Massage Therapy

At Middle Path Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, we offer the following types of massage therapy to help relieve the aches and pains of everyday life and to promote health and harmony in your life. Call our office today to book an appointment with either Rand Gillen or Ruth Bare, our two Licensed Massage Practitioners.

  • Swedish Massage – the most common type of massage therapy, Swedish massage uses long, soft kneading action on the topmost layers of muscles to relieve tension, improve joint movement, and increase blood flow.
  • Hot Stone Massage – another common massage method in which heated smooth, flat stones are either placed on key points of the client’s body or held by the therapist during active massage. Besides warming and relaxing the muscles for deeper massage, the heat of the stones helps to improve circulation and calm the central nervous system.
  • Cranial-Sacral Therapy – a gentle massage technique that focuses on the bones of the head, spine, and sacrum. Cranial-sacral therapy helps alleviate symptoms related to a variety of health issues, including migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, sports injuries, and neurological problems.
  • Lymph Drainage – another gentle massage therapy that helps stimulate the circulation of body fluids and the functioning of the immune system. Benefits include reduction in inflammation and swelling, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue, and relief of chronic pain.
  • Polarity Therapy – the stimulation and balancing of life energy flows within the body. Bodywork is just one of four approaches involved in polarity therapy, the others including nutrition, exercise, and counseling. Polarity bodywork uses both hands-off and light touch techniques to release tension patterns and stimulate the movement of energy through the body.
  • Jin Shin Jitsu – a gentle, ancient eastern bodywork method that strives to harmonize life energy within the body. Using only minimal pressure, the practitioner will contact 26 different Safety Energy Locks (SELs) within the body in order to redirect or unblock the flow of bodily energy. The result is usually deep relaxation and revived energy.
  • Aromatherapy – the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from natural herbs, flowers, and fruits to enhance the benefits of traditional massage techniques. Particularly well-suited for clients with symptoms related to life stresses or emotional disabilities, such as insomnia, headaches, back pain, and digestive disorders.
  • Contrast Therapy – the immersion of a limb or the entire body into ice water followed by immediate immersion in warm water. The alternating immersion is repeated several times to promote the circulation of blood and fluids in the body’s lymph system. Is most often used to reduce inflammation and swelling around injuries, particularly sports injuries.