With the demand for effective natural therapies, massage has evolved into a preventative approach to healthcare.
Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to maintain good health and establish and maintain good physical condition. Massage techniques relax or tone muscles to optimize tissue function which aids recovery and rejuvenation following illness or injury or every day use.
Our licensed massage therapists are trained to communicate with your body to help you relieve muscle strain, fatigue, spasm, and other soft tissue anomalies that can lead to pain, reduced range of motion and postural alterations.
Massage relieves chronic pain and tension in muscles, calms the central nervous system, enhances circulation, increases flexibility in the joints, and reduces mental and physical fatigue.
All of these attributes are immersed in a highly energetic connection, tapping the roots of eastern healing and helping you to find balance physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We specialize in massage for two people where friends, family and loved ones are welcome to enjoy a massage together in the same room. We have practiced side-by-side for fifteen years creating a peaceful professional atmosphere in an elegant, yet comfortable, environment.
Receiving a massage with a friend or loved one is a wonderful way to spend time together. It is nice to be in the same room, experiencing the same energetic flow, and leaving together in a relaxed, peaceful state. It is a wonderfully unique way to enjoy time together while healing at the same time.
Getting the most out of your massage
We all love to feel like a massage was very effective and helped us feel loose for days or weeks afterward. Here a few things you can do to help maximize the effects of your massage.
BEFORE YOUR MASSAGE
Hydrating a few days before (or the day of) your massage is very helpful in allowing your muscles to release salty wastes and lactic acids.
You can also go for a little walk, work out or stretch before a massage to warm up your muscles and start making them more pliable. No worries if you don't have time: we can still give you a great massage.
DURING YOUR MASSAGE
The single-most important key to getting the most out of your massage is to communicate with your therapist. Most of that communication is done during the interview process before your massage even begins. It is important to know that you can change your mind at any time, even during your massage: just let us know.
You can fine-tune the pressure we're using or ask questions. We will happily adjust the temperature or music for you. We are here to make your massage an unforgettably wonderful experience.
Relaxed breathing is also important while you receive your massage. Massage encourages a more full, complete breath to help you achieve a relaxed state of being.
AFTER YOUR MASSAGE
You'll want to drink plenty of water after your massage. Generally we recommend drinking 8 glasses of water within 24 hours of receiving a massage. Another guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
We recommend going for a short walk after your massage. A 10- to 20-minute walk can help your body flush toxins while adopting a new state of tone and balance.
It is not uncommon to feel muscular soreness, like that of exercise, after a deep massage. Icing for up to 10 minutes at a time is recommended to alleviate any soreness.
During the first 24 hours after your massage, your body is incorporating its new balance. Your personal workouts during this time should be focused on good form and tempered to about 70% of your normal effort.
Your First Massage
It is not unusual to be nervous before your first massage. And it's important that your first massage is a great experience, one where you feel like you've been listened to and you feel safe as you relax deeply while your muscles are skillfully worked. Healing touch is an important part of our overall well-being.
Knowing what to expect before you come in for your first massage can be helpful as you get ready.
The most important thing to know is that this experience is about you, and your comfort. You are the leader, and we are here to facilitate your goals for the massage. Some people want to relax deeply, others of us need certain areas loosened. If you want general full-body work, we can do that. If you want to avoid working on certain parts of your body, just let us know. Each of us could spend a full hour working just your feet, or your head and neck, or your back, or legs. So as you think about aspects of the massage you may be uncomfortable with, rest assured, there is a solution that will provide you the utmost comfort.
When you come see us, you will come in directly to your massage space. We will be there to meet you and will give you some fresh water and a form to fill out. This gives you the chance to let us know what you would like from your massage and to let us know any history of injuries or surgeries so we can better understand your musculature and structural balance. Once you have finished your forms, you can choose a therapist to work with. We will chat with you a little more to find out more about what you are looking for so we can give you a great massage customized to your needs.
Undressing is entirely for your sense of freedom and ease of breathing. Only undress to your comfort level. You should feel safe and relaxed on the table. Our draping is professional, and your safety is of utmost importance to us. If you would like to stay dressed, wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to the massage.
Communication is the single most important thing to know when receiving massage is that you can communicate with your therapist. We are not doing the massage "to" you, but rather working "with" you. It is designed to be a cooperative experience.
Temperature, pressure, and music can all be adjusted at your request. You are also welcome to ask anything about your massage.
“Erik and Faye are genuine and lovely people, their space is peaceful, elegant, and I got an outstanding structural massage from Erik. I not only felt wonderful upon leaving, but my sacrum, hips and legs were moving differently - more fluidly - and that's the sign of great work! I look forward to experiencing Faye's gifts as well as Erik's again in the future.”