Swedish Massage (developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling) involves a variety of techniques designed to relax the muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles which reduces stress, both emotional and physical. Swedish massage stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves.

Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. It is both corrective and therapeutic.

When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.

Hot Stones Varied from a classic massage therapy, hot stone massage makes use of heated smooth, flat stones in the massage therapy. The stones which are used for the therapy are usually made of basalt. The reason being its rich iron element which retains heat for long.

The stones are heated in an electrical heating unit that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control. The most important factor in hot stone massage is the heat that the stone transmits to the body, healing it and relieving you from pain. The warmth of the stones also improves the circulation and therefore calms the nervous system. The stones are placed at points that are known to be the energy centers of the body to balance your body and mind.

Tune-up (chair) Chair or seated massage is a type of massage in which the client sits in a specially designed chair while the session is being performed. This chair allows us to provide an effective and efficient session as it allows the therapist to access areas of common tension.

The sessions are often much different from a typical table massage that many people are more familiar with. Sessions are performed fully clothed. No oil or lotion is used. Your appearance is not disturbed.

Aromatherapy is one of the oldest methods of holistic healing that rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit with the use of fragrance or aroma. This therapy uses liquid plant materials known as essential oils, to instill a state of well-being. The healing power of the essential oil is the essence of aromatherapy.

Aromas or scents have the power to transform our emotion, heal our bodies and elevate our state of mind. Indeed, aromas influence our emotions and behavior. The fragrances inhaled through the fine hair lining the nose, enter the section of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls our moods, emotions, memory and learning. When the brain reacts to the positive power of the aroma, it induces emotional well-being and brings back pleasant memories which encourages relaxation and energisation.

The holistic healing of Aromatherapy restores and enhances mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. It is a therapy, which rejuvenates, nourishes and heals. The therapy demonstrates the link between aroma and immune system function that helps to cure many ailments and boost health. Undoubtedly, this therapy is unique and powerful in rendering holistic health through the power of aroma.

Lynette E. Mahone

Telephone: 312-203-6979