Massage Modalities offered by Maria

Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage

This modality typically uses different parts of  the therapist’s feet to offer large compression, tension and shear forces. It is ideal for large muscles, such as in thigh, or for long-duration upper trapezius compressions  It is deep tissue work using Swedish techniques.

Craniosacral Therapy

A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral rhythm. The therapist gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and  fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use this to help reduce stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

What’s New?

Maria now offers several different modalities of massage therapy, including:

  • Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Cupping Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Swedish Massage
  • Thai Table Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Warm Bamboo Massage


Cupping Massage

Cupping massage involves placing cups containing reduced air pressure (suction) on the skin. The therapy is used to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.  Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, but more aggressive treatments can result in deeper bruising. In general, the longer a cup is left on, the more of a circular mark is created.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.

ETPS Microcurrent Pain Relief Therapy

ETPS (Electo Therapeutic Point Stimulation) Therapy combines the principles behind neurology, sacral balancing, acupuncture, scar release therapy, and microcurrent stimulation all into one.  Concentrated micro-stimulation is applied with a non-invasive device to get to the root causes of chronic soft tissue pain and restrictions more quickly. Receiving this before a massage, chiropractic adjustment or acupuncture actually enhances those treatment methods even further.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in individuals with poor circulation.

Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage is performed on a floor Thai mat. It combines both Northern and Southern Style Thai Massage techniques that include moving energy in ones body using the body’s sen lines and assisted yoga stretching & traction with the therapist’s hands, feet, knees, etc. A variety of techniques are used to massage the muscles as well as perform trigger point therapy, including thumb & elbow rolls, palming, percussion strokes and compression holds.

Thai Table Massage

Table Thai massage is an abbreviated version of Thai Massage on the Thai Mat. It involves a combination of assisted stretching of one’s body into yoga positions and an integration of other massage modalities.

Trigger Point Therapy

This involves deactivating trigger points (hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fiber) that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body.  Manual pressure is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.

Warm Bamboo Massage

A warm bamboo massage is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated bamboo sticks on the body. The heat of the bamboo sticks causes muscles and nerves to relax, thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary.

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