Welcome to Oasis Massage & Bodyworks.
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Massage is defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments) done with the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous, muscular, respiratory, skeletal, lymphatic, and circulatory structures, done in a scientific manner for therapeutic results. There are several styles of massage that are better for different treatment goals. I don't like to "label" massages, but listed below are some basic descriptions of some commonly used modalities. At your appointment, tell me what your concerns and goals are for the treatment, and I will tailor the massage to fit your needs. I do not give a "cookie-cutter" massage. Each massage is unique and personalized every time to suit you and your body's needs. I often combine the use of several different modalities in order to meet your exact goals. Your body is constantly changing and adapting, and my massage technique will evolve with you to meet your treatment goals.
The primary goal of Swedish massage is relaxation. The pampering massage typically performed at a spa is usually a Swedish massage. Swedish massage is more of a general full body treatment; when problem areas are discovered, more specific work can be applied. Some benefits of Swedish massage include relieving muscle tension, improving circulation, reducing stress and anxiety, releasing adhesions, and removing metabolic waste from the muscle tissue.
Medical massage is applied to specific areas of the body on the basis of the pathology of the patient's chief complaint. In other words, medical massage is not a general massage treatment and would focus on a particular area, rather than a full body treatment. Medical massage is prescribed by a doctor to treat a diagnosed condition.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage focuses on the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and connective tissue. While using some of the basic techniques and principles of Swedish massage, the pressure is generally more intense. Deep tissue massage focuses on relieving chronic muscle tension, or what is commonly known as "knots". It is a more specific treatment than Swedish massage. While the pressure is more intense, it should never hurt, often described as a "pleasure pain". If the pressure ever becomes unbearable or painful, you should let your massage therapist know and they will ease up on the pressure. After receiving a deep tissue massage some clients experience soreness that is similar to the soreness experienced after exercising. This is normal and will go away after one or two days.
While sports massage is primarily geared toward athletes, it can be helpful for anyone. Sports massage is particularly useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury, or range of motion issues. Sports massage provides increased bio-mechanical efficiency and decreases the chance of injury. The primary goal of sports massage is to assist the athlete in achieving optimal performance and recovery. Sports massage usually focuses on particular problem areas for the client. The most common type of sports massage is a "maintenance sports massage" that is given during training, or any time not near an event. Sports massage reduces recovery time by alleviating pain, decreasing muscle fatigue, and restoring the body to health. Pre-event sports massage can be used to enhance pre-event preparation between 30 minutes and 6 hours before the event. Post-event sports massage is used between 30 minutes and 6 hours after an event in order to normalize the body's tissues.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones are a tool used as an extension of the massage therapist's hands. The heat from the stones helps your muscles further relax. This is generally a more relaxing method, but stones can also be used to apply a more specific, deeper pressure to adhesions or trigger points.
Tailored to the expectant mother's needs, pregnancy massage is generally given in the side-lying position. Some benefits of pregnancy massage include reducing stress and anxiety, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieving aches and pains in muscles and joints. Pregnancy massage may not be recommended for women with certain health conditions or a high risk pregnancy. It is best to consult with your doctor before receiving a pregnancy massage.
Reflexology is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the feet and/or hands. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that relate to every organ, gland, and system of the body.
Chair Massage *
David Palmer invented chair massage in order to make massage therapy convenient and affordable for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Some companies provide corporate chair massage for their employees "on-site" at the workplace. Chair massage is used for a variety of events ranging from fundraisers, personal parties, marathons, and many others. The length of a chair massage varies, but is commonly 10 or 15 minutes long. Chair massage includes work on the back, neck, arms, and hands. Benefits of chair massage include reducing muscle tension, freeing adhesions, increasing local blood flow, loosening stiffness in joints, and relieving pain, just like a table massage. Chair massage is stimulating, leaving the client feeling refreshed and re-energized. Benefits to having chair massage in the workplace include increasing productivity, significantly improving employee problem solving abilities, improving creative thinking, relieving fatigue, helping to eliminate absenteeism, decreasing stress and repetitive injuries, increasing job satisfaction and creating a caring environment that employees appreciate.
*Contact us about providing chair massage at your next event or workplace.
We are located between MCC and Winton Rd. It is a grey house with cedar shingles. Look for a big sign that says "Greater Living Architecture" out front and that's where you turn in. Once you get into the parking lot you will see the sign for Oasis Massage & Bodyworks and we are straight ahead.
A 24-hour notice is required for cancellation of an appointment, or you will be charged a $10 fee for the appointment. Failure to provide any notice will result in a $20 fee. Payment is due before your next appointment. Forfeiture of groupons or living socials, may occur if there is a no call/no show. Otherwise an additional fee may be required in order to use the deal. Massage/bodywork is not appropriate care for infectious or contagious illness. Please cancel your appointment as soon as you are aware of an infectious or contagious condition. Situations such as illness, emergencies, etc. will be taken into consideration, and if it is within the 24-hour notice period, the cancellation fee may be waived at our discretion.