Swedish massage focuses on the superficial layer of muscles using fluid and gentle strokes. It can shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of metabolic wastes and also increases circulation to strengthen the immune system. If you have never experienced a massage, this is a great place to start.
Deep tissue massage focuses on the muscles beneath the superficial layer. Attention is directed to troublesome areas during a deep tissue treatment. A firmer pressure is used, as well as therapeutic stretching. Although it can be more uncomfortable than Swedish, it shouldn't hurt. The communication between a client and the therapist is important. Many times the therapist focuses on the specific areas of complaint to improve performance and range of mobility. Deep Tissue Massage is recommended for those who experience constant pain or are involved in vigorous physical activity.
Prenatal massage reduces anxiety associated with labor. Massage during pregnancy promotes the relaxation of overused leg and back muscles associated with the expanding womb. A therapist applies pressure to specific sore spots to relieve tension and pain. Ultimately, prenatal massage has been shown to improve labor outcomes for both mother and child. Side-lying techniques are used to avoid excess strain on the abdominal area.
Craniosacral Therapy is a light-touch approach to healing. Techniques are used to help improve form and function of the central nervous system. Craniosacral is a safe treatment for people of all ages. A session can last between 60-90 minutes. This therapy has been used to treat: migraines, headaches, tension-related disorders, jaw pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, inguinal hernias, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, PTSD, and more.
Corri Flaker is trained in Craniosacral Therapy Somato-Emotional Release (an extension of Craniosacral used to help resolve emotional trauma retained by physical injuries), and intra-oral therapy (Craniosacral techniques used in the mouth to release tension related to dental trauma, teeth grinding, jaw pain, TMJ disorder, etc.) by the Upledger Institute.