Massage therapy helps the body in many ways. Massage relaxes muscle tissue, which leads to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This can lead to reduced pain and improved muscular, tendon and joint function. Read about our many massage services below.
Swedish Massage is the best-known type of massage and is the foundation for many other types of massage. The focus is on relaxation, comfort and stress relief. It uses soft tissue manipulation to stimulate circulation, help to flush the circulatory system, release tight muscles, improve blood and lymph flow, calm your nervous system, and promote a sense of relaxation and well-being, even reducing anxiety and tension in the body, which has been known to help relieve depression.
Swedish massage is typically slow and gentle, is a lighter pressure, and is a good fit for people who just need to relax from life’s many stresses, as well as people who are unfamiliar (and even a bit unsure) about massage.
Overall pressure = light to medium
Therapeutic Massage is used to help relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem. The focus can be on stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed.
Therapeutic massage works to help heal injuries and relieve muscle stiffness and soreness by producing effects on the nervous, muscular and circulatory systems of the body. A therapist will be able to feel the condition of the underlying tissue and adapt the treatment accordingly. Massage techniques are chosen for the effects they produce, which may be superficial, deep, trigger points, stimulating or soothing.
Overall Pressure = combination of light, medium and firm
Deep Tissue Massage is for releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It uses deep pressure and cross-fiber friction to release tissue that is in spasm.
Deep tissue massage helps with both small muscle injuries as well as chronic problems. Deep tissue massage is an excellent way to deal with a sports injury, postural misalignment, treating spasms as well as deep muscle tension. During a deep tissue massage the therapist concentrates on releasing specific chronic muscle tension and uses trigger point therapy to release muscular knots, or adhesions.
During a deep tissue massage, discomfort is normal and will be felt if there are inconsistencies within the tissues. It is these inconsistencies that cause the pain and muscular “knots” that need to be relieved.
Overall Pressure = medium to firm
A couple’s massage is when two people receive a massage at the same time in the same room together, each having their own massage therapist to work on their muscular discomforts. Receiving a massage together allows two people to completely relax and release personal or mutual stresses, as well as express personal appreciation for the other person and how grateful you are to have them in your life.
Couples massages are not just for couples though, and we often book mother-daughters, sisters, boyfriends-girlfriends, or just BFF’s having a girl-day together! It’s also excellent for anyone who has not had a professional massage before and would like the comfort of another person who has. Either way you will find comfort and a safe haven to unwind, sense the valuable presence of one another, and enjoy renewal together.
NOTE: Couples massage is Swedish, Therapeutic, or Deep Tissue.
Couples Hot Stone Massage 60 Min – $150 | 90 Min – $195
Hot stone massage employs a variety of strokes and techniques using hot stones and hands, working over kinks in your muscles. You are unlikely to feel the intensity, since your muscles will be relaxed by the heat of the stones. Combining hot stone with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow and healing throughout the body as well as have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. It is also been
known to help insomnia.
During hot stone massage, your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the therapist also uses the stones to massage your body. It’s like being caressed by the smoothest (rollerball-like) hands.
Cupping Massage employs clear glass cups with the usage of a vacuum form machine that are applied on the skin and then moved in a pattern over the body for the stretching and opening of muscle tissue. When suction is applied to the skin using the cups, the reverse pressure causes cellulite to break up, blood circulation is stimulated, and the fat and toxins that are released are moved to the lymph drainage network. Cupping also sedates the nervous system and it is known to ease the cords connecting the skin and muscle. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even break up cellulite.
Dynamic cupping – what we practice here at Soluna Massage – is when the cups stay in motion rather than being “parked”, so no intentional marks will be left on the skin. However spotting/bruising is still possible to occur. In areas where you have the most tension, you may feel a strong pulling sensation and because of the myofascial release soreness is common. Some have said “It’s kind of like a deep-tissue massage, but in reverse.”
Hawaiian lomi lomi massage — or “Loving Hands” massage commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioner’s hands gently resting on the clients back. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. The therapist then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical. It is a free-flowing massage set to help the client let go and relax completely.
The goal of lomi lomi is to rid the body of “negative” energy — including tension, toxins, and even injury and allow it to find a better more harmonic state. It can incorporate methods beyond traditional massage, including meditation, breathing exercises and even medicinal plants. The massage focus is with the forearms using broad, indirect strokes.
Pregnancy Massage is a special type of a massage therapy tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, help with low back pain, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Prenatal massage will relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Typically, it will address many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Before receiving a massage, pregnant women are advised to speak with their doctors to learn if massage is recommended. It is important to note that Prenatal massage does not incorporate deep tissue pressure.
Vedic Thai Yoga Massage is a martial art of healing. It is a combination of acupressure, asanas, stretching, palming, thumbing and gentle twisting. This helps in ushering back the balance in the body, and deepening the connection between mind, body and spirit, in the giver and receiver. In Thai Yoga Massage, no oils or creams are used and both the practitioner and the recipient are dressed in comfortable clothing (loose yoga clothing). It is performed on a mat on the floor.
Vedic Thai Yoga improves range of motion, increases resistance to injury, relieves pain due to arthritis, stress and overworked muscles, tones internal organs, releases lactic acid and other toxins from areas of accumulation, enhances your practice of yoga or any other physical activity.
In addition to feeling physically elated by releasing stress and tension, the recipients often experience an inner peace and joy and a feeling of being elevated away from the anxieties that possibly encompass them. One customer reported that it allowed her to stretch in ways she could have never done on her own.
Pre-Event massage is 30 or 60 minutes long and generally happens the day of or 1 day prior to the event. The focus is on preparation for high-intensity activity not to correct dysfunction or reduce stress. Therapists will use compression, kneading, ROM & active stretching, vibration and tapotement–all performed at an “up-tempo” faster pace than other massages. The goal is get the athletes muscles AMPED UP for the event.
Post sports massage happens after a sports event or after an intense period of overstressing the muscle during any type of training or working out. It’s focused on recovery, increasing circulation, reducing muscle tension and overall calming the athlete. Therapists use effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), broadening compression, joint mobilization, and assisted stretching. Deep work is minimal since muscles are still recovering from the intense exercise.
The Whole Enchilada is a massage experience! It is a therapeutic massage with Cupping included and Hot Stones for an hour and a half of bliss. Then we add in a 30-minute Detox Foot Bath and all the Alkaline water you can drink. It’s pure delight.