"Pain, no matter where experienced or what the cause, can disrupt a person’s life on a variety of levels. From time away from work to missing time with family and friends, pain is often debilitating. But massage therapists can help."
Aromatherapy massage combines two powerful and popular techniques for increased healing power, stress reduction, and pain relief. The vast array of essential oils that can be inhaled or applied topically can provide healing, soothing, and relaxing effects. You may find that aromatherapy massage provides the extra therapeutic and psychological care you need to get the most benefit from your massage session. Before your session begins, talk with your therapist about your goals for the session. Be sure to share your scent preferences as well as any allergies or sensitivities you may have. At The Ballard Wellness Clinic, we use Young Living products - 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. Our studio offers complimentary aromatherapy.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system.
Deep tissue massage is a specific type of massage therapy that concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body; and recommended by many doctors as a treatment option. By using deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage is used to treat a variety of physical ailments. Because massage increases the flow of blood through through the body, it helps reduce the inflammation that causes pain. It also helps ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Deep-tissue can help increase the body's production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings. Well-trained massage therapists work very slowly, within the client's tolerance, to stretch muscle layers without causing pain or damage. It often results in a little soreness afterwards, but you should feel better, not worse, after your massage.
Hot Stone Massage
The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body and also holds the warm stones while giving the massage. The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well). The warmth of the stones can be relaxing and can loosen tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly. The recommended time for a hot stone massage is at least 90 Minutes. Our studio can also incorporate the use of the "Heat-Wave" and "Divine" Synergy stones. Synergy Stone is a family owned and operated company, hand-crafting contoured hot stone massage tools locally, in Seattle, WA. You can incorporate these stones to "Synergize" any style of massage. Hot stone sessions are available at an additional charge and must be booked in advance.
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Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique that claims to release adhered fascia and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions, cross fiber friction or by skin rolling. Myofascial therapy can also enhance or assist other treatments to increase their effectiveness such as acupuncture, manipulation, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother's needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief. Massage therapists who have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage know how to position and support the woman's body during the massage, modify techniques, and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy. Please indicate which trimester you are in, at the time of booking.
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Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from athletic or sports events. Even if you aren't an athlete, sports massage may help muscle pain or restricted range of motion. The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body's soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups depending on which sport the athlete plays. This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility. The therapist may also include compression, pressure point therapy, friction, and joint mobilization.
The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. Clinical studies report that Swedish Massage can effectively reduce low back pain and the effectiveness can last for as long as 15 weeks. One study reported that Swedish Massage caused reduction in salivary cortisol indicating its role in management of stress and improvement in mood. Swedish massage is sometimes considered to be more soothing than therapeutic, but research by the Touch Therapy Institute in Florida shows that Swedish or classic massage has many therapeutic benefits.
Recognized as an ancient healing art from the East, a Traditional Thai massage session is performed on a large futon-like mat placed on the floor. Modern adaptations of Thai massage are performed on a massage table. Thai massage combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines and assisted yoga postures. During a Thai massage, you remain fully clothed. While most clothing types are adaptable, it is ideal to wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing that allows freedom of movement. During a Thai massage, the therapist uses her/his hands, feet, knees, elbows. When deeper pressure is appropriate for the recipient, the therapist can walk on your back. The benefits of Thai Massage are many, including: relief of physical and emotional tension, increased range of motion, improved energy and relaxation, decompressed joints, better sleep, more flexibility, assisted recovery from injury/illness, release of blocked energy, greater awareness of body/mind/spirit, and the list goes on. Please let the staff know if you have a preference of Thai massage performed on a mat or table, at the time of booking. Thai sessions are available at an additional charge and must be booked in advance.