Synergy provides sports massage therapy services including sports, deep tissue, active release techniques (ART®), Swedish, and pregnancy massage. While our specialty is providing innovative sports massage geared toward the needs of today's elite, professional, or amateur athlete; we do provide massage for anyone who is looking for a great massage or to recover from surgeries or injuries. Many of our clients in the Cleveland area are involved in triathlons, swimming and diving, running, cycling, football, baseball, and basketball, hockey, and ice skating. We are proud to have pro athletes from the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Olympic athletes including runners, soccer players, ice skaters, and more on our client list just to name a few. We offer several sports/massage therapy packages to meet the needs of our regular clients!
Sports Therapy Treatment
Our Sports Therapy Treatment combines multiple massage modalities including any combination of ART, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Swedish Massage, Stretching, and more in order create the best treatment plan for each client. It emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. This type of therapy offers these proven benefits for athletes: enhanced athletic performance, fewer injuries, restored flexibility and range of motion, and faster recovery from injury. It is also equally effective and therapeutic for chronic pain, rehabilitation from surgery, recovery from injury, stress relief, relaxation, and more.
Active Release Techniques - ART®
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Back pain, headaches, shin splints, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and piriformis syndrome are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. This session is ideal for a specific injury only with the session lasting no more than 30 minutes. Please select a 30 minute Sports Therapy Treament for this service. If you have multiple areas for treatment, we recommend going with a 60 minute or longer treatment that will likely include other massage modalities as well.
Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage is a therapeutic and nurturing massage that focuses on the needs of the mother. It can relieve the discomforts associated with pregnancy. It increases the mother's awareness to her areas of tension. It enhances the relaxation experience. This is an important practice before the birth experience. Please select a 30 or 60 minute treatment for this service.
Synergy provides several fitness classes to meet every athletes needs and beyond. In addition to providing classes geared towards athletes, we have buildt a strong group fitness program for all individuals and are the 1st AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga studio in the midwest! We currently offer AntiGravity® Yoga: Open Level and Intermediate Level, AntiGravity® Yoga: Restorative, and AntiGravity® Fitness: AIRbarre and Suspension Fitness. Feel free to contact us if you would like to see other classes at Synergy! We offer several class packages to meet the needs of our regular clients! We also offer workshops from time to time and have the most up to date workshop info here.
AntiGravity Fitness: AIRbarre
AIRbarre by AntiGravity® is the newest method of ballet barre training using the silk AntiGravity® Hammock. This unique aerial dance conditioning class challenges the body and mind beyond the vertical plane with 3D movements that lift you into the air. The AntiGravity® Hammock will help less experienced dancers find alignment, while it will challenge accomplished dancers, giving them more airtime.
AntiGravity Fitness: Suspension Fitness
Flip and fly through space as you increase your cardio and muscular capacity to a bumpin' playlist. Here you'll learn to connect your breath to your movement and fire up your center with no impact, isometric cardio conditioning. Build strength, flexibility and mobility through reverse traction, suspended asanas, flying vinyasas, and levitating meditations. Get your wings out. Together we are going to turn up the volume, turn up the fun and FLY!
AntiGravity Yoga: Intermediate Level
Intermediate level is for those who have already mastered the basic skills and progressions of an AntiGravity Yoga open level class. This class will explore more dynamic sequences, increasing the class flow and difficulty. You should be very comfortable in the hammock and have taken at least 5 AntiGravity Yoga classes prior to this class.
AntiGravity Yoga: Open Level
It is challenging, it is fun, it is effective. AntiGravity Aerial Yoga is a unique fusion technique, revolutionary in relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe. The AntiGravity Hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master simple inversions and finally progress to more advanced poses. This class is open to all levels from beginner to advanced.
AntiGravity Yoga: Restorative
AntiGravity Restorative is the gentle, healing side of AntiGravity Yoga.This powerful method focuses the mind through powerful visualizations as it floats the body through a series of gentle gyro kinetic motions, deeply opening the entire spine, hips, and connective tissues of the body.This technique features full body inversions, alongside various forms of flowing spinal traction. This therapeutic method offers accessibility to students with physical limitations, but is loved by all as a portal into deeper spinal flexibility, and mind/body connection.
Synergy Sports Therapy provides Cryotherapy services for athletes and active adults, as well as aesthetic and health & wellness benefits to the general public. Cryotherapy is endorsed by many doctors, professional athletes, teams, and trainers, Dr. Oz, The Doctors TV Show & ESPN. Synergy provides a natural, safe, noninvasive therapeutic program to aid in athletic performance and recovery, pain and inflammation reduction, and health & wellness by promoting and stimulating the body's natural healing process. We are proud to be the first Cryotherapy location in Ohio.
What is Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Synergy uses a Cryosauna machine that uses liquid nitrogen to lower the client's exterior skin surface from room temperature to 30-35°F (with -202°F on surface of their skin) in 60 seconds or less and keeps it that way for up to 2.5 minutes.
How Does It Work?
A person's skin temperature initially drops to 32°F before rising to 95°F for 30-45 seconds (normal skin temperature is 90.5°) and then goes down to normal. This phenomena results in en energy boost and skin rejuvenation. That effect lasts from 1 1/2 to 3 hours. When the client's exterior skin surface is cooled to these levels, the immune system is stimulated, and every organ in the body is affected positively. The biochemical processes that occur at this time consume a great quantity of energy. It is believed that this process is responsible for fat loss reported by many users.
What Is Happening To My Body During Treatment?
The outer skin is briefly 'frozen', activating increased production of collagen in deeper layers of the skin (similar to lasers treatments of the face, where very hot temperatures are used). The skin regains elasticity and becomes smoother and even-toned, significantly improving conditions such as cellulite and skin aging. Skin vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction (to keep the core temperature from dropping), followed by vasodilation after the procedure. Toxins and other stored deposits are flushed out of the layers of the skin and blood perfusion is improved after several treatments. The anti-inflammatory properties of cryotherapy are also used to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
The extreme cold exposure causes to the body to turn up its metabolic rate in order to produce heat. This effect lasts for 5-8 hours after the procedure, causing the body to 'burn' 500 - 800 Kcal over the hours following the procedure. After several procedures, the increase in metabolic rate tends to last longer between treatments. Another 'survival reaction' to the extreme temperatures is the release of endorphins (hormones) that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and improve mood disorders. Cryotherapy has been studied for the successful treatment of medication resistant depressive disorders. Patients furthermore experience a noticeable increase in libido, lending to the use of cryotherapy for ED and other sexual disorders.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of cryotherapy can drastically improve joint disorders such as rheumatoid- and osteoarthritis. Athletes are using whole body cryotherapy to recover from injuries and improve their performance.
Cryotherapy improves the function of the immune system and decreases stress levels.
Athletic Recovery & Performance
For decades, cold therapy has been commonly used as a procedure to relieve pain symptoms, particularly in inflammation, injuries and overuse symptoms. In sports medicine, Cryotherapy has gained wider acceptance as a recovery modality from muscle injuries by significantly alleviating inflammation after strenuous exercise by inducing an anti-inflammatory effect.
Intense training, overuse and/or insufficient recovery have been known to cause muscle fatigue, injury, and immune compromise
Therefore, achieving the optimal balance between training and recovery is crucial in maximizing performance and avoiding the dreaded "plateau" of any fitness or weight loss program. Which all too often has left many frustrated and unmotivated, as It seems harder and harder to get the energy to lose those last few pounds or crush your strength goals. Cryotherapy can help blow through your plateau to achieve and accede your health and fitness endeavor.
Cryotherapy has been shown to burn 500-800 calories per session. This is optimal to help prime your body prior to your workout for increased energy, vitality, metabolic rate and fat burning. Cryotherapy before your workout, race or game can increase your performance as well as aid in a faster recovery.
Inflammation is a cell and tissue response to insult or injury. Chemical signals released by damaged cells result in dilation of blood vessels, swelling, accumulation of white blood cells and warming of tissue. Cryotherapy promotes anti-inflammatory properties, which decrease soreness in a post-workout state as well as provide pain relief by constricting the blood vessels. Cryotherapy also elicits the 'fight or flight' response, which not only decreases inflammation but also affects your body's perception of symptomatic pain.
Additional Reported Benefits
Decreased muscle soreness
Psychological competitive edge
Decreased injury recovery time
Quicker recovery from workouts, practice, and games
Increased blood and lymph circulation
Boost immune system
Health & Wellness
During Cryotherapy treatment the skin vessels and capillaries undergo a period of vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels) followed by vasodilatation (dilation of blood vessels) upon finishing the session. These causes Toxins stored in the layers of the skin to be broken down and flushed away. The intense cold (-270) activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, leaving your skin firm and tight. After several treatments clients have noticed the skin becoming smoother and more even toned with regained elasticity and improved overall "youthful" feeling. A reduction in the appearance of cellulite and an increase of the skins elasticity has also be seen in repeated sessions, which that Cryotherapy's anti-aging benefits.
Exposure to extreme cold during Cryotherapy tricks the body into thinking it's going into hypothermia, causing it to boost its metabolic rate in order to maintain and increase heat production. This "hacking" of the metabolism causes the body to burn between 500-800 extra calories. Cryotherapy may be the powerful training partner your weight-loss program needs.
Energy & Mood
When you undergo a session of Cryotherapy the brain releases natural "feel good" endorphins to help cope with the extreme cold temperatures. These same endorphins increase energy levels and leave you with a euphoric feeling for reported up to 8 hours by clients following a session. These naturally boosted "euphoric" endorphins have been known to improve sleep and aid in the treatment of depression and other mental health ailments.
Additional Reports Benefits
Decreased fatigue, anxiety, and depression
Tighter, healthier skin
Decreased incidence of colds and flu
Weight loss assistance
Relief from severe acne
Pain & Inflammation
Cryotherapy is a safe and natural pain therapy that can be customized to your needs, goals, and pain issues. Cryotherapy works for pain by eliciting the body's "fight or flight" response , which stimulates the production of endorphins, thus decreasing the body's perception of symptomatic pain. Cryotherapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other pain management techniques such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy, which enhances the effectiveness and maximizes the benefits. Chronic pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition, so put your pain on ice at Synergy.
Pain & Injury Recovery
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of cryotherapy can drastically improve joint disorders such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. After emerging from the chamber clients report a pleasant warm feeling throughout the whole body. All joints move more fluidly, they feel strong, and full of energy; this initial positive effect may last up to eight hours. The immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for five minutes, but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect, where the pains and signs of inflammation as found in blood tests remain suppressed for weeks. This type of cryotherapy is used to manage fibromyalgia, amongst other disorders. In sports medicine, Whole Body Cryotherapy has gained wider acceptance as a method to improve recovery from muscle injury.
Inflammation is a biological response of tissues and cells to injury and cellular damage, and acts as a protective attempt by the body to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. The problem is that the receptors involved in pain are also present in inflammation; their activation causes the inflammatory reaction. These chemical signals released by damaged cells result in dilation of blood vessels, accumulation of white blood cells, warming of tissue and swelling. Cryotherapy combats this response by constricting the blood vessels, thus decreasing inflammation. Whether pain or inflammation is keeping you from your favorite activity or hobby such as sports, biking, running or gardening, or if you are simply finding yourself less active and more irritable due to chronic debilitating pain and inflammation, then Cryotherapy is your answer.
Additional Reported Benefits
Reduction in pain & inflammation
Assists in a quicker surgical recovery
Aids in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis
Helps with the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia
We are dedicated to providing top quality care and service utilizing the most innovative skills, techniques, and technologies available in sports therapy today. We believe that massage therapy is not a luxury, but a necessary healthcare service that should be a part of every individuals regular healthcare routine. We would be honored to work with you to help you become pain free, restore movement in your body, recover from surgery, improve athletic performance, help you reduce stress, or anything you throw our way! Give us a chance to show you why we are the best kept secret in Cleveland!