All of our therapists have extensive training and experience with Swedish, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Massage Therapy.
In addition we have all taken continuing education training in areas of particular interest to us.
If you go to the drop down menus under services you will get lots of info on each service we provide. If your device does not display our drop down menus you can see a brief description of some of the different specialty modalities we offer including Ashiatsu, Prenatal Massage, Hot/Cold Stones and Thai Herbal Ball Therapy below.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy™
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy™ (AOBT) is a barefoot massage technique using deep compression effleurage strokes that glide over the body. Gravitational force is combined with centrifugal and centripetal movements.This creates a structural change in chronic soft tissue damage. Correct application will provide deep relaxation and stimulate the lymphatic system of the body. Ceiling bars are used to support and balance the therapist and lubricant is applied to the body.
Please read this info carefully and make note of the contraindications listed below. If you schedule an appointment and Christine feels Ashi is not appropriate for you, she will provide a regular deep tissue session. We are taking these precautions to avoid client injury because the depth and style of pressure are different for AOBT. With clear and precise communication, Christine will arrive at a compression level that is therapeutic for each client. She will confirm that you understand the nature of the technique and that you do not have preexisting conditions that should prevent you from having a session. We also ask that you give immediate feedback during the session to avoid any discomfort.
This work is known as "The Deepest, Most Luxurious Massage on the Planet" so we're sure you will enjoy it!
AOBT should not be received if any of the following circumstances are present: Pregnant or trying to get pregnant, Breast implants within 9 months, Boils, skin lesions or abscesses, varicose veins, Recent eye procedures/ Lasik surgery within 72 hours, Tuberculosis, thrombosis, aneurysm, kidney disorders, recent bowel or hernia surgery, Any acute inflammatory conditions such as active phlebitis/ cellulitis, Persons on Coumadin, Lovenox, Heparin or heavy aspirin, Uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart condition, pacemaker, stent or shunt, Rib fracture, osteoporosis in advance stage, Any recent (acute) injuries or surgeries
Hospice and Caregiver Massage
We provide in-home massage therapy for chronically and terminally ill patients with the approval and guidance of a primary care professional. We work to help reduce pain and stress, especially at the end of life. The price for these visits is at a reduced rate of $80.00 thanks to the generous contributions from several regular clients. We have funds for free sessions if necessary. Travel expense, new client fee and gratuity are included so $80 is the total charge.
We also offer a massage workshop, in Rockville homes or at our office, for caregivers and family members. The goal is to provide stress relief techniques and self-care ideas that the family can benefit from, long after our visit. The price is $120.00 and the workshop lasts approximately 75 minutes. Included in the price is the DVD program Touch, Caring and Cancer, a $39.95 value. The DVD and workbook are available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
If you know a family in need of these services you can order a gift certificate but please call us first to discuss their specific needs. Obviously we want to handle the scheduling of these visits with the utmost care and sensitivity.
We have many slots each week when two therapists are in the office together including days, evenings and weekends. If you would like to schedule with a friend, family member, partner or spouse please email us at [email protected]
with a few days and times and we will get back to you. (Obviously once a therapist schedules a single client the couples possibility goes away so try to request at least a week in advance for special occasions). Our office includes a private couples sanctuary room. There's a decorative fireplace and lots of space so you can have your massage together, if you choose. Some pairs want to come in at the same time but prefer separate rooms so please let us know either way.
Enjoy deep relaxation with a Hot Stone Massage!
The relaxation achieved by these wonderful basalt stones is amazing. You'll experience deep relaxation with a 90-minute, full-body massage.The stones will be placed on the body, feet and hands and the hot stones will also be used to massage warm oil into the muscle tissue (You can also schedule a "taste of stones" session for 60 minutes if you would like to try it) Indulge yourself or give a hot stone gift certificate. Schedule the last appointment of the day or on your day off because you won't want to go back to work after this!
Thai Herbal Ball Therapy
Sa-Wan Herbal Ball Therapy can be added to your session for $20.00. The Luk Pra Kob, translated from Thai as pressing herbal sphere,or Herbal Ball, is a method of treatment employed in traditional Thai medicine. It is used to provide the same type of stimulation as acupressure along energy channels, known as Sen Sib lines in Thailand. The herbal ball treatment is usually a hot treatment. The herbs used are anti-inflammatory in nature and work well for tight, achy muscles. We purchase herbal balls from Sa-Wan ,who imports them under strict quality guidelines, from Thailand.
Prenatal/Post-natal Massage (Referred to as Peri-natal on our scheduling page)
If you are pregnant, you should have massage from a therapist who is trained to understand the changes that occur in the body with pregnancy. Christine is certified through the Kate Jordan program. She can adapt her positioning using her hydrolic massage table and a variety of cushions and supports. She also is aware of endangerment areas and specific strokes for side affects you may be experiencing.
After delivery, Christine can help you managing the changes that pregnancy causes in your body and help you get back to feeling like yourself.