At Hills, we know how important it is for our patients to connect with their mind, brain, and body in addressing their current symptoms. That is why we offer six different types of massage to help you improve your mental and physical health. If you are needing a massage that can help you to relax and connect with your body, Swedish Massage is a great fit. For those of you looking to balance and strengthen your emotional network, nervous system, and immune system , Craniosacral Therapy may be the approach for you. If you want to increase range of motion, release tension, and target a specific muscle group, Tui Na massage helps you improve how energy flows through your body and restore flexibility. If you struggle with chronic pain, poor posture, or tense muscles, Deep Tissue helps to relax those muscles, and Trigger point therapy helps to reduce pain in specific locations. Finally, Thai massage is a great fit for you if you are looking for a combination of acupressure, stretching, and massage. All our massages can improve your mood, relaxation, and sleep quality.
The therapist uses long, soft, needing strokes creating a rhythmic flow. Tapping and other forms of manipulation on the top layer of the muscles are used to create movement in the joints, relieve tension in the muscles, create blood flow and provide relaxation. This type of massage helps you to restore balance and health within your mind and body. This massage is effective for achieving stress relief, healthy immune functioning, pain reduction, and a connection to your body, providing safety and healing.
The therapist uses a gentle hands-on technique that incorporates light pressure to scan the fluid’s membranes and movements within and surrounding the central nervous system. By relieving you of this tension in the central nervous system, we can help you achieve pain relief, strengthen your immune system, and improve your overall health.
This type of massage is a form of Chinese medicine that incorporates massaging points along the meridian channels to release blocked energy in the meridian channels and muscles. By massaging these points, we help you to achieve pain relief, increase mobility, and improve optimal functioning.
Trigger points are sensitive spots that refer pain, when pressed, to other areas of the body. They are formed by swollen nodules in the muscles and activate pain receptors. The therapist releases or loosens these trigger points by applying a gradual increase of pressure. This type of massage helps improve chronic pain, flexibility, and range of motion while decreasing chronic stress.
This type of massage includes slow, deep, purposeful strokes targeting specific sore spots in the inner layers of the muscles and connective tissue. We may focus on slow, deep, manual pressure and stretching to loosen up restricted movement, and indirectly reduce the pain symptoms. This type of massage is known to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, break up scar tissue, increase movement, and decrease pain symptoms. It can also help to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and increase relaxation.
The therapist uses their body to move you into different positions with compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and implementation of acupressure. This type of massage helps to improve mobility, flexibility, digestion, stress management, chronic pain, sleep, mood, and your ability to relax.
Research has found that massage therapy can have stress-alleviating effects. For example, there were decreases in cortisol (stress-related hormone) and an increase in serotonin (plays a role in regulation of emotions, sleep, and appetite) and dopamine (the “feel good” neurotransmitter).
Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (2005). Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. International Journal of neuroscience, 115(10), 1397-1413.
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