Treat Your Body and Mind to a Massage
Ahh La Carte Mobile Spa at Refresh Yoga Center offers a full array of massage services, including deep-tissue, reflexology, aromatherapy massage and much more. This is the perfect way to end your yoga class with us before you head out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of King Street. Read more about all of our relaxin g and therapeutic massage services and make a massage appointment with our Alexandria team today. Click here to schedule a massage , call us at 571-781-2548 , or email us at massage@RefreshYogaCenter.com.
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and encourage relaxation
Swedish massage employs five different movements:
• long, gliding strokes or effleurage
• kneading of individual muscles or petrissage
Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage including deep tissue and aromatherapy.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense with intent to create thixotropy within the connective tissue. As a rule, deep tissue should not cause muscle bracing or for the client to have to catch her breath, as that would be physiologically counterproductive; however, tender areas of tension or injury may arise during the massage. Communication between therapist and client is essential.
ESSENTIAL OILS MASSAGE
Melt away stress and tension in your neck and upper back. This service is great to help you “let it go”! We begin with a focused massage to your entire back, neck and shoulders. Essential oils and a detoxification cream is applied to your upper back, area. As this soothes and relaxes muscles, tired feet are gently massaged with cooling, soothing crème.
HEATED BAMBOO STICK MASSAGE
During this enhanced deep tissue massage, heated sticks of bamboo are integrated for a firm flowing heated massage experience. The Bamboo sticks will help the therapist to work deeper into the muscle layers allowing you to relax and let go of muscular tension.
FACE AND SCALP MASSAGE
Ahh La Carte Moblie Spa offers a Face, Scalp and Upper Body Massage. This service incorporates the use of warm towels and a series of massage strokes designed especially to relax and rest the muscles of your face and scalp. We finish your “rest” with upper body relaxation massage to your upper body, neck and shoulders. Scalp massage can help relieve tension headaches and improves circulation in the head and face.
Pregnancy massage uses the comfortable, secure side-laying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation. You’ll receive a combination of the following methods:
- Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
- Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back, and hips, and to promote greater strength flexibility band balance
- Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain
- Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increased circulation to the placenta and baby. Increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.
- Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy-induced edema
LOMI LOMI MASSAGE
This journey combines, relaxing music, tropical aromas, circular movements using forearms and palms to melt away tension while feeling wave like motions of the Pacific Ocean. Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced:
As a healing practice of native healers
As a luxury and an aid to digestion
As restorative massage
Just like your neck, back, and shoulders, your feet can also benefit from regular body work. Foot massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often eases pain. Ahh La Carte Moblie Spa offers Foot Massages with a peppermint infused lotion along with a 30 minute upper body massage.