A system of therapeutic massage and exercise for the muscles and joints, developed in Sweden in the 1800s, it is the most commonly used form of classical Western massage, generally performed in the direction of the heart, sometimes with active or passive movement of the joints. It is used especially for relaxation, relief of muscular tension and improvement of circulation and range of motion.
A group of contemporary Western massage techniques designed to enhance athletic performance and promote healing post-injury, it can include Swedish massage, cross-fiber friction massage, deep-compression massage, and trigger-point therapy.
Techniques originating from ancient traditions and recent discoveries, energy work is used to manipulate the bioenergy of the patient with the goal of restoring harmony or removing blockages from within the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
A group of massage techniques designed to access multiple layers of muscle and fascia to improve alignment, reduce levels of resting tension and create more efficient postural and movement patterns. The therapist uses their fingers, thumbs and elbows to release chronic muscle tension, using slow, deep strokes and friction. It can increase blood flow, decrease muscle pain, rehabilitate muscle injuries, and reduce arthritic pain.
Mainstream and alternative massage therapies to treat musculoskeletal disease, this combination of modalities helps address the unique needs of each massage client.
A manipulative therapy developed in Japan, Shiatsu involves applying pressure to special points or areas on the body to maintain physical and mental well-being, treat disease, and alleviate discomfort. Shiatsu can reduce stress, relieve nausea, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and alleviate insomnia, among many other benefits.
A form of bodywork intended to redistribute and unblock an impeded flow of energy, this massage form can reduce muscle tension, improve joint function and blood circulation, reduce pain and headaches, and balance and increase energy.
A form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, acupressure uses finger pressure on the same points on the body as acupuncture. It has been known to treat many conditions such as headaches, body pain, arthritis, allergies, asthma, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, sinus problems and toothaches.
Other types of massage offered at Orvis Hot Springs between Ridgway and Ouray include: Lomi-Lomi Movement, Tragger Approach, Polarity, Watsu, Structural Balancing, Stretching, chi nei tsang, CranialSacral, Myofacial Release, and Orthno-Bionomy. To learn more about any of these massage therapy options, please contact Orvis.