Thai Yoga Massage:
Sometimes called “the lazy man’s yoga”, this is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. These certified techniques derive from Buddhist medicine and involve manual manipulation of the body to influence and balance the relationship of the four body elements (earth, water, wind, fire).
Also called nuad bo rarn, Thai massage has been taught and practiced in Thailand for approximately twenty-five hundred years. Although the origins are somewhat vague, credit for Thai massage is given to a famous Indian doctor, Shivago Komarpaj, who was the personal physician of the Buddha and Magadha king. Historically, manipulation was one of four major branches composing traditional Thai ceremonies or magical practices. This is based on the theory the body is made up of seventy-two thousand sen, or energy lines, of which ten hold top priority. Thai massage also involves peripheral stimulating, meaning it acts as an external stimulant to produce specific internal effects. This point serves as the main division between Thai and Western massage. Thai massage is practiced on a firm mat on the floor instead of on a table, instrumental in the effective use of the practitioner’s body weight. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed, so draping is not necessary.
105 mins, $185
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves stimulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function.
This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.
50 mins, $85 / 80 mins, $125
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life-force.” It is the Japanese word for the energy that is in all living things and all around us. Reiki therapy is a powerful, but gentle, form of energy medicine. It is a hands-on, spiritually-guided healing art believed to have originated many thousands of years ago and rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800s following his study of ancient Tibetan texts.
This therapy energetically aids the body in balancing its vital energy, removing energetic blocks, detoxifying systems and encouraging renewed vitality. Through this energetic balancing, it promotes an increase in the body’s ability to heal itself by helping to create an environment where the body’s innate healing wisdom is supported in a deeply relaxed state. Just as our body is able to heal better and rejuvenate while we are sleeping.
30 mins, $45 / 60 mins, $75
Raindrop Therapy or AromaTouch:
These two treatments use a proprietary combination of essential oils to treat the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, supporting the body to come back into harmony by opening energy flow throughout the body.
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Benefits include a reduction of stress, anxiety, and negative emotions, detoxification, enhanced immune system, and increased feelings of joy and happiness. Raindrop also provides relief from the symptoms of autoimmune and chronic conditions such as Lyme Disease.
50 mins, $125
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy:
“The deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet.” Supported by ceiling bars, your therapist uses smooth bare feet to knead and stretch your muscles & elongate the spine.
This barefoot massage technique uses deep compression effleurage strokes that glide over the body. The resulting movement helps relieve pain resulting from chronic soft-tissue damage. Correct application will provide deep relaxation while stretching chronic shortened muscles of the body. Bars are used above the head for leverage, and lubricant is essential for its application. [This therapy was developed by massage therapist Ruthie Piper Hardee in 1995 as a result of her own scoliosis and disk pain associated with bending over the table to deliver deep-tissue massage.]
Correct application of two-footed strokes near the spine creates a “push, pull, pumping” effect on the intervertebral disc space and can relieve irritation on the spinal nerve. No anxiety should result from this application, and client range of comfort is maintained at all times.
80 mins, $155
Vita Flex Foot Treatment:
Vita-Flex is a safe, non-invasive, pressure-point reflexive massage technique. It uses rolling and releasing motions to activate reflex points on the feet, hands, and various areas throughout the entire body. It is particularity effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body.
Derived from the words, “vitality” and “reflex,” it means “vitality through the reflexes.” The principal behind Vita-Flex is to allow the body to balance itself by redirecting its vital energy. It is based on a complete system of the internal workings of the body and the electrical circuitry inherent to the body.
It is a tremendous tool that assists the body in healing itself, and is particularity effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body.
30 mins, $65