Krave Therapeutic Massage

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Massage Modalities

Your therapist will incorporate the modalities you need.


Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage combines several different massage modalities and techniques.  The therapist will usually gauge the client needs then apply the modality necessary for the most beneficial session using several strokes including effleurage, petrissage, kneading, rocking, and some friction and vibration.  Our goal with therapeutic massage is to be therapeutic and work out your muscle tension to relieve aches and pains, but with less pressure than a deep tissue session.  


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.  It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles and can relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held tension points.  During a deep tissue session, your therapist utilizes trigger point therapy, sports techniques, and stretches all while going the extra mile to achieve maximum tension release.  It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two, but your body will continue to respond and release for a few days following treatment.  Some of the same strokes are used as with therapeutic, but we also possibly incorporate additional friction along with percussion, compression, and some skin rolling.  


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a system of long flowing strokes in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.  The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.  Swedish massage is good for reducing muscle aches, improving circulation and reducing stress.  We typically replace Swedish Massage with Therapeutic Massage at Krave ... if you'd like a more relaxing massage only, with less therapeutic work on congestion and tension, please book as Therapeutic & tell your therapist that you'd prefer only a Swedish session with lighter, long fluid strokes.


Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage during pregnancy can help you deal with the massive changes occurring in and around your body.  Prenatal massage reduces stress, peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain.  Care must be taken during the first trimester but prenatal massage is beneficial throughout the whole pregnancy.  Many therapists use a sideline position to practice prenatal massage, and many others use cutout tables.  We prefer to use a pregnancy cushion on the table which allows the client to lay face down at a slight angle which lowers the amount of strain on the belly.  While face up, a pillow is used under the back and a bolster is placed under the knees.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy focuses on areas of hyperirritability in the soft tissue structure.  These can be acute sources of pain or latent, unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by the practitioner. Trigger points are manifested as small contraction knots in the muscles and active ones may cause muscle spasm and referred pain.  The therapist applies firm and direct pressure and is able to locate the specific points causing pain and restricted movement.  These points are often located in places different to where the client actually feels the pain.  These points relate to dysfunction in the neuromuscular junction in muscle, and therefore this modality is different from reflexology & acupressure.  Trigger Point Therapy is incorporated into Deep Tissue sessions.  


Sports Massage

Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries.  It is not meant to be relaxing and can become quite vigorous at times.  Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only utilized by athletes or people that exercise heavily, it is of benefit to anyone that exercises.  It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising.  It uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimize the chances of injury and, if there is injury, to reduce the recovery time.  It most commonly includes kneading, compression, manipulation of muscles, stretching, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.


Scalp Massage

A Scalp Massage is a very relaxing experience and is beneficial in providing relief from headaches, migraines and sinus conditions.  Massaging the scalp can help stimulate the nerves and blood vessels beneath the skin while calming muscle tension around the head.  Scalp massage is usually incorporated into every session.  Please note that your hair may get messed up, but we are careful to limit the amount of lotion and oil that touches your hair & scalp.  If you'd rather not have your scalp massaged, please notify your therapist.  


Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial release is a massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain and increasing range of motion.  It is a gentle blend of stretching and massage done without the use of lubricants, which allows the therapist to "hook" into the fascia.  Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored.  Myofascial release usually involves superficially applying compression or tension in various directions.  Myofascial therapy is usually incorporated into your session at your therapists’ discretion depending upon your needs.  


CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body.  The system includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium, the spinal area, and the sacrum - which are connected by a continuous membrane of connective tissue deep inside the body, called the dura mater.  Cerebral spinal fluid rises and falls within the compartment of the dura mater, known as the CranioSacral Rhythm (CSR).  CranioSacral therapist feels the CSR in the body by lightly touching the base of the skull or the sacrum feeling for disturbances in the rate and flow of the CSR, then uses gentle touch to balance the flow of the CSR.  Once the cerebrospinal fluid moves freely, the body's natural healing response can function.  During a CranioSacral session, we use Lavender Essential Oil to enhance your relaxation and results.  


Lymphatic Drainage Session

The main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification, but it also plays an important role in immunity.  A lymphatic session starts with resisted expansion of the rib cage causing the diaphragm muscles to work harder, the more negative pressure we create, the bigger the volume of lymph that drains into the circulatory system.   We follow with circular motions on the neck, then pumping action on naval area where the biggest lymphatic vessels including the cisterna chyli are... this pumping effort is extremely important for acceleration of lymphatic fluid progression to the thoracic duct.  We then move on to armpits, arms, legs and back focusing on lymph nodes and opening valves to allow accumulated lymph fluid to drain through proper channels.

Dry Brushing and Grapefruit and Citrus essential oils are incorporated into this session as a bonus in achieving optimal results in moving lymph. 

Please note:  This session is designed with particular focus on the lymph system and lymph drainage and is not considered your typical "massage".



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