A Graceful Touch  /  Physician's Touch - 248 687 4465  Holistic Health Care, Massage & Spa Services
Back massage relieving pain and stress   
Swedish Massage
Our most popular massage is a soothing, relaxing series of massage techniques that produce a wonderful rejuvenating experience. This classic massage is good for tight muscles, stress management and general relaxation. It utilizes a light to medium pressure touch that helps increase circulation, reduce muscle tension, cleanses lymphatic system leaving you with an overall sense of well being. Regular Swedish Massage sessions improve and increase the quality of your life.         
                  Deep Muscle Therapy
Deep Tissue  Back Massage
Especially effective for back, neck, shoulder pain and stiffness. We use advanced massage techniques that reach the deeper layers of muscles, tendons and ligaments, plus the use of trigger points to relieve chronic pain, cross fiber stroke to ease contacted muscles, range of motion  and Assisted Isolated Stretching™ to increase flexibility and reduce pain in joints, moist heat and or (when needed) ice massage therapy, use of aromatherapy and topical herbal remedies... all combined to reduce chronic pain, correct misalignments, restructure tissue and eliminate discomfort.  
Sports Massage
Excellent for anyone who participates in physical activities, with or without sports injuries. Sports Massage includes the same techniques as in the Deep Tissue/Deep Muscle Massage (see above); however, specific attention is placed on sports related body mechanics or injury as well as those groups of muscles, tendons and ligaments involved in your particular sports activity.
Hot stones for shoulder and chest hot stones for spinal relaxation Hot Stone Massage 
This specialty massage uses smooth, heated stones in conduction with several different massage techniques. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release while increasing the flow of blood that brings healing and nutrition to tissues. Before you arrive, the stones are sanitized and heated to 120 and 150 degree water.  The therapist uses traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.  The therapist might also leave heated stones on pressure points, in specific points along your spine, or in the palms of your hand, or even between your fingers and toes to improve the flow of energy in your body by opening chi centers, acupressure points, chakras and nerves  

Hawaii Lomi-Lomi Massage   Also sometime called Kahuna Massage was developed in the Hawaiian Islands.   Rhythmic dance-like movements of the therapist's hands and forearms are used to break-up fibrous and edema, alleviate muscle spasm, and increase metabolism. The therapist utilizes  techniques such as compression, vibration, acupressure, deep-tissue work, range of motion of all joints, interactive resistance, and visceral (stomach/ abdomen) massage, arms, hands, legs and feet to complete alignment of the body. Very relaxing, flowing, soothing and healing. Draping options are fine.  

Esalen Massage (EM)
Esalen Massage developed in Big Sir, Califoria Esalen Maggae is known for its healing and nurturing touch> It  combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of the acupressure points and no draping or clothing is is recommend. EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Taught and trademarked by the Esalen Institute, in the California coast where the Red Wood Forest meets the cliffs at the Pacific ocean, EM aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace
You can expect a well trained Esalen Massage practitioner to: 
a. Wait and listen for your breath before making initial contact.
b .Gentle rocking to help the body let go of rigidity.
c Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.
d. Making small circular movements around joints to encourage release.
e. Bringing the whole body weight into the movement.
f. A little unpredictability to ease away holding patterns.
g. Allowing time to pause.
h .Remembering that everybody loves and wants to be touched.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Cranial Alignment, Cranio-Sacral & Scalp Massage
Cranio-Sacral therapy involves the manipulation of the skull bones (the cranium) and the sacrum(a bone between the lumbar and tail bone in the lower back)
Like other holistic therapies, this one emphasizes subjective concepts such as energy, harmony, balance, rhythm and flow. Cranio-sacral therapy detects the cranio-sacral "rhythm" in the cranium, sacrum, cerebra-spinal fluid and the membranes which envelop the central
nervous system.  The balance and flow of this rhythm is considered essential to good health. This fluid is a connection between brain and body, the body and brain . This rhythm is measured by the sensitivity and experience of a qualified Cranio-Sacral Therapist . Any
imbalances in this flow of cerebral-spinal fluid ( thready,  uneven, too weak or too strong etc.) will cause mis-communication between the brain to the body and back to the brain.  If the rhythm and this flow is in any need of any correction, the therapist will be able to make the necessary adjustments in position of the cranial and sacral bones, effecting the rhythm and flow .  This technique can be included in  a regular  session as a adjunct to massage therapy
Neuro-Muscular Technique & 
Soft-Tissue Manipulation  Neuromuscular massage is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on specific area soft the body. The pressure may continue for a period of up to thirty seconds at a time, and is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle.
The theory behind neuromuscular massage is that when a muscle spasms,  due to one of any number of stimuli/ it is not caused by a spasm in the entire muscle, but by a spasm in a very centralized area of the muscle, which may then reverberate to other areas of the muscle, causing pain.
This small area is called a trigger point because it is the area that “triggers” pain in another area of the muscle, sometimes called referring or transferring.
When a muscle (or trigger point) spasms in the body, blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow is diminished, oxygen necessary for the muscle to work properly is also decreased, causing a buildup of lactic acid. This causes a sensation similar to the one felt after working out.  This style massage is often included in deep tissue and sports  massage sessions.  
                                     Reflexology Massage      
Hand and foot massage using fingers and thumb pressure to stimulate the reflex points that refer to all the major internal organs, muscles, nerves, joints and spinal column. This also assists in removing toxins that build up due to gravity and weak circulation and it feels good too!!! 

      Upper Body Massage  
back massageThis treatment is great for those who have stress, tension, pain and stiffness in the back, neck and shoulders. This massage incorporates the same techniques used in Deep Tissue/Deep Muscle Massage and utilizes a traditional massage table or the ever increasingly popular "massage chair." The therapist focuses on easing tension, reducing pain, correcting posture and increasing circulation in the areas you need it the most.
  Aromatherapy Massage
Floral Herbs ans Aromatherapy.Included with a relaxing Swedish Massage (see above) is the added olfactory dimension of Aromatherapy; the art and science of essential oils. These oils are derived from the highest quality flowers and herbs that have healing properties. A custom blend is created for each client. This blend is then added to massage oil and applied to the body and diffused in the air. The molecules of the essential oils are small enough to penetrate gently through the skin and lungs and enter your body with ease. Aromatherapy helps conditions of fatigue, stress, headache, muscle aches, bronchitis and sinusitis. This aromatic experience can also help uplift, calm and relax.

 Facial, TMJ & Scalp Therapy / Massage  

Facial and Scalp Treatment can be included , adding this treatment on to you massage session or can be a standalone service. 
 Much tension is stored in the facial muscles and scalp muscles. This tension is a contraction due to stress.  The jaw is a good example of where stress can start and can be stored. Jaw pain, *TMJ , jaw ,neck and throat discomfort, Also headaches in the temporal areas of your head (the area above your ears on one or both sides of your head) are a symptom of TMJ. 
Many people hold stress and tension in their jaw.  Just imagine someone is being confronted with something they seriously disagree with but are not in a position to say nor do anything without serious consequences...  What happens with most of those people is the jaw will lock down, clenching the jaw. tightening  muscles of the jaw, wearing out the teeth,, contracing the throat, neck and tongue.  Then the tension transfers to the temporal area of the head...creating tension headaches on the side of the head . Also one will begin to developed lines / winkles called crows feet above the cheeks below the outside of the eyes on either side. 
Another area of contraction is above the nose in between the eyebrows creating what is commonly called 11 lines. . 
.  As the jaw, throat, face, eyes and brows contact that pulls on the scalp muscles which is adjacent and attached to those muscles. Then the scalp, through the transference of this stress and tension become contacted.  Headaches, eye strain, jaw pain, neck and shoulder (the shoulder is attached to the jaw, throat and neck) 
Face and scalp massage can relieve, manage and diminish the effects of stress and creating a more youthful and peaceful appearance.

Scalp Massage, Cranial Alignment, Cranio - Sacral Therapy

Pre-NatalPrenatal/Postnatal Massage
Specifically designed massage techniques
to assist the mother-to-be throughout the stages of pregnancy and after delivery. Using modified Swedish Massage complementary to the developing baby while easing tension and stress, reducing pain and stiffness, increasing circulation and cleansing lymphatic. This massage is performed on a uniquely designed massage table that accommodates the expectant mother's chest and belly so she is able to lay face down with ease and comfort for all nine months. Special attention is given to those tender or tight areas neck, shoulders, back, including Reflexology for the feet. This massage is also available in a Nine Month Gift Package Series as a special price
                              Myo-Facial Release
This style of body work is an adjunct to a massage session and can e included in a regular session or isolated  and applied as a single therapy. 
The fascia is connective tissue that covers muscles, organs and skeletal components. .So let us understand what fascia is. It surrounds all of the muscles, internal structures and organs . It separates and supports structures of tissue giving them format and stability. You could look at it as an inner body stocking. Or for those who have cleaned chicken it is that transparent, whitish,  strong tissue that surrounds everything. When it is healthy it can be stretches and shortened and will return to its original state. However when it becomes tense or over stretched it can become fixed and looses its ability to be playable. Which in turn, causes decreased range of motion , discomfort and eventually distortion in structure. skeletal alignment. Thus, effecting posture and the position of the internal organs.
 Keeping sustained pressure over time is key to utilizing the technique safely and effectively.Both direct and indirect fascia release grow out of the world of physical therapy. 
Myo Facial release is a different kind of body work than regular Swedish Massage. It focuses on breaking up the constrictions of the fascia, described above. During a session the therapist will be shift, lift and roll the fascia that under the skin and surrounding  muscle tissue.  This opens and releases those constrictions, freeing the fascia, the underlying muscles and tissue.  Which transfers deep with in the body, realigning skeleton Allowing proper posture to re-position  internal organs as well.  When the facial is free the body is free to move and function normally.

Hawaiian Dolphin Touch™ Massage
Energy Healing Hands Smooth, elongated, rhythmical massage strokes, in cycles of 7, just like ocean waves that come upon and then gently retract the length of your body. These massage strokes follow the rhythm of your breath, which is in harmony with your heartbeat. You experience a profound sense of relaxation and tranquility, inducing a euphoric state. Very calming, excellent for the nervous system, circulation and lymphatic system.

Jaw , Neck Throat, Shoulder Therapy.  
to be continued soon 

Body-Mind  Massage
Transformational Healing                                 
healing Hands of Light Held within the physical body is the sub-consciousness awareness and memory of the entire being: all the physical conditions as well as the mental, emotional and spiritual components. This massage utilizes manual technique (Swedish & Deep tissue massage) along with conscious awareness techniques to locate and identify these deeper issues located within the tissue that are preventing wholeness and healing. The use of Body/Mind Medicine in conjunction with  therapeutic massage facilitates transformation  one's conscious awareness level, profound a acceleration of physical well-being and a deep sense of peace and understanding will be experienced.
chair massage, On-Site Chair Massage, Neck and Shoulder Chair Massage Chair Massage
On-Site Work Place Massage
This style of massage uses a specially designed "massage chair" so you can be fully clothed and seated while the therapist focuses attention to the neck, shoulders, back and arms. This helps reduce stress, eases muscle pain and tension, increases energy and mental clarity. Especially
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