SERVICES / MASSAGE
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There are numerous benefits of massage, and scientific evidence has proven that massage is one of the best methods, not surgery or drugs, for treating back pain.
Most of our clients have come to us looking for relief after all other doctor-recommended treatments have failed: drugs, i.e. painkillers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, chiropractic, and physical therapy. While having the research to validate the effectiveness of massage is great, what's more important, are the results you can see and feel when getting off the massage table. Many clients have expressed that they wished they had tried massage first BEFORE surgery.
Below are brief explanations of the types of massage or modalities that we offer in our Durham studio. Sessions may include one or more of them(this includes cupping) depending on the goals of the session. All massage modalities are priced the same, we base our prices on time. Once your therapist completes the Health Intake/consult, we will determine with you what modalities will best serve your needs. Read our Blog Your first massage session at BCS.
The many benefits of massage include but are not limited to:
Relieve chronic pain(neck, back, hip, knee)
Lower blood pressure
Reduce muscle tension
Increased range of motion
Relieve stress, anxiety, & depression
Prevent sports injuries
Increase recovery time
Help Fibromyalgia pain
Improve cardiovascular health
Relieve tension headaches
Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Relieve postoperative pain
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Ashiatsu is a deep compression barefoot massage where the therapist utilizes parallel bars on the ceiling for support and balance. Using gravity and body weight, the therapist can deliver a consistent deep tissue massage with the feet. The broader surface of the foot makes the compression smooth and comprehensive and not bony or pokey like using an elbow, thumb or knuckles. If you love deep work but have difficulty finding a therapist to deliver, then Ashiatsu may be perfect for you! It's great for chronic conditions such as back/hip pain, shoulder pain, or scoliosis. It's also extremely beneficial for cross-fitters, runners, cyclists and all types of athletes looking for treatment and prevention of injuries, increased range of motion, fast recovery, and long-lasting results. Ashiatsu is our signature massage and all therapists are highly trained and qualified in Ashiatsu.
ROM, short for Range of Motion, is a deep compression massage where the client lies fully clothed on a massage table while the ashiatsu therapist takes their body through a series of passive, active and resisted range of motion techniques that will help increase their flexibility. With each deep breath and stretch, holding patterns of stress and tension will melt away! This is an awesome modality for someone looking for a full body Thai massage or assisted stretching. It addresses many types of athletic injuries, chronic pain, and provides deep relaxation. Perfect for any size client and athletes love it! ROM is NOT recommended during pregnancy or within six weeks of any surgery.
ROM can be a stand-alone session (please wear comfortable yoga-like clothing) or may be incorporated into any 60-minute, 90-minute or 120-minute massage session.
Janet Travell developed Trigger Point Therapy and was a pioneer in the research and treatment of myofascial pain. Clinical research has shown that trigger points (TPs) are often responsible for issues such as headaches, muscle weakness and pain, restricted movement and even dizziness.
An active myofascial trigger point is an area of hypersensitivity found in an abnormally tightened band of muscle that causes a referred pain and other sensations to other parts of the body. TPs form following acute trauma, chilling or chronic overload. When the involved TP’s are located and inactivated, the pain often disappears immediately. Effective treatment can be performed by massage therapists clinically trained according to the protocol outlined in Travell Trigger Point manuals.
Pregnancy massage is specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. It utilizes a comfortable, secure side-lying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. The mother’s body is comfortably supported by pillows and bolsters. Latasha Clemons and Jessica Kovach are certified and specifically trained in Prenatal massage. They have specific knowledge of the precautions/ contraindications and understand all stages of pregnancy. In addition to pain relief and emotional support, Prenatal Massage helps increase circulation and flow of nutrients to the placenta, aids postural realignment, provides relief to joints, helps relieve back pain, fatigue and reduces swelling/edema. Pregnancy massage is also beneficial to postpartum in that it aids in the process of the uterus returning to its normal size, releases shoulder, neck and arm tension from care and feeding of an infant. Please call the office 919.477.9887 BEFORE scheduling if you are in your first trimester.
Our floor barefoot massage technique may contain a combination of Fijian barefoot massage, Rossiter and ROM. Fijian barefoot massage is a sports type with specific deep pressure followed by a vigorous vibrational movement to larger muscle groups to activate weak inhibited muscles and encourage neuromuscular connections.
We combine this floor treatment with the Rossiter System® that was created by an advanced Rolfer to address structural pain, dysfunction, and immobility by addressing the fascia. It's a two-person pin-and stretch release technique where the therapist strategically anchors the tissue with their foot while the client performs specific motions and stretches. The therapist simply provides the pin and YOU control the movement and stretch so that you have an active part in your pain relief and recovery.
The combination of these techniques on the floor with the client fully clothed is a great alternative for shorter sports sessions, clients who would prefer to remain clothed during the session, clients that prefer a session similiar to Thai on the floor, or for public local events.
A modern form of vacuum therapy where the therapist uses a vacuum machine with glass or plastic cups to glide over the skin and underlying tissue to create space in restricted areas, release old scars and fascial adhesions. Using suction and vacuum pressure also helps to increase blood flow to restricted areas, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release and open lymphatic pathways from excess fluids and toxins. The discoloration you may see afterward is called a “cup kiss” or “doo-hickey.” This could indicate a release of intense stagnation of body fluid and toxins in the area. This is not a bruise and will dissipate anywhere between a few hours and a few days. It is also unlikely that it will re-occur in the same area. Beneficial for pain reduction, lymph drainage, scar reduction, athletic performance enhancement, sciatica, and neuralgia. Can be performed within any 30/60/90 minute massage session.
A couple's massage usually takes place in the SAME room, at the SAME time, side by side, each with their own massage therapist. Couples massage is a great way to introduce someone to massage if they are apprehensive about trying it for the first time. They may be more comfortable and able to relax more for their first massage experience if they are not alone and with someone they trust. This type of experience can be a great bonding time for couples, a fun girls night out or even a special mother and daughter occasion!
Please let us know how we can customize your time together whether it's with aromatherapy, special music, chocolate or flowers. Couples massage is perfect for Valentine's Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries or other special occasions!
Of course, we have the option of providing a couple's massage in separate rooms for those who don't want to share the same room but want their massage at the same time. To schedule a couples massage, please call 919-477-9887 for availability and specify whether you prefer the same or separate rooms.