What is Therapeutic Massage?

If you’re suffering from a stressful schedule or recovering from illness or injury, therapeutic massage is an ideal way to revive, rebalance and renew your body, mind and spirit. Experience a deeply relaxing and stress relieving massage in a tranquil environment. If you have specific health issues or injuries, Ivey utilizes massage techniques to provide relaxation, relieve soft tissue injuries, and improve posture and flexibility.

Swedish Massage – Firm but comfortable pressure and long strokes are used to provide deep relaxation, muscle relaxation, and increased circulation.

Deep Tissue Massage – This style of massage is ideal to release chronic muscle tension or spasms.  Slow patterns of strokes and deep finger pressure are used on parts of the body where muscles are tight or knotted, focusing on layers of muscle deep under the skin, affording greater flexibility and strength.

Myofascial Release – This is a very effective hands-on technique that focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles.  The technique involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Trigger Point Massage – Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to relieve the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.  The recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

Sports Massage – A combination of techniques are used that address specific needs of athletes and may include effleurage, pettrisage, friction, cross-fiber friction, vibration, shaking, broadening strokes, deep-compression, trigger point therapy, range-of-motion, and stretching.   These techniques are used to warm-up, to increase blood flow, stimulate neurological pathways, aid recovery from exertion, increase flexibility, or improve posture. Timing of the massage will occur before or after events, to enhance performance, or promote healing post-injury.  

Chair Massage – Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short — 10 or 15 minutes — and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and doesn’t require any massage oil. You are seated in a special chair with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor, with supports for your arms.