Massage Therapy

We offer therapeutic, relaxation, Mayan abdominal, cupping, and many more types of massages.

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are many types of massage methods - see below for further descriptions of these methods and which therapist offers them.


Cupping massage is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used, a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist, will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects.

Therapists who offer this type of massage: Karen Hellman.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massages focus on the sub-layer of musculature and fascia in the body. This type of massage requires advanced training. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. (source: massage

Therapists who offer this type of massage: Karen Hellman and Kathryn Hietbrink.


Lymphatic massage is an advanced, customized form of bodywork that enables the lymph system to do its job better. By using very light pressures in a rhythmic, circular motion, a massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently and help it move the lymph fluids back to the heart. Furthermore, by freeing vessel pathways, lymphatic massage can help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.

Therapist who offers this type of massage: Karen Hellman.


Myofascial release therapy is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate healing. It is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.

Therapist who offers this type of massage: Karen Hellman and Kathryn Hietbrink.

Pregnancy or Prenatal

Performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage are both effective and safe prenatally, during labor, and postpartum. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and baby. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her baby.

Therapists who offer this type of massage: Karen Hellman.


Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.

Therapists who offer this type massage: Karen Hellman and Kathryn Hietbrink.

Swedish / Relaxation Massage

One of the most common massage techniques, Swedish massage is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. (source:

Therapists who offer this type of massage: Karen Hellman, Nancy Melin and Kathryn Hietbrink.

Trigger Point

Trigger point herapy is a used for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, muscle massage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Trigger point therapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction. The therapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, and other physical components.

Therapist who offers this type of massage: Nancy Melin.

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