This is a traditional Western relaxation massage where broad, rhythmic, gliding strokes, kneading, percussion and tapping techniques are used on the more superficial layers of muscles and fascia. This type of massage is recommended for clients seeking complete full-body relaxation and increased circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure and friction. Deep pressure is administered to affect the sublayer of musculature and fascia that support muscle tissues and loosen bonds between the layers of connective tissues. Added attention is given to areas affected by overuse, fibrotic build-up, trigger-points and decreased circulation. Our therapists utilize cross-fiber techniques using movements directed across the grain of muscles. This approach is applied with greater pressure and at deeper layers of the muscle than Swedish Massage. Usually there are one to three target areas that will be worked on. The most commonly requested areas are neck, shoulders/upper traps, lower back, calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and psoas. This type of massage is recommended for clients who seek therapy on specific target areas and who require more pressure than is typically applied during a Swedish Massage.
Addresses concerns of both athletes and active persons. Enables clients to attain their greatest potential by accelerating the body’s own natural restorative processes and enables the client to participate more often in rigorous physical training and conditioning. Helps improve ability to perform while reducing incidence of lost time from injury and fatigue. Our therapist will work to stretch and broaden key muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascial tissue to bring more oxygen and nutrients to those areas. Your therapist will look for fibrous bands, knots, stress points, and imbalance caused by asymmetry, overcompensation and overuse. This type of massage is recommended for clients who seek advanced muscle and fascial work through the use of Heat and Ice Therapies, Graston Technique, Assisted Stretching, Hypervolt Vibration Gun Therapy, Cupping (additional charge), Kinesiotaping (additional charge), and comprehensive techniques to address problems affecting the kinetic chain.
Whether you have physical discomfort or are seeking relaxing therapy during your pregnancy, we can help. Our trained prenatal massage therapist will help you renew your sense of well-being on this special journey of yours be it in the first trimester or past due. We will help address common issues like increased pain, aches, swelling, and stress. You may well be dealing with new issues brought on or made worse by pregnancy such as hip and low back pain, sciatica, calf cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and lymphedema. Your session will be modified for safety: specific techniques, applications, bolstering, and body positioning will be used to address pregnancy-related orthopedic conditions and heightened sensitivities.
Supported side-lying and/or a reclined position are used depending on the conditions and needs of the prenatal client.
Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer is offered by Phuong Tran, LMT. An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. After a thorough Oncology Intake Form is completed and, if necessary, consultation with a client's Oncologist/Physician, Phuong prepares the client for a specially-modified massage therapy session that, when necessary, includes bolstering for maximum comfort, carefully-monitored pressure application, hypoallergenic lotion and heightened precautions for factors such as surgery, radiation, and mediport sites, deep vein thrombosis risks, compromised circulation, bone metastases, skin reactions to cancer treatment and so forth.
Oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue mobilization to pain reduction, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people at all stages of the cancer journey.
Personalized blend of Eastern and Western modalities purposefully interwoven into one session. This is our most advanced offering- an all-inclusive treatment that includes Hot Stones, Gua Sha, Graston Technique, Cupping Therapy, Reflexology, Kinesiotaping, Assisted Stretch, and Face Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. Creme de la creme!
The art of stimulating the body’s own healing forces by locating and stimulating certain points on the feet that affect organs or functions in distant parts of the body. Detects imbalance, congestion and inflammation and may help to send messages back to the brain to affect the areas by sending endorphins and more circulation to those areas. Our practitioners feel for inconsistencies such as knots, hard areas, swelling, crunchiness and sensitive spots.
During a foot reflexology session, the client remains fully-clothed and is comfortably positioned on an adjustable lounge chair and the feet are placed in a plastic-lined tub of warm water infused with sea salt. To begin the session, as the feet are soaking, a form of Chinese therapy called Tui-Na is performed. For 60 and 90 minute sessions, the main focus is on the feet but attention is also given to the hands, arms, legs, neck, shoulders and back.
This therapy is recommended for clients who suffer from tired, achy and overworked feet and for clients seeking to address conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, neuromas, fibromas, scar tissue, neuropathy, and toe cramping.
We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing that allows full access to the lower legs, arms and neck/shoulders.
About Phuong Tran
Phuong Tran is a Massachusetts Licensed Massage Therapist and a Trained Board-Certified Reflexologist. He received his massage therapy training at Florida Academy in Ft. Myers, Florida and Reflexology training under Valerie Voner at the New England Institute of Reflexology and Universal Studies in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Phuong strives to offer his clients a purposeful blend of relaxation and condition-specific therapies by artfully interweaving Eastern and Western therapies. He is a member of the Society of Oncology Massage, Reflexology Association of America and certified as a Graston Technique Specialist. When not working, he enjoys travelling to sunny Naples, Florida and fishing on the beautiful Gulf Coast.
He will be available in our office Thursdays 10am - 6pm