Signature Therapeutic Treatments

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Targeted Massage Therapy

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What is massage?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

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Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left”]

Risks of massage

Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns, open or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left”]Aromatherapy Massage

Enjoy a multi-sensory experience combining the power of delightfully scented pure essential oils with a specialized massage that draws from the traditions of both eastern and western philosophies.

$48 to $98

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Hot Stone Massage

Stone Therapy is a Native American practice used since ancient times as a healing therapy. Experience the benefits yourself with this fusion of massage techniques combined with the use of heated basalt stones to relax muscles and ease the mind.
$110 / 80 minutes
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 Signature Massage
This signature treatment starts with a heated compress that eases back muscles and invites them to relax, followed by your choice of essential oil blends massaged into the body with long, fluid strokes.
$70 to $119 / 50 or 80 minutes
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Reflexology Massage

Intended to address a range of issues, this Oriental massage technique focused on the feet is based on ancient beliefs that the soles of the feet mirror the systems and functions of the body.

$35 to $55 / 25 or 50 minutes

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Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.  Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

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Essential Oil Therapy

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What Is Essential Oil Therapy

If you have ever cut into a fresh sweet orange and suddenly felt a bit happier and more energetic, or smelled a bouquet of lavender and noticed you were a bit calmer and more relaxed, then you have already experienced the curative power of essential oils.

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These oils are made up of tiny, fragrant and highly-concentrated molecules that are distilled from the leaves, fruits, woods, seeds, flowers and other parts of various plants. Not only are these natural compounds incredibly fragrant, but they actually have therapeutic properties that promote physical and mental well-being.

Essential oil therapy is the actual use of essential oils to help heal our minds and bodies. In the US, we have been behind the curve in understanding the value of natural alternatives.  As a matter of fact, essential oil therapy has been practiced around the world for thousands of years and is currently used as a medical treatment throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

Dating back to ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese, infused oils and created herbal preparations for medicinal, fragrance and cosmetic use. Scriptures tell us that the ancient Egyptians soaked the bandages of their Pharaohs with Cedarwood essential oil to aid in the mummification process.  Hippocrates mixed powder from the bark and leaves of willow trees to cure headaches, pain and fever. Frankincense and Myrrh were gifted by the Wise Men because of their healing and fortifying properties, while Cleopatra seduced Marc Antony by surrounding her bed with rose petals.

Fast forward to the 20th Century, when a French Chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse stumbled across the medicinal properties of Lavender essential oil when treating his burned arm.  He noticed that this oil helped his burn heal quickly and left no scarring.  This discovery gave rise to our current, modern-day use of essential oil therapy.

At Stacy & Co. Spa, we’ve taken what people have known for thousands of years about the healing properties of plants and combined it with modern knowledge to create natural, effective solutions for a healthier mind and body.

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How Essential Oils Work

Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state.

The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin:

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1. Inhalation:
When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies.
Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.

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2. Topical Application:
When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and help them get to work faster. We suggest applying to the wrists, temples and back of the neck.
Think about it like watering a plant: you hydrate the soil because that’s where the roots are to absorb the nutrients. You wouldn’t get the same effect if you just watered the leaves or flowers. We deliberately designed our essential oil blends to be most effective through a combination of inhalation and topical application. Each blend has recommended usage and application instructions that you can find on its individual product page.

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