bodywork modalities

Signature Integrative Massage

VastRoot specializes in Integrative Massage that blends Eastern and Western styles to encourage the benefits of multiple therapies. A thorough 15-minute intake occurs prior to each session and the treatment that follows is tailored to the client’s physical and energetic needs of the day. Sessions typically include long, relaxing strokes, targeted deep work to address areas of stress and dysfunction, facilitated stretching, joint mobilization, potent point work along the body’s energetic pathways, and Reflexology-based foot work. Integrative sessions are highly intuitive and the client is encouraged to become an active participant in healing through breath-work and visualization. With trust, communication and a willingness for emotional as well as physical release, sessions frequently evolve beyond muscular therapy to personal transformation.

For more information check out this VastRoot blog post on Integrative Bodywork!

Swedish

Swedish Massage is a deeply soothing style of bodywork where the therapist uses relatively gentle pressure and oil/lotion to perform long, gliding strokes toward the heart and rolling, kneading, and percussion techniques to soften tissue. Swedish massage offers many benefits, including increasing circulation of blood and lymph, alleviating muscle tension and pain, enhancing flexibility, and reducing stress levels by calming the nervous system. Both highly relaxing and therapeutic, the popularity of Swedish massage makes it the premier style of bodywork in Europe and North America.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue in our bodies. It is highly effective for releasing stress and tension due to chronic postural and emotional holding patterns, structural misalignment, repetitive action, and past injury. The therapist sustains firm pressure and moves very slowly to reach the deeper layers of tissue, making deep tissue techniques best for localized work and/or longer sessions. Due to the depth of the work, communication between client and therapist is important to maintain comfort. Deep Tissue should not cause extreme pain when done properly, but healthy soreness afterward is normal and it is especially important that clients stay hydrated.

NOTE: Deep Tissue Massage is often confused with the use of “deep pressure” (ie, extra firm) in Swedish massage. Though the two styles are often mixed together, Deep Tissue requires a very slow pace in order to work through the layers of superficial tissue.

Myofascial Therapy

Myofascial work targets the system of connective tissue in the body called fascia. Since fascial membranes encase every muscle in the body, areas of fascial dysfunction can reduce mobility and cause pain. Myofascial therapy focuses on releasing tension in these important, but often overlooked tissues. The therapist first conducts a postural assessment to gain information and then uses fine techniques on the specific muscles implicated by the dysfunction. Myofascial work is firm and targeted and the client is encouraged to rate the level of pressure on a numerical scale throughout the session to ensure maximum therapeutic result with minimal discomfort. Myofascial therapy is especially effective in cases of structural imbalance, limited range of motion, injury rehabilitation, scar tissue healing, and chronic pain and tension.

Sports

Sports massage is bodywork designed for anyone who engages in athletic activity, with the goal of addressing activity-specific strain, enhancing performance and aiding muscle recovery. Athletic activity exerts a particular type of stress on the body and athletes often sustain injuries from repetitive use of certain muscle groups. Sports massage therapists work with athletes in a variety of settings, most commonly “pre-event” (eg, before a match), “post-event” (eg, at the finish line), or in a maintenance capacity between events. Sports Massage helps to prevent injury, reduce pain, increase mobility, and dramatically improve rebound rates. It is also highly effective in injury rehabilitation by reducing swelling and promoting the body’s natural immune function. For professional and casual athletes alike, sports massage can prevent debilitating strain and allow them to continue the activity they love for years to come.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese school of massage therapy that promotes the flow and balance of energy in the body. Guided by the client’s breathing, the therapist combines gentle stretching, joint mobilization, and percussion techniques with the stimulation of pressure points along the body’s energy pathways, or meridians. Traditionally, the client remains clothed and no oil or lotion is used, making Shiatsu an ideal choice for anyone hesitant to disrobe or looking to minimize contact with the skin. Shiatsu simultaneously invites relaxation and invigorates, balances energy, alleviates pain, increases circulation, improves joint mobility and promotes overall health. In addition, the unification of breath and movement make a Shiatsu session a meditative experience that honors the body, mind and spirit.

Thai Massage

The ancient therapy of Thai Massage, traditionally known as “nuad bo-rarn”, traces its lineage back to Dr. Shivago Komarpaj, the Indian physician who treated the Buddha. Carefully passed down over time, Thai massage is one of the four branches of traditional Thai medicine. The therapist uses their own body to apply pressure, stretch, and mobilize the client. Thai massage is traditionally practiced on a firm mat on the floor, though VastRoot adapts this work for table. The client remains clothed except for the feet to allow for free movement, meaning that no draping or lubricant is necessary. The aim of Thai massage is to balance the flow of energy along the body’s energy pathways, called sen lines in Thai, and promote the body’s self-healing capabilities. A Thai massage session is a uniquely collaborative experience that leaves clients limber, relaxed, and revitalized.

Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the Traditional Chinese medical theory that every part of the human body corresponds to specific reflex points on the feet and hands. By applying pressure along these points, the therapist stimulates the body’s internal organs remotely, reduces pain, increases relaxation, stimulates circulation of blood and lymph, encourages harmonious energy flow, and of course relieves tension in the strained extremities. Reflexology is an ideal method to address the whole body when one or more areas of the body are inaccessible or traumatized preventing direct manipulation.

Chair Massage

In chair massage, sometimes referred to as on-site massage, the client rests comfortably in a forward-facing chair that evenly distributes their weight. The therapist applies relaxing, therapeutic pressure over the clients clothes without the use of oil or lotion. Chair massage can be performed in a variety of settings due to the lack of required privacy and the portability of the equipment. Sessions usually range from 10-25 minutes, making it an excellent way to conveniently receive a dose of relaxation and relief in professional or event settings.