Fascia Bodywork & Massage
842 California Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108
60 minute massage: $70
90 minute massage: $100
Chair Massage: $1 per minute
*The menu is a comparative list of various massage and bodywork practices. It is intended to provide a brief overview of each practice and should not be viewed as comprehensive guide.
Swedish massage is the most well-known type of massage. Most spas have it on their menu. This massage incorporates a variety of strokes—effleurage(gliding), petrissage(kneading), friction(rubbing), tapotement(tapping), and vibration(shaking)—all of which help increase relaxation, circulation, and emotional well-being. During a session the client is disrobed and draped with a sheet on the table. Oil is applied to the client’s skin to help the massage strokes flow smoothly. Only the part of the body that is being massaged is undraped during the massage sequence. Swedish massage can help remove toxins from the body, deliver nutrients to cells, and help the body recover from strains or trauma.
Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” in Japanese and is a technique derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Pressure is applied along channels of the body called meridians, the pathways by which the flow of “life force energy,” referred to as ki or chi, circulates. During a session the client is clothed and lies on a padded surface on the floor or on a massage table. Pressure is applied with fingers, hands, elbows or knees. Gentle stretching is also included to help facilitate range of movement and improve the flow of energy.
In this massage hot stones of various sizes and shapes are used to massage the body. Basalt stones are typically used for this type of massage because they are composed of heavy metals, such as iron, aluminum and magnesium, which allow them to conduct and hold heat for up to 45 minutes—the length of time required for a full body massage. The heat and hardness of the stones enable the therapist to work with deeper pressure on specific areas of pain or tension. This type of massage can be used in conjunction with Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques.
During this type of massage specific essential oils are blended and added to a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and massaged into the skin. Essential oils are extracted from plants and flowers and are very concentrated, potent and aromatic. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits. For example, lavender is relaxing and rosemary is stimulating. Essential oils are absorbed by the skin and transported via the circulatory system and lymphatic system to organs, glands, nerves and soft tissue. Essential oils can be incorporated into any style of massage.
This massage involves techniques designed to release tension, increase flexibility, and improve posture. Long, slow strokes of sustained pressure are appled directly on the muscle fibers in order to break up scar tissue and adhesions, increase blood flow, and lengthen tight muscles. Passive and active stretches are also employed to increase range of movement. The client can be clothed or disrobed and coverd with sheet on the table. Only the area being massaged is unvcovered, and oils are not used. An assessment of the client’s posture, flexibility, and range of movement is given before a session to determine where the body is holding tension. An additional assesmen is given after the session to determine the degree of improvement.
Sports massage is a method used to enhance athletic performance and reduce recovery time. There are three contexts in which sports massage is applied: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is given at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed, and applies fast-paced, rhythmic compressions to stimulate blood flow and warm up muscles. Post-event massage is given on site, usually through the clothes, and its aim is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Typically, injuries are treated during or after an event.
This massage involves techniques designed to to affect the deep layers of tissue. Deep pressure is applied slowly--usually with elbows, knuckes, forearms or fists-- to break up adhesions, knots, and chronic tension. In order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, the therapist must first warm and relax the target area, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the therapist from reaching the deeper layers of tissue. Generally, this massage is integrated with other massage techniques such as Swedish or Sports Massage. Oil is used, sparingly, to allow for friction and deep, sustained pressure. The client is disrobed and draped with a sheet on the table, and the sheet is adjusted to uncover the target area that is receiving massage.
This massage involves a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits comfortably. Seated massage includes various bodywork and massage techniques, such as Shiatsu, Swedish, and MFT massage. During a session the client is fully clothed. Sessions are usually 15-30 minutes and are held in a variety of settings, including businesses, airports, and street fairs. The purpose of chair massage is to energize (or calm) the client so that they can carry on with the rest of a stressful or hectic day.
This massage is mainly used to help relieve the symptoms associated with TMJ Syndrome, but it can be used to relieve the same symptoms associated with different conditions. The symptoms of TMJ Syndrome include one or more of following: clicking or popping of the jaw, chronic sore throat, limited vision, headache or toothache, burning, tingling sensations in the face, tenderness and swelling on the sides of the face, loss of mental clarity, changes in hearing, ear prone to infection, sinus pain, decreased range of movement in the jaw, tinnitus(ringing in ears or dizziness).
Acupressure massage includes techniques developed from traditional Chinese medicine. Finger pressure is applied on specific points along channels of the body called meridians, the pathways by which “vital energy,” referred to as qi or chi, circulates. An acupressure massage modulates the flow of this vital energy to prevent illness and foster health. Acupressure points are associated with organs in the body, and when a point is pressed, it can either stimulate energy or relieve pain in the corresponding area. During a session the client usually remains clothed on a massage table or on a padded surface on the floor, and oils are not used.
Trigger Point Therapy is a method used to release trigger points, tender areas located in tight bundles of muscle that radiate pain to other parts of the body. Trigger points feel like lumps or knots and are extremely sore when pressed. At the begining of the massage the target area is warmed to stimulate blood flow and make the surrounding tissue pliable. Then deep, sustained pressue is applied, usually with knuckles or fingers, to help diffuse the trigger point. During the massage the client is disrobed and draped with a sheet on the massage table, and the sheet is adjusted to uncover the area that is receiving massage. A minimal amount of oil is used to allow friction and facilitate the release the trigger point. After trigger point is diffused, gentle stretches and movements are incorporated to keep the muscle relaxed. A common location of trigger points is in the muscle of the shoulder. Trigger points in this area are ususally associated with pain in the back of the neck or headaches.
Lymphatic massage assists the circulation of the lymphatic system, which is essential for proper functioning of the immune system. The lymphatic system runs alongside the blood and collects and filters away cell debris, which is then dumped into the bloodstream and circulated to the liver for removal. It is full of lymph, a pale, yellow, watery fluid that collects at nearly 800 nodes throughtout the body. When the lymphatic system gets blocked by an infection or becomes overloaded by toxins, the system’s circulation slows down and cells don’t get enough nourishment or protection. A blocked lymph can result in swollen nodes that feel like hard lumps and a sore throat. During a session the client is disrobed and draped with a sheet on the table, and only the area being massaged is uncovered during the sequence. Pulsing pressure is applied along the pathways of the lympahtic system to assist movement of lymph.
Reflexology involves manipulating the feet in order to improve circulation, ease pain, and increase relaxation in the body. Reflexology is based on the theory that all body parts, organs, and glands are associated and related energetically with specific areas, called reflex zones, in the feet, hands, ears, and surface of the skin. When a specific zone is massaged, the corresponding body part is aided and affected. Becasue the feet have a large concentration of nerve endings and are easy to grasp and manipulate, reflexology treatments usually focus on the feet. The energy of the entire body can be affected by manipulating of the feet. During a session only the feet are exposed and either oil or lotion is used.
Your session will be one that is tailored to your needs and goals. You may choose a specific technique, or, if you are not sure, we can design a session that uses a combination of techniques and therapies.
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Fascia Bodywork & Massage
842 California Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108