Indulge in a treatment that is nourishing for your body and soul! Blue Heron’s massage practitioners each have 14 years of experience, imbibing their massages with vast knowledge of the body and a variety of techniques to help you feel your best.
Our most popular, therapeutic massage combines the best of both Western and Eastern modalities of massage to ease pain, relax tight muscles, calm your mind and enrich your spirit. Integrative massages incorporate swedish, acupressure, shiatsu, stretch, and polarity techniques (as deemed appropriate) with a focus on breath, movement, and creative integrative strokes. This is a very relaxing and balancing massage that facilitates an overall connection to mind, body and spirit.
Chinese Massage (tui na) incorporates knowledge of the acupuncture channels with massage. It is similar to other forms of massage in that it relaxes and eases muscle tension, but it is typically more invigorating and opening. Your Chinese massage may include cupping, gua sha and acupressure.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on specific troubled areas using deeper pressure and neuromuscular treatments when needed; mainly trigger point therapy and myofascial release. Blue Heron’s practitioners work in layers, moving deeper as the muscles release in their own time.
ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGE
Integrative massage with the addition of essential oils chosen to amplify the pain-relieving and relaxing aspects of your massage. Essential oil blends will be chosen to increase circulation, relax tight muscles, ease pain, uplift or calm your spirit, and deepen relaxation. Additionally, essential oils immediately awaken the olfactory nerve, enriching communication with your brain and nervous system to amplify the results you are striving to achieve through your massage.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Heat has long been used to ease muscle pain and tension. Heated basalt stones are used throughout the massage to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness and bring blood flow to affected areas of the body. Hot stones help aid in muscle spasms, increase flexibility and range of motion, and promote deeper muscle relaxation. Hot stone massage can be beneficial for those who have extremely tight muscles, fibromyalgia, suffer from arthritic symptoms or want a more deeply relaxing and grounding massage.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a very gentle massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. The lymph system is a slow moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body’s system of blood circulation. It delivers nutrients to cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins. When our lymphatic system isn’t working properly, our tissues can become swollen and our body’s natural immune system slows down and cannot naturally detoxify on its own. The purpose of lymphatic drainage is to cleanse and regenerate tissues and organs as well as to promote balance of chemistry. If tissue has been damaged, lymphatic drainage helps stimulate the lymphatic system to remove wastes more rapidly from around those inflamed tissues.
Lymphatic drainage is beneficial in promoting tissue regeneration (ie for scars), stimulating the immune system, and relieving bronchitis, sinusitis, arthritis, acne, eczema, chronic fatigue, ENT conditions, headaches, vertigo, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress, depression, insomnia, pain, muscle spasm, post-trauma recovery (ie whiplash), and post-surgical tissue swelling. Lastly, lymphatic drainage massage is helpful in preparing the body pre-surgery and reducing inflammation and accelerating healing post surgery.
Prenatal Massage can help facilitate a smooth transition into motherhood by relieving the discomfort associated with shifts in posture and increased weight bearing. Massage also helps with decreasing stress, balancing hormone levels, reducing maternal anxiety, improving sleep quality, alleviating tension in the back, hips, legs and feet, and decreasing complications in labor. You will comfortably relax on your side or in a pregnancy cushion while you and your baby are supported by pillows. Prenatal massage provides a wonderful time for you to bond with your baby. Available after your first trimester only.
Reflexology is an ancient practice dating as far back as 1000 BC in China. In the United States, Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, who is referred to as the “father of reflexology” was the first person to develop zone therapy. Dr. Shelby Riley later developed a detailed map of reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond with points on the body.
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body’s natural electrical energy works along with the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. Pressure applied to any part of a zone will affect the entire zone and can be stimulated by working any reflex in that same zone. Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress and activates a parasympathetic nervous system response in the body to enable the blockages to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation enhanced, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis.
REIKI (BALANCING THE CHAKRAS)
According to Hindu and/or Buddhist belief, chakras are vast, yet contained, pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities. There are said to be seven main chakras: four in our upper body, which govern our mental properties, and three in our lower body, which govern our instinctual properties.
In this session, we will take a look at deficient or excessive issues going on in each charka. Using Reiki healing energy techniques, we will balance these seven chakras to allow positive qualities to replace anything that is blocking healthy energy flow.
Thai massage, provided by Ashlee Dixon, is an ancient healing art with origins in Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga. It has evolved into a unique and magical combination of gentle rocking, deep stretching, rhythmic compression, soft tissue manipulation, energy balancing and acupressure. Thai massage affects the entire body by increasing flexibility, releasing both deep and superficial tension, enhancing the body’s natural energy flow, and promoting inner peace and a quiet mind. It is performed on a mat on the floor. The massage is done fully clothed and no oils are required. Thai massage can provide a good opportunity of achieving a state of deep emotional equanimity, profound stress relief, and moments of sweet bliss. NOTE: Please come dressed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can stretch easily, like yoga or workout wear.
Integrative Massage (our most popular, therapeutic massage): 90 Minutes $120, 60 Minutes $85, 30 Minutes $50
Chinese Massage: 90 Minutes $120, 60 Minutes $85, 30 Minutes $50
Deep Tissue Massage: 90 Minutes $130, 60 Minutes $95
Essential Oil Massage: 90 Minutes $130, 60 Minutes $95, 30 Minutes $55
Hot Stone Massage: 90 Minutes $130, 60 Minutes $95
Lymphatic Drainage Massage: 60 Minutes $95
Prenatal Massage: 90 Minutes $130, 60 Minutes $95, 30 Minutes $55
Reflexology Massage: 60 Minutes $85, 30 Minutes $50
- add 15 minutes of reflexology to another massage: $25
Thai Massage: 90 Minutes $130, 60 Minutes $95
Reiki (Balancing the Chakras): 30 Minutes $50
- add on to another massage: $40