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We Treat and Specialize in:

Swedish:

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

Swedish massage employs five different movements:

  • long, gliding strokes
  • kneading of individual muscles
  • friction
  • hacking or tapping
  • vibration

The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, a technique called "draping". One part of the body uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.

AMMA Therapy

AMMA Therapy is concerned with the balance and movement of life energy (Qi) in the human body. AMMA therapy relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate and balance the life energy. Amma therapy is concerned with the flow and balance of energy in the pathways of Qi, commonly known as the channels, that form an energetic web throughout the body. The channels of Qi nourish and defend the body. As well, it is through these channels that harmful energies gain access to deeper regions of the body. The balanced and unobstructed flow of Qi through the channels is imperative for maintaining good health. AMMA therapy utilizes all the techniques of the major forms of therapeutic massage.

NeuroMuscular Massage:

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) was made popular by Paul St. John and it is a massage modality that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. They are called trigger points because they refer pain to another part of the body. Trigger points are painful points located within taut bands of muscle, hypertonicity, and are treated primarily with the application of sustained, usually static pressure. Sometimes this is referred to as ischemic pressure and can vary from very light to heavy depending on the stage of development of the trigger point. Through the softening of trigger points, NMT aims to reduce chronic pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions.

Energy Work/Intuitive Work:

Intuitive work involves a deep sensitivity to energy and spirit. Using a wide array of techniques drawn from Chinese medicine, Oriental culture and inspiration, a therapist is able to connect with and balance a person’s energy. Energy imbalance can lead to a host of problems, impacting the physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Restoring this balance imbues a person with a strong sense of peace and harmony.

Deep Tissue:

Designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to un- stick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.

Shiatsu:

Shiatsu is an oriental (eastern) therapy of physical and energy rebalance. Usually it is defined as an oriental "massage" but it is much more than that. It acts through pressure with thumbs, fingers and palms applied to determined areas and points of the human body, without the use of any mechanical or of another type instrument, correcting internal dysfunctions, promoting and keeping the health and treating specific illnesses. Among the diverse benefits that SHIATSU presents to the organism, it will be able to be distinguished:

  • Gives flexibility to the skin
  • Improvement of the circulatory system
  • Gives flexibility to the muscular system
  • Aid to recuperate the balance of the bone system
  • Facilitation of the digestive system functions
  • Improvement of the endocrine system control
  • Regulate the functions of the nervous system

Reflexology:

Reflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology should not be confused with massage. Pressure is applied to specific points on the feet to balance energy and function.

Trigger Point -

Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. These include muscles used to maintain body posture, such as those in the neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as migraines, tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of a hypersensitive bundle or nodule of muscle fiber of harder than normal consistency is the physical finding typically associated with a trigger point. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response.

Deep, focused pressure is applied to the trigger point, and held until a release can be felt, almost like a tire going flat. The duration of the pressure can last up to two minutes, though one minute is the usual time frame. Immediate relief from muscular pain and headache pain can often be flet. Migraines can be alleviated during the course of one treatment, and often can be stopped from recurring with additional therapy.

Athletic Massage:

Designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to un- stick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.

Cranial Sacral:

Cranial sacral therapy (also known as craniosacral therapy) is a gentle, noninvasive form of alternative medicine that deals with the movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spine. Cranial sacral therapists ease the restrictions of nerve passages by focusing on the membranes that encase the central nervous system.

Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore misaligned bones to their proper position and is thought to eliminate the negative effects of stress as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.

Lymphatic Drainage:

Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Proponents of lymphatic drainage believe that the process will reduce blockages of the lymphatic system, which in turn promotes a healthier body.

When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymph nodes may become swollen. Further, the system fails to remove the body’s toxins and can even affect white blood cell counts. Lymphatic drainage is believed to reduce blockage, which promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other bodily systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, muscular and endocrine systems. Some therapists believe that lymphatic drainage therapy can also reduce allergies, menstrual cramps, colds and other viruses.

Myofascial Release:

Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Onsite Massage Service:

Hilton Head Massage Therapy's Mobile Massage Therapy is an Elite Personal Care Service that uniquely brings luxurious professional therapy into the convenience and privacy of your home, hotel, or office. An expert therapist will bring a portable massage chair or table, jersey linens, oils, and soothing music. Reduce or eliminate stress wherever you need the help.

Transforming Your Location:

The personal wellness treatment will transform your home, hotel, or office into a sanctuary of soothing relaxation in a very short time. Our commitment is to restore and bring calm to your body, mind, and spirit.

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