Modalities

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There are many different styles of massages and techniques.  Listed below are the modalities that Sage Bodywork specializes in as well as how to choose the length of the massage that best fits your needs.  The length of all massages include any necessary consultation time.

60 MINUTES
A 60 minute detailing/maintenance massage is a good way to keep your upper back, shoulders and neck OR your lower back, hips and legs detailed during each treatment and then maintained with each subsequent treatment.  Single treatments are available with 5 treatment packages giving you ongoing relief.

90 MINUTES
A 90 minute massage is a great way to unwind, relax, and reduce tension as well as have 1 or more areas of discomfort receive special attention.  90 minutes is a preferred minimum length for a massage.  It is a good amount of time to warm up the fascia which makes muscles easier and more comfortable to relax and remain calm.

120 MINUTES
A 120 minute massage is an excellent way to unwind, relax, and reduce tension.  Generally, in a 120 minute massage, the entire body receives a good amount of time for special attention.  120 minutes is definitely the most preferred length for a massage  as you will experience a more complete sense of relaxation and your body should have enough time to experience a better sense of tension reduction and muscle pliability.

ADDITIONAL TIME
Occasionally, a client requests or the therapist recommends, additional time.  If you know in advance that you would like more than 120 minutes, just let me know and we can discuss your needs.

OUTCALLS
The preferred way to receive a massage is in my studio.  However, I do understand that some clients are unable to travel to my studio or prefer to not drive after receiving a massage.  I am available to come to you as an outcall.  Outcalls are available on a limited basis.

SALT OR SUGAR EXFOLIATION
This add-on service is approximately 30 minutes and immediately follows your regular massage.  An exfoliation is an invigorating way to follow up your massage with a blend of oils and salt or sugar that are applied from your neck to your toes, working to exfoliate away dry and rough skin.  A private shower is then provided for you to rinse your freshly exfoliated skin.  This treatment is completed by an application of naturally nourishing, antibacterial and antifungal organic coconut oil which is then removed by hot towels so as to not leave you feeling oily or greasy.


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage.  In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece and Italy.  Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping and shaking motions with the application of oil or creme, to reduce friction on the skin.  It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body.  It affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation.  It promotes reduction of swelling from injury, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and overall health and wellbeing.


Neuromuscular Therapy

This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.  

Neuromuscular therapy is not painful and can be very nurturing.  Pain exists for a reason and must be respected. Neuromuscular therapy is also known as deep tissue massage.


Sports Massage

Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, hydrotherapy (hot and cold) protocols, range of motion/flexibility/stretching protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating an athlete.


Stretching

The essence of stretching is that it lengthens soft tissues.  Taut soft tissues limit motion, whether they are tight muscles or any soft tissue that has accumulated fascial adhesions.  Stretching can help to reverse this process.  Even better, stretching on a regular basis can prevent soft tissues from becoming taut in the first place.  Using various massage modalities to warm up muscles and other soft tissue will relax muscles, enabling increased stretching and therefore increased range of motion.  


Myofascial Release

A type of soft tissue therapy used to release restricted musculoskeletal groups.  All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia.  Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles.  Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part.  The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.  

It is believed that chronic tension and trauma cause the fascia, which envelope the muscle and the entire body, to become fixed in a particular position, known as myofascial restriction.  Manipulation of the myofascial group can greatly reduce or fully resolve the restriction.  Cremes and oils are often never used for this modality.