Our Massage Therapy Modalities
Massage therapy treatments serve to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through rhythmic strokes and focused static pressure. Massage treatments are tailored to guests' needs at time of service.
The following is a brief description of the massage techniques and modalities provided at Mariposa Day Spa. We also offer Ashiatsu Massage, which has a separate page for description and services.
Swedish Massage TherapyOne of the most commonly known massage techniques designed to enhance relaxation and stimulate blood flow is Swedish Massage. Through a series of strokes, all flowing toward the heart, the Swedish Massage practitioner is able to manipulate the soft tissue of the body. Practitioners use a combination of effleurage, kneading, rolling, vibrational, and percussive techniques. The application of oil is used to reduce friction on the skin.
Deep Tissue Massage TherapyFor an effective treatment working the sub-layer of musculature and fascia, Deep Tissue Massage therapists first use a series of strokes to relax the muscle tissue, which may also include hot steam towels and heated stones. Static pressure with the use of thumbs, fingertips and elbows are used in specific areas to release chronic muscle tension. This full body massage is generally integrated with other massage techniques such as effleurage, and the client may also be directed through a series of deep breathing. Deep Tissue Massage is effective for those suffering chronic muscular pain and is known to help reduce inflammation.
Hot Stone Massage TherapyHot Stone Massage involves smooth round basalt stones in a variety of sizes and weight heated in a water bath. During a Hot Stone Massage, the practitioner may use techniques that are common to both Swedish and Deep Tissue, (alternately) the heated basalt stones are cupped in the massage therapist's hands and are glided over the skin using medium to firm pressure. This technique has a sedative effective, and serves to reduce stress, promotes deep relaxation and while expanding the blood vessels encourages blood flow.
Reflexology MassageReflexology is all about balance. It is a modality that considers the whole body and mind, lending the ability to increase communication through the nervous system's informational highway and brings an awareness to the entire body. Reflexology is based on a principle that there are mini maps of the whole body reflected on the feet, hands, and ears. Specific thumb and finger techniques or hand movements are applied to the reflex points on these maps, which stimulate the nerve pathways. Through reflexology you can kickstart your body's own healing response, by way of reducing stress levels and allowing your body to find a balance, and an increased sense of well being.
Pregnancy MassagePregnancy massage also known as prenatal massage is highly beneficial during the second and third trimester when extra weight in the belly puts strain on the lower back muscles. Focusing on the special needs of the mother-to-be the massage strokes are designed to increase circulation and muscle tone while relieving leg cramps, swollen ankles and overall physical and mental fatigue.
Sternum and Abdominal Massage TherapyThe therapeutic massage treatment Openings offered at Mariposa Day Spa works both the sternum and abdominal areas of the body. What are some of the benefits to be gained from massage treatment to these areas:
Anatomically the sternum or breastbone is located in the center of the chest, it connects to the ribs through cartilage forming the front of the rib cage and protects vital organs such as the heart, lungs and major blood vessels from injury. As well, the thymus gland resides right beneath the sternum.
Activation through massage and gentle tapping can help to boost the immune system, and serve to stimulate, or awaken the heart and lungs. In esoteric anatomy it is known as the Heart or 4th Chakra. It is this area that emotional tension is often stored and can be manifested through tightness in the chest and restrict the ability for full lung expansion. If unattended an overall feeling of anxiety, nervousness and unrest is often experienced. Proper draping for females is always used while performing sternum bodywork.
In addition to an overall feeling of comfort and being nurtured, Abdominal Massage reaps many health benefits. It serves to increase blood flow and increase oxygen to abdominal organs. It relaxes tension surrounding the colon, which essentially then helps to stimulate the body's natural detoxification process. Combined with the appropriate essential oils it can help to release discomfort during menstruation.
Abdominal bodywork centers on the area around the navel, in esoteric anatomy the area just above the navel is known as the Third Chakra, and is associated with our core center, being the storehouse of energy for our vital organs. Working with this life force energy through a series of circular movements in the abdominal area, helps to improve and activate this energetic field supporting instincts of personal empowerment and self-esteem.
Wish to share the experience with a loved one? Enjoy a Couples Massage in our generous duet room for a side-by-side experience. Call guest services to make arrangements. (Or for solo services, book online now.)