Shiatsu -

This ancient table or floor massage style from China is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine System. Shiatsu uses static pressure in conjunction with deep stretches, tapping, vibration, gentle pinches, brushing strokes, and skin rolling. Movements are generally slow and repetitive to increase the muscles' ability to relax. However, quicker movements can be used to stimulate weaker muscles and to invigorate the client.
Often referred to as acupressure, Shiatsu follows the same meridian system used in acupuncture, providing similar relief of common ailments. Shiatsu is also similar to it's western cousin Trigger Point Therapy.
The therapist will use the palms, fingers, thumbs, forearms, elbows, and fists to ease your muscle tension away using light to firm pressure. (Extra firm pressure is available at the Deep Tissue Values.)

Benefits of Shiatsu:
-Clothes can remain on since no oil is used. This is great for body-conscious, mobility-challenged, on-the-go business professionals, sensitive skin, or allergies.

-Shiatsu utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine System, which is great for a variety of ailments and can be combined with acupuncture for greater effect.

-It can be practiced on a special floor mat, massage table, or any type of chair.
Shiatsu For Assistance with:
Weight Loss
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Sciatica
Chronic Shoulder Pain
Carpal Tunnel
Sports Injuries
Digestive Issues
Reproductive Issues

Packages are available to work specifically on certain conditions, and are paid in full at the beginning of the series.
These packages function best in conjunction with care received from other medical practitioners such as MD, NMD, DC, or L.Ac.
Ideally these packages would consist of weekly or bi-weekly treatments, and are not necessarily consisting of full-body work.


Benefits of Thai Massage:

The ancient Thai system is used, which is very similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine System, and can aid similar issues/ailments.
Thai is referred to as Yoga Massage in the West. Massage techniques are integrated with many deep stretches to increase flexibility. The Therapist works within your current abilities and uses special techniques to increase range of motion.
Since it can be performed as a floor based massage, the therapist is able to use all tools available, including walking on those that need extra deep pressure, and utilizing cords/straps to assist clients in controlling the amount of stretch. Often if no major back or hamstring issues are noted by the client it is performed on a standard table, and therapist does not utilize walking/feet,

Thai Massage-

An ancient technique from Thailand that combines static pressure and deep stretches with an energetic focus for an especially rigorous massage. Thai is designed to eliminate tension throughout the body.  Often referred to as yoga massage, this floor based massage can be both relaxing and energizing with assisted stretches similar to yoga poses.

The practitioner will use palms, fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to apply pressure to tense muscles. Assisted stretches preformed alone or in conjunction with pressure help to remove lactic acid build-up and increase range of motion.

Please wear stretchy comfortable clothing to a Thai massage.


Sei Tai (Lymphatic Drainage) Massage-

This Japanese style, similar to Shiatsu and Thai, is designed to encourage the lymphatic system to circulate wastes properly. Techniques used greatly improve edema and fluid retention, and encourage the elimination of excess wastes from your system.

Gentle to medium pressure is used with a focus on the energetic and lymphatic systems of the body.

This massage can be wonderful for heart patients, cancer patients (You must have approval of your primary health care provider before receiving massage during cancer treatment, as findings are still preliminary), lymph-edema patients, and anyone else with swelling problems.


Hot Stone Massage-

Hot stone massage combines Swedish or Integrative techniques with luxurious heated polished volcanicstones. This is a great treatment to help warm up your muscles and body. The heat from the stones distracts overactive nerves allowing the therapist to use firmer pressure than clients may be used to, without resulting in any pain, which helps to deeply relax your body and release tight muscles.
Also, the weight provided by stones left in place (a layout- as seen in the picture left) also helps the muscles to gradually release and relax over the duration of the massage. 

Wonderful to feel, this massage often gives the highest level of relaxation while also giving the highest level of relief from chronic or severe muscle tension. The result is a whole, new, more rejuvenated you.

Our Hot Stone Massages fall into 3 levels of service:

--The Basic Level Hot Stone utilizes 6-8 stones in constant motion, and provides the effects of a hot stone massage with a minimum of mess and cost.
--The Standard Level Hot stone utilizes 18-20 or more stones including one face-down layout as shown in the picture above.
--The Deluxe Level utilizes 32 or more stones including one layout that the client reclines upon, one face-down layout, and small stones on the face and feet for a luxurious finish to a blissful experience.

Cold Stone Massage-

Cold Stone Massage functions similarly to hot stone massage in that there are 3 levels based upon the number of stones used, and how the stones are used. However, generally speaking, the stones are polished marble or semi-prescious gems, and are kept cold by storing them in a refriderator or freezer.

For those who have issues with sinus congestion or migraines, extra attention is given to the face and head, and aromatherapy is combined with the stone massage.

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage-

Another form of stone massage, but this one functions much differently. Each stone is made of Himalayan Salt, hard but  brittle. Thus, each stone provides a gentle exfoliant as it is used to polish skin to a beautiful glow. Stones are a variety of shapes and sizes, and some have a more coarse consistancy than others, so generally speaking, the layouts of other stone massages would not work as well with the Himalayan Salt Stones. However, a trade off is that because of the high amount of salt, the stones do encourage your body's natural ability to fight off pathogens, and the salts can also aid in helping your body to detox as well. Salt stones are generally used room temperature or warmer.


Cupping Massage-

Have you heard of cupping through the grapevine of tabloids when actors and actresses like Kelly Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, and David Arquette, have been noted for their dark cupping marks?

Well Cupping Massage is a technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine for relieving muscular tension, most commonly along the back and shoulders, but esentially anywhere major chronic tension is causing problems to some degree. Cupping has shown great success treating whiplash, headaches, fibromyalgia and respiratory constriction. Cupping can be done as a stand alone technique, but it's effectiveness is maximized when combined with massage. 

Negative pressure draws tissue into the cup, gently stretching the area. This method greatly increases blood flow and reduces lymphatic congestion. Mild to moderate bruising is typical with cupping as this indicates the degree of circulatory stagnation. Cupping marks are generally not painful and fade quickly. As the treatment is repeated and the health of the tissue improves bruising eventually becomes non-existent. It is fantastic therapy for sports and performing arts injuries.

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This last image shows the broad range of discoloration that cupping can "cause". In reality the differences are truely caused by the amount and type of toxins in the tissues, and by any energetic deficiencies or stagnation.


Gua Sha-

Gua Sha, literally "Scrape Sand" in Chinese, is a healing technique used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation. The area to be Gua Sha-ed is lubricated with oil. The skin is then rubbed with a round-edged instrument in downward strokes. Commonly/historically a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, jade, or a simple metal cap with a rounded edge. One area is stroked until the petechiae (reddness or splotches) that surface are completely raised, these petechiae or 'sha' generally fade in 2 to 3 days. If there is no Blood stasis the petechiae will not form and the skin will only turn pink.

Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.

Gua Sha is used whenever a patient has pain, whether associated with an acute or chronic disorder. There may be aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. In addition to resolving musculo-skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to aid as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.

Like cupping Gua Sha can be practiced either by itself or in conjunction with other services. Gua Sha and cupping work well together because the Sha help in determining where best to place the cups for maximum benefit. Also, as a rule massage works well with both because it helps to further the detoxing process by actually begining the process of eliminating the excess fluids containing the toxins.


Sugar and Salt Scrubs or Cocoa Mud-
Sugar and salt scrubs are both excellent for exfoliating the skin. That is their primary function. However, there are a couple of important differences. The salt in a salt scrub retains its natural ability to clean, hydrate the skin and balance minerals, but can be somewhat irritating to minor cuts and abrasions. Also, a salt scrub can be significantly more coarse and thus will lead to a much deeper exfoliation of the skin. Sugar is the gentler option and often can leave you feeling slightly sticky until showering which will reveal silky smooth skin.
Cocoa Mud is more of a nourishing revitalizing experience, the cocoa provides some mineral balance for the skin, and the oil base is very nourishing to the skin. It is a wonderfully smelling way to pamper yourself and your skin.

The pictures at the right demonstrate the salt scrub (top) and cocoa mud (bottom) on a person's face. However, scrubs are also commonly used for hands and feet. The more area covered by srub, the more costly and time consuming the treatment can be, but the end result is luxurious soft skin that will love you.


Paraffin Dips-

Paraffin Dips, also known as wax dips, are an excellent way to get soft supple hands and feet, and at the same time provide relief from joint pain and stiffness. Hands &/or  feet are dipped into melted paraffin mineral wax, one at a time. Each hand and foot is dipped several times to create a warm soothing layer of wax over the skin. After the dipping process, hands and feet are wrapped in plastic sleeves and then again in terrycloth wraps. This allows the wax to remain warm for several minuets while retaining moisture. After the wax has completely cooled it is carefully removed, and the hands and feet are gently massaged.
Reiki & Energetic Modalities-

Reiki is a hands-on healing technique which uses Universal Energy to release blockages and to release long-held stress and pain. During Reiki hands are placed lightly on or near your body, however, no manipulation of the body is involved, therefore there is no risk of injury, aches or pains occurring after treatment.  It is also perfectly safe for the elderly and for babies and young children. This form of healing often feels like a gentle heat or tingling and helps to facilitate a deep level of relaxation. Reiki functions to activate your own body's natural healing processes.
Treasa is also trained in a variety of other energetic techniques, often these techniques work well when blended together. Thus sessions are available which combine techniques into what is termed Integrative Energy Work.
Finally Light Language is a modality that utilizes symbols, geometric shapes, and colors to assist clients in balancing their energies to work toward specific goals. A person and community grid are setup for each session and then the personal grid is placed into the clients aura via specific techniques the practitioner has been trained in.