Lifestyle!