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Deep Tissue Massage


  • What is Deep Tissue Massage?

                          Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on                                       realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially                             helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff                                 neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore                                         shoulders.

                          Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the                               movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas                           of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the                                 fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).  

  • How Does It Work? Techniques 

                          When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually                                         adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and                                         ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited                                         movement, and inflammation.

                          Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to                           relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage                                       therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles                               must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper                                           musculature. 

  • Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

                          At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually                                 some discomfort and pain.

                          It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any                             soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.

                          There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it                           should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend                             applying ice to the area after the massage.

  • Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

                          Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic                           muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Sciatica 
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding

                         According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000                          people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving                                              osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription                                          medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-                                counter drugs.

                         Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.                                  People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep                                tissue massage.




  • What is cupping?

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. By using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.

  • What does cupping work?

The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for of Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure.

  • Benefits of cupping?

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.

  • What are the marks/discolorations?

In areas of tissue dysfunction, this technique may occasionally leave a temporary mark, called "sha." Sha resembles a bruise but is not painful. Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the appearance of sha as an indication that toxins and stagnation are being pulled to the surface of the body, restoring healthy qi and blood flow below. These are NOT bruises. Bruises are usually the result of trauma from impact which breaks blood vessels and allows blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. In contrast, cupping involves the application of suction. Once understood and the many positive results of cupping are experienced, any initial concerns about cupping discolorations disappear.

  • How long do the marks last?

If any discolorations surface these are temporary, typically ranging in color from light pink to dark purple and can last anywhere between a few hours to 10 days before gradually fading away entirely. Again, no pain or tenderness is typically felt following a cupping treatment, whether or not discolorations appear on the skin.

  • What do the marks indicate?

Traditional Chinese Medicine learning indicate that the marks result from dredging stagnation from within bodily tissues up closer to the surface of the skin, also helping to restore flow of energy and blood to the areas treated. This stagnation can include dead blood cells, old lymph fluid, and toxins that the body has not been able to eliminate via its circulatory system.







Head Acupressure                                                             $10/10 mins

Neck                                                                                 $10/10 mins

Arms                                                                                 $20/15 mins

Neck & Shoulders                                                             $25/20 mins

Back ( upper & lower )                                                       $25/20 mins

Legs                                                                                 $25/20 mins

Head , neck & Shoulders                                                   $30/25 mins

Neck , shoulders & Back                                                    $35/30 mins

Back & Legs                                                                       $40/35 mins

Neck , shoulders , back & Legs                                           $45/40 mins

Whole Body ( exclude feet )                                               $70/60 mins

Feet Massage                                                                     $35/25 mins

Reflexology ( feet massage & herbal foot spa )                   $60/50 mins

Cupping                                                                               $30/25 mins

Treatment ( massage with medicated oil )                               $1.5/1 min


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