Modalities offered by Elementals Massage
Elementals Massage offers Restorative Massage, a unique blend of any or all of the modalities outlined below.
Each session is customized for you, based on your therapist’s intuition, the response of your tissue and, of course your preferences.
Our goal is to make every session exactly what you need so you can feel restored and balanced
Sacro Wedgy ®
The Sacro Wedgy® is a device that isolates and elevates the sacrum (your tail-bone) and uses gravity help relax, aligned and re-balance the body from the hips out. What we have learned is that we’re basically creatures of balance—chemical, emotional and physical. All we’re doing is offering a tool and a system to use to help achieve better muscle balance. It’s amazing what goes away when we’re “balanced” and “relaxed.”
There is a triangular shaped muscle called the piriformis. The wide end of the triangle attaches to the front of the sacrum and the narrow end attaches to the hip. This muscle is also thought to be the beginning of a series of misalignments or what we call a “snowball” effect. The sciatic nerve is also involved with this muscle so you can understand how this has helped so many with sciatica. As gravity takes over and the hips relax, the piriformis has a chance to stretch a little, and relieve some of the sciatic symptoms. For some people, this is going to hurt like the devil so they have to relax even more. This is where the therapist protocol can help.
For more information on this product, please go to their website: www.sacrowedgy.com.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it’s your first time receiving massage or you don’t get massage very often, Swedish massage is the perfect massage for you.
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she wants to achieve.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridians” or sen lines in Asian massage systems. Most people get a 60-minute massage, but 90-minutes gives the therapist more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve results.
What Happens During A Swedish Massage
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. If you are ill you will not be able to get a massage until you are well once again. The massage can increase the severity of your symptoms. It can also put your therapist at a significant risk of infection
After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet — and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.
The Nudity Factor
During a Swedish massage you we generally be disrobed to your comfort level under a sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body she is working on, a technique called draping. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on, and many newcomers do.
You usually start by laying face up. The therapist generally starts by works your scalp, neck and shoulders, using various massage strokes that include effleurage, kneading, friction, stretching and tapping.
When she’s finished with this area she will massage your arms and the front of your legs. When done with the back side, she holds the sheet up and looks away while you turn over onto your stomach and scoot up; then she quickly covers you again. The therapist then massages the back of each leg, hips ,back and generally finishes with your feet..
Some therapists work in a different order, and all have their own style and techniques. If you only have 60 minutes, you can also ask them to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension.
Why It’s Called Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839)at the University of Stockholm.
In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.
Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.
Firm Pressure/Deep Tissue Massage
What is deep tissue massage and how does it differ from deep/firm pressure massage
A deep or firm pressure massage is simply a Swedish massage using more aggressive pressure. This technique can still be applied as a full body treatment.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue targets specific issues or areas.
It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue can utilize firm pressure, but not necessarily. In fact such modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy use as little as 5 grams of pressure to effect tissue as deep as the dural tube surrounding the spinal cord. Deep tissue massage is rarely used as a full body treatment.
How does deep tissue massage work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Will deep tissue massage hurt?
At certain points during the massage, some people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
There can be some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
What conditions is deep tissue massage used for?
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension or spasm
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.
People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
What can I expect during my visit?
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
Based on Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), developed by Aaron L. Mattes, MS., R.K.T., L.M.T., of Sarasota, Florida, is a gentle method of stretching specific (isolated) muscles while requiring the active participation of the person being stretched.
Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.
Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles.
Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in “trigger points,” which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascia. The pain that a trigger point causes is often difficult to localize, though.
During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, contributing to widespread muscle pain. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release therapy loosen or release these areas of restriction.