Investing in massage is an investment in your health. Stillpoint Therapy Center offers the following massage/bodywork services:
- Swedish (Relaxation) Massage
- Deep Tissue (Deep Muscle) Muscle
- Therapeutic Massage
- CranioSacral Therapy
- SomatoEmotional Release
- Myofascial Release
- Energy Work / Reiki
- Customized Session
Many clients are not sure which types of bodywork (also called modalities) may be most helpful for their personal situation. Either on the phone when scheduling your appointment, or during your intake, Sharon is happy to discuss your options and help you decide how to best customize your session. Any and all modalities may be combined in any session. If you choose to schedule on-line, simply choose the "Customized Session" service. (Click on "Book Your Appointment On-Line Now" link on the left of this page.) See below for Rates for all Massage/Bodywork Services.
Swedish (Relaxation) Massage
Swedish massage is a relaxation massage consisting of long, rhythmic gliding strokes, kneading, and sometimes a little bit of deep tissue massage to work out minor aches and pains. This is the basic, pampering massage people often request on vacation or for a gift certificate. Swedish massage helps to relax and balance the body. It is beneficial for many issues, including stress relief, circulation, blood pressure, digestion, and the immune system.
Deep Tissue (Deep Muscle) Massage
In a deep tissue massage, the therapist targets the client's areas of concern to release tight muscles, relieve knots, increase flexibility, loosen adhesions, and soften scar tissue. Tight muscles often contain trigger points. By pressing on the trigger points, the therapist is able to release the tight muscle. Sometimes there is some discomfort during or after a deep tissue massage. Some clients enjoy a very deep massage and say "it hurts SO good!"
Deep tissue massage DOES NOT have to be uncomfortable. Muscles can be released through very slow, gentle pressure. If the pressure is uncomfortable for the client, the client's muscles will tighten up and resist the massage. If you're receiving a deep tissue massge, it's important to give feedback to your therapist and let them know the ideal pressure for your body. Keep in mind that everyone's pain tolerance varies from day to day. What feels good during one session may be uncomfortable during another.
Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are frequently combined into an overall massage in which the therapist combines overall relaxation with deep tissue techniques.
Therapeutic massage is not a specific type of massage. Therapeutic massage includes any massage techniques that provide therapeutic benefit to the body. Therapeutic massage is helpful for issues such as pain management, recovery from injuries, stiff muscles, and restricted motion. Many clients seek therapeutic massage after completing physical therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy (also called CranialSacral Therapy or CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a very light, gentle therapy that targets improved functioning of the central nervous system. It can eliminate the negative effects of stress, strengthen resistance to disease, and enhance overall health. During a session, the client remains fully dressed and lays face up on a massage table. No massage lubricant is used. Gentle techniques release restrictions in the soft tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal column. Can be helpful for: headaches and migraines, chronic neck and back pain, tension-related disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, motor coordination impairments, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, immune disorders, neurovascular disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and scoliosis. Typically results in a very deep level of relaxation.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER)
Sometimes physical restrictions in the body are caused by long-held traumas. SomatoEmotional Release may occur during a CranioSacral Therapy session. The therapist facilitates the client's body to unwind and reposition itself to help release the old, stuck energy. For someone with serious trauma in their past, SER does not take the place of psychotherapy, but it can be a helpful adjunct. The client's inner wisdom (sometimes referred to as The Inner Physician) determines whether this type of release is appropriate during a session. An SER experience can not be guaranteed, but will frequently happen for clients seeking this sort of inner work.
Works on scar tissue and adhesions to release body restrictions. Myofascial release techniques can be very gentle and/or very deep. No or minimal massage lubricant is used. The therapist may spend several minutes with their hands on one location of the body, applying very slow, gentle pressure that gradually invokes a deep tissue change. Myofascial work is often more effective than deep tissue massage following surgeries and injuries.
Energy Work / Reiki
Reiki is a relaxing energy technique that originated in Japan. Promotes self-healing and balance to the body. Client remains fully clothed and practitioner places their hands on or slightly above the body. The client typically feels peaceful relaxation and warmth, but experiences can be varied. Many hospitals and hospices now offer Reiki. Reiki may be combined with other massage / bodywork techniques.
Sharon can also help you to sense your chakras (energy centers) and help you to sense and balance the flow of energy through your body.
In some sense, all massage and bodywork appointments are customized sessions at Stillpoint Therapy Center. After discussing your goals for the session (relaxation, pain relief, injury recovery, etc) Sharon will discuss the different offerings with you and, together, you will design a session to best meet your needs.
RATES FOR ALL BODYWORK