Therapeutic Body work
Eric’s style of bodywork is an artfully blended hybrid of the below techniques and modalities. He combines his knowledge and experience in acupuncture, massage, yoga, thai massage, energy healing, and exercise science to create an experience tailored to your individual needs. Where else can you get a massage that incorporates meridian therapy, injury healing, energy work, aromatherapy, deep skillfully blended stretches and a blissful flowing massage all in one session? Decide what combination works for you.
Benefits of Massage include:
- Relaxes the body, mind and spirit
- Releases endorphins which help to lessen pain and improve the mood
- Improves circulation and assists lymph drainage
- Enhances digestion and elimination
- Restores musculo-skeletal integrity and balance
- Promotes joint health
- Improves range of motion
Swedish Massage, also known as "classic massage" is made up of essentially five types of strokes or movements. These include effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration, and friction. Effleurage is a sliding and gliding motion over the skin. It begins to move lymph and prepares the body for deeper work. Petrissage is a bit deeper using kneading, rolling, squeezing and wringing movements.Tapotement is rapid rhythmic tapping performed in an alternating fashion. It tonifies muscle and breaks up congestion. Vibrations are fine vibratory movements that gently shake the tissue helping to further release tissue. Friction is movement that affects the tissue under the skin by going across the fibers or in a circular motion. It assists in breaking up adhesions in the muscle and scar tissue.
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique that developed in Tibet before the use of Acupuncture. The practitioner uses the body’s complex meridian system (energetic highways), to stimulate the proper flow of Qi (energy, blood, lymph, fluids etc…) The focus of this work is on balancing the body by moving Qi in places of excess/stagnation, and drawing Qi to enliven areas of deficiency. This is done by applying pressure to a series of acupoints, motor points, and trigger points that lie throughout a person’s bodily matrix. Acupressure is done without needles using fingers, hands, elbows, or tools and it can be done as a stand-alone treatment, or as part of a traditional massage session.
Thai Massage is a form of bodywork that originated in Thailand. Sometimes coined, "lazy mans yoga", thai massage has elements of traditional western massage, yoga, and stretching. Thai massage is performed on a fully dressed client on a cushioned mat on the floor. Thai massage provides many of the same benefits of traditional table massage, but provides a deeper stretch and focuses on increasing range of motion while compressing and kneading the muscles. Clients can be worked on prone (lying on stomach), supine (lying on back), side-lying (lying on either side), as well as in a seated position. The therapist will be alternately providing massage strokes, employing stretching techniques, and guiding the client through yoga postures. To feel is to believe!
Sports Massage can enhance the performance/decrease the recovery time for both athletes and non-athletes alike. It can be performed both pre-event and post event. Benefits of sports massage are similar to those of traditional western or Swedish Massage, but also can specifically: optimize positive performance factors, minimize negative performance factors, decrease potential injury, and support soft tissue healing.
As the name implies, Deep Tissue Massage is a variety of massage that works deeply within the muscle tissues to lengthen and broaden fibers, break up old scar tissue, and increase the general muscle health. Although this type of massage can be more intense, it can be very effective and may be just what you need. Discuss your reasons for coming in for a massage, any injuries you may be working with, and any concerns/expectations prior to the session to see if this type of massage could be a match for you.
Reiki is not massage, but rather an energy-based therapy that requires the practitioner to lay their hands on or just above the physical body. You receive Reiki fully clothed and can be seated or on a table depending on your physical condition. Usui style Reiki is a beautiful form of energy work that assists the client in removing energy blockages throughout their body, which then allows the Qi (or life force energy) to flow more freely. Reiki is an amazing way to help you live more clearly, feel more balanced, improve your health, and enhance your quality of life. Reiki and energy work can be done on it’s own or as part of a full body massage. For a more information about Reiki, visit www.reiki.org.