There are many forms of body work and making the decision about what is best for you can be daunting. Your first visit with us will include an intake process that involves a discussion about what previous (if any) bodywork you have had. We will ask questions that will help us decide what might work best for you. There are very few contraindications in massage; that determination would be made upon reviewing your intake form.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage doesn't have to hurt! We believe in working with your body, not against it. Deep tissue massage involves a series of strokes on the targeted muscle group, providing attention to the muscle tendon, its origin and insertion, cross fiber strokes, focused lines against and along the muscle fibers, and pin and stretch movements. These strokes stimulate the nervous system, causing the muscle (and you) to relax.
Swedish massage consists of long flowing strokes. The rhythmic pattern of the strokes bathes your nervous system with signals of relaxation. All strokes promote increased oxygenation of the heart, and the push of excess fluid toward the lymphatic drainage system. This technique can be performed with light or deep pressure.
Traditional Thai "hip opener" Massage – Let us do your Yoga for you!
"Like a thousand gentle waves washing over the body" – Chongkol Setthakorn, founder of the International Training Massage School. A Thai "hip opener" session involves you in flexible clothing, allowing one of us to gently lead your body through a series of yogic stretching combined with compression massage. The ancient art of Traditional Thai massage is similar to the movements of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga and works along energy lines similar, in theory, to Chinese medicine meridian lines. The most essential element in a Thai session is the trust you build with us as practitioners to become aware of your needs both physically and energetically – the knowledge that you are safe and communication is key!
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. It is like no other therapy when it comes to relieving the body of muscle tension, energetic blocks, and toxins penetrating tissues up to four inches deep. Glass cups are used to create localized circulation through a vacuum, forcing blood and lymph flow where the area is blocked or deficient. Cupping on the back follows the five meridian lines in Chinese medicine, rebalancing the channels through which life energy flows – supporting your mood and physical well-being. Book a fire cupping session today and experience a sedation of your nervous system and relief from fatigue, anxiety, and muscle tension that has failed to respond to other body therapies.
(Fascia is the tough membrane that wraps, connects, and supports all of your muscles). During Myofascial Release therapy, your therapist will locate myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable. These areas are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements that can contribute to widespread muscle pain. The technique involves applying gentle sustained pressure in restricted areas. Myofascial release is performed without the use of oil and honors the techniques "time element" that allows slow, low-pressure strokes to elongate the fascia. Depending on your needs, a deep pressure form of Myofascial Release may be utilized.
Shiatsu, or accupressure release, can be recieved as a full session with you fully clothed receiving finger or elbow pressure along specific points of the Chinese acupuncture meridian lines. This full body acupressure treatment is a systematic reset, supporting immune, digestive, nervous, hormonal, urinary, and respiratory systems. Shiatsu can be included in an integrative massage session with its incredible ability to alleviate muscular tension. Pressure points on the face can alleviate sinus congestion, tired eyes, and migraines!
The first written reference to the movement of the spinal nerves and its importance in life, clarity, and "bringing quiet to the heart" is found in a 4,000-year-old text from China. CranioSacral Therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light pressure and energy to balance the craniosacral rhythm.The movement and flow of cerebrospinal fluid impacts nervous system function thus affecting all other body systems including muscle tension. Ask us to integrate CranioSacral techniques into an integrative session.
Powerful Vibrational healing with singing bowls can be applied to an integrative therapeutic session to aid in the balance of body, mind, and spirit.
Hello and welcome to the practice of Lisa Dike and Kiersten Olivetti. We both received our schooling at Wellness Massage Center and Institute in St. Albans, Vermont. Our mission is to help you experience yourself as whole, by relieving the blockages of pain. We value a comprehensive intake process and will create treatment specific to you. We are sincerely dedicated to working through the layers of your body's unique and complex needs. We are committed to providing sustained improvement in the quality of life of our clients. Let us help you along your journey towards self-healing.
After 30 years in the Medical and Dental field I began to explore a career change that would allow me to work one on one with individuals in their search for overall well-being. Massage became an interest as I began seriously exploring my own health and wellness goals. I discovered first hand that massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, and reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress. After my initial training I have continued my education, studying additional modalities such as hot stone therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and Traditional Thai Massage. I also received my national board certification in massage therapy. I incorporate these different techniques and modalities into each bodywork session to achieve what an individual needs for mind and body that day; be it a gentle flowing full-body massage or a clinical massage focusing on specific areas.
My journey into the healing arts began when I sought alternative relief from chronic bad posture and anxiety. My personal experience showed me that the body holds our emotional and physical past. Through body work, I was able to change my posture, which decreased my anxiety, resolved my musculoskeletal pain, and improved the way I carried myself through life. My time spent earning a Bachelor's degree in Wellness and Alternative Medicine inspired me to heal and guide through body-work – Conventional medicine has its shortcomings when it comes to healing the relationship between mind, body, and soul! I'm in this profession to help people see themselves clearly, without chronic muscular pain and debilitating stress. I've received further education in Traditional Thai massage, fire cupping, hot stones, Shiatsu, CranioSacral techniques, Shamanic studies, and vibrational healing.
30 Minute Focused Massage
If you are short on time this may be the service for you. We are happy to work on a specific area! Great for someone struggling with chronic neck or back issues.
60 Minute Therapeutic Massage
Each session includes an intake process that allows us to work together to accomplish your specific goals. 60 minute sessions can include any of our modalities listed to create a customized massage.
90 Minute Therapeutic Massage
This session affords the luxury of time for the mind and body to relax. 90 minute sessions can include any of our modalities listed to create a customized massage.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Our mission is to help you experience yourself as whole, by relieving the blockages of pain. We value a comprehensive intake process and will create treatment specific to you. We are sincerely dedicated to working through the layers of your body’s unique and complex needs. We are committed to providing sustained improvement in the quality of life of our clients. Let us help you along your journey towards self-healing.