Creating space for the uniqueness of each person’s physical concerns.

The healing process calls for a listening ear and an attentive therapist. We work with each client to design a custom treatment experience. At no time will a session focus on a single technique; rather, many treatment modalities are incorporated into each massage. Our work is founded on Manual Therapy, a vocabulary of techniques that relieve pain and tension and restore mobility to the body. Read more below, or ask our seasoned staff for more information.

Gua sha

Gua sha is a tool to encourage blood flow in the area of discomfort, which may be stagnant. During gua sha, the therapist uses a smooth-edged instrument to apply strokes to the area of pain, or on the back parallel to the spine. After receiving gua sha, you may observe redness or bruising on the treated area, but the increase of blood flow actually stimulates pain relief systems in the body.

Since it is a traditional method, some may view gua sha as “folk medicine,” but the scientific research community begs to differ. Alongside research from institutions such as Harvard and Beth Israel Medical Center, a study published in a 2011 edition of Pain Medicine demonstrated that gua sha significantly decreased discomfort for chronic neck pain sufferers. Gua sha’s healing effects have even been linked to liver health.

Myofascial Trigger Point Release

Myofascial trigger points are hypersensitive areas where muscle or soft tissue are constantly contracting. The pain they cause is not solely localized, but can also extend to other parts of the body. Symptoms of trigger points – which can be caused by injury, disease, or even participation in sports – include tingling, burning, weakness, and restricted motion.

These trigger points are surprisingly common as the culprit in pain concerns: studies show that up to 93 percent of all pain patients seeking medical intervention presented with myofascial trigger points. If untreated, more trigger points can develop, which can ultimately lead to Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Trigger point release therapy is a solution. The therapy combines compression to the affected area, active and passive stretches, and damp heat to combat contraction. As a result, most patients see a decrease in pain and increase in mobility shortly after beginning therapy.

Frictional Mobilization

After an injury, fibrous scar tissue can develop as part of the body’s healing process. Despite having an important role, scarring and fascial adhesions – which “glue” structures in the body together – ultimately cause discomfort and impede movement. FM breaks down scar tissue to heal the injury in a more functional way, also utilizing muscle lengthening procedures. When FM is incorporated in a healing plan, the injury can recover with a greater percentage of normal tissue, and scar tissue lays down in the same direction as normal tissue fibers for greater flexibility. FM is valuable in treating muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries in both acute and chronic conditions.

Myoskeletal Therapy

Myoskeletal therapy operates from an integrative philosophy: what impacts one system of the body will impact another, due to their interconnection. In this case, the two systems addressed are the body’s myofascial – or muscular – and skeletal networks. This therapy manages pain through muscle manipulation, and, among other ailments, relieves neurological pain and scoliosis.