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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage was developed by Per Henrik Ling of Smaaland, Sweden during the early 19th century. This type of massage is the most common form of massage offered in spas. Swedish massage involves many different manual techniques including, but not limited to, gliding, lifting and rolling the skin and underlying tissue, kneading, gentle rocking, compressing, friction and tapotement (percussive techniques). Swedish can be slow and gentle or more vigorous and stimulating, depending on the needs of the client. Oil, lotion or cream is normally used to allow for greater ease of the manual technqiues applied during Swedish massage. 

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Pregnancy Massage

Research has indicated that massage for pregnant women has many benefits including, but not limited to, decreased pain - especially lower back and leg pain, reduced anxiety and depression, improved mood, improved sleep and a decrease in urinary stress hormone levels -norepinephrine (J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1999 Mar;20(1):31-8). 

Women who receive pregnancy massage normally lie on the massage table on their side. The therapist provides the client with a full body pillow and pillow for her head. Draping to insure comfort and privacy is used just as with all other forms of massage. The therapist asks the client to switch sides mid-way through the session, depending on the specific needs of the client. Swedish massage techniques are the safest, most effective and most comfortable for pregnant women. 

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Deep Tissue Massage 

Contrary to popular belief, deep tissue massage is not exerting more effort on the part of the therapist resulting in pain and discomfort of the client. Deep tissue massage is as its name suggests, massage of tissues that lie deeper to the superficial skin layer. According to Art Riggs, author of Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, a simple definition of deep tissue massage is "the understanding of the layers of the body, and the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible." Deep tissue massage can include the following techniques: muscle energy technique, myofascial release techniques, trigger point release, range of motion/joint mobilization and many more. 

The primary goals of deep tissue massage are alleviation of pain, improvement of posture, range of motion and joint mobility, increased circulation, and a decrease in muscle restrictions. 

Please remember: "A deep tissue massage is not a 'hard' massage, which is simply the result of exerting more effort [on the part of the therapist]; it does not require exceptional strength or size [of the therapist]." Art Riggs, Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, p.2.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is the use of smooth, warm stones (in various sizes) as therapeutic tools during a massage. In order to warm the stones, the therapist submerges the stones in water at a set temperature and time frame that is recommended by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Contrary to photographs in popular advertisements and in years past, placing the stones directly on the skin and leaving them there is considered unethical practice because doing so is dangerous. In the past, when therapists have left hot stones directly on the skin there were instances of mild to severe burns. Therefore, today the therapist must place a barrier between the client's skin and the stones, i.e. a towel or blanket, when leaving stones stationary on the client's body. However, when the stones are being held by the therapist and used to massage the client a barrier is not needed. 

"After I received my first hot stone massage, I thought to myself 'all massages should involve hot stones.' That's how wonderful the experience was for me."  - Katherine Harris, LMT

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Warm Bamboo Massage

The use of warm, smooth bamboo as tools for massage is believed to have been first developed in South East Asia. However, French massage therapist, Nathalie Cecilia, created, developed and refined her own warm bamboo massage techniques which she labeled "Bamboo-fusion." The types of warm bamboo techniques applied by massage therapist, Katherine Harris at Mountain Massage, are derived from Bamboo-fusion. 

The bamboo tools are warmed using a moist, heating pad (purchased specifically for Bamboo-fusion bamboo tools). Oil is applied to the client's skin using effleurage (a sweeping, and relaxing, Swedish massage technique) before the warm bamboo tools are used to massage the muscle and underlying tissue structures. Warm bamboo massage is similar to hot stone massage in that the tools are made from natural sources and are heated prior to use for massage. 

"Sticks & Stones" Massage

Sticks & Stones massage is a massage therapy session employing both hot stones and warm bamboo tools. Excellent choice to help alleviate sore muscles, stiff joints and/or to facilitate deep relaxation. 


Sports Massage

Sports massage is a specialized form of massage therapy designed to help improve the performance of athletes and individuals who enjoy sports purely for personal pleasure rather than competition. 

Sports massage for the competitive athelete involves six categories of timing: 

pre-event massage - the objective of this category is to assist the athlete with warming up prior to a competition. The goals for this category are improve circulation, flexibility and provide a psychological lift.  

inter-competition massage - this category has nearly the same intent as pre-event massage, except that fatigue, injuries and soreness from training and warming up exercises must be taken into account. This category of sports massage occurs on-site at the competition or training event. 

post-event massage - this timing category of sports massage occurs after the competition or training event. The objective is for the therapist to assist the athelete with the cool down and recovery phase. 

recovery massage - this category of sports massage occurs at least a day after the competition or training event. The objective is to reduce soreness, restore circulation and range of motion, decrease the possibility of muscle restriction and adhesion development. 

maintenance massage - this category of sports massage occurs during the athlete's off-season when he/she is not training as rigorously. This type of sports massage can include more lengthy and deeper work. 

injury management - this category of sports massage is as it suggests; the massage therapist works, usually in tandem with other health professionals, to help the athlete recover and rehabilitate post-injury. The objectives normally involve decreasing inflammation, reducing scar tissue and adhesions, improving mobility and range of motion in joints, restoring strength and flexibility. 

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Chair Massage

Chair massage is normally conducted outside of the therapist's massage studio and in a more public setting, e.g. a mall, the airport, an employee appreciation day at a business, a birthday party, a baby shower, a bridal shower, a sporting event, etc. 

The client remains fully clothed and sits facing forward in a specially designed chair for massage which includes an upright face-rest, a pad upon which to lean the chest, and an arm rest that curves in front of the client's body. Massage chairs are ergonomically designed to take pressure off of the lower back and knees. 

The therapist typically does not use lotion, cream or oil unless work is needed on the client's hands and forearms. The therapist uses compression, gliding, and kneading as primary techniques for chair massage, although other massage techniques may be applied depending on the needs of the client. 

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On-Site/Event Massage

On-site or event massage is massage that takes place outside of the therapist's massage studio and at another location, e.g. a business, doctor's office, sporting event, sales event, in a client's home, etc. Depending on the event, the therapist may bring a massage chair or a table. 



Katherine Harris, LMT is a Certified Registered Reflexologist through the International Institute of Reflexology (I.I.R.) As defined by the I.I.R., Reflexology is a science that 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. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumbs and fingers on these reflex areas. The objectives of Reflexology are to relieve stress and tension, improve nerve and blood supply, promote the unblocking of nerve impulses and help nature to achieve homeostasis in the body. 



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