MASSAGE & BODYWORK
Download Wellness offers a myriad of services, including the following massages:
Swedish Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. It’s the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy massage, and is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage systems. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she is trying to achieve.
Deep Tissue ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or “knots” (also known as “adhesions”).
Sports Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage, and maintenance massage.
Prenatal Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
Thai Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply.
Shiatsu Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on ideas in traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu derives from a Japanese massage modality called anma which was itself adapted from tui na. Tui-na is a Chinese bodywork system that arrived in Japan by at least the Nara period (710–793). Tokujiro Namikoshi founded a shiatsu college in the 1940's, and is often credited with inventing modern shiatsu.
Lymphatic Drainage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - A type of contemporary Western massage, developed in France in the 1930's by Danish physical therapist Dr. E Vodder, consisting of various manipulations intended to stimulate the lymphatic drainage of various organs and tissues. Manual lymphatic drainage aims to eliminate bacteria, toxins, viruses, wastes and excess water, and addresses blocks in lymphatic circulation, which may cause congestion and peripheral oedema. Four basic techniques are employed: stationary circles, pumping, rotation and scooping, which are followed by stroking the tissues toward the sites of the normal lymphatic drainage. Manual lymphatic drainage has been used for various conditions, including acne, arthritis, oedema, inflammation and sinusitis.
Myofascial Release Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and re-balance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Tui-Na Massage ($120 for 60 minutes, $139 for 75 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes) - Tui-Na (Tway-nah) is the manual branch of Chinese Medicine akin to Acupuncture. Tui-Na has influenced all forms of massage and manual therapies worldwide for the last 5,000 years. It is the Ancestor of all manual therapies. The word “Tui-Na” means to stroke (Tui) and knead (Na) with emphasis in musculoskeletal and myofascial abnormalities. Because Tui-Na is so effective, it has integrated within western medical modalities like Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Osteopathy, Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and Sports Rehabilitation. In modern China, many hospitals include Tui-Na as a standard aspect of treatment. This modality is completely clothed and can be done anywhere. In addition to the manual techniques and procedures used in western therapies, Tui-Na uses the theories and principles of Chinese medicinal acupoints on facial ‘meridian’ trains, in addition to Western anatomy, physiology, structural pathology, and kinesiology. Tui-Na has evolved and developed for 5,000 years and still produces individualized results which you can benefit from each session.
Tui-Na shows promise in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, according to a study published in Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion in 2010. For the study, 90 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome were split into three groups: one group underwent tuina, one group practiced tai chi, and one group received Fluoxetine (an antidepressant medication sometimes used in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome). After a month, members of the Tui-Na group showed the greatest improvements in free radical metabolism. The study’s authors note that this effect may reduce fatigue and, in turn, help treat chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chair Massage ($90 for 60 minutes with a minimum of 2 hours) - Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.