"Best last-minute massage"
Austin Chronicle 2003
Frequently asked questions
Our therapists are experienced professionals who exceed the state standards of training and continuing education. We focus on helping you attain lasting results. We specialize in advanced techniques and provide outstanding bodywork in a cozy, relaxing space. See our Bios and testimonies.
It is convenient to follow your workout with a massage. Our therapists collaborate with you, your trainers, physical therapists, and instructors to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
- Stimulates circulation providing nutrients & oxygen essential for healing
- Stimulates lymphatic system which enhances immune response
- Reduces cortisone & norepinephrine levels (stress hormones) to decrease anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Increases serotonin levels, important for maintaining a healthy mood and for improved sleep.
- Improves joint and muscle function & flexibility
- Facilitates recovery of injuries & chronic pain
- Enhances athletic recovery & performance
- Increases energy levels and body awareness
- Improves posture
- Prevents new injuries
|Clients with the following conditions and or symptoms will benefit from massage:|
- Optimally, at least one hour is required to address the full body. An hour and a half is ideal if you have a chronic or acute injury. However, 30 minutes is better than no massage at all and specific areas can be addressed.
- For recovery, schedule one to two days after a hard workout or event.
- For injury, consider at least 2-3 sessions no more than a week apart, depending on severity and acuity.
- For prevention & maintenance, at least once per 6 weeks.
- For vitality and optimal well-being, once per week.
- You can never have too many massages but generally, you can determine with your therapist the appropriate interval for your individual needs and pocketbook.
A traditional full-body massage using long strokes, kneading, and vibration to increase circulation and general relaxation.
A combination of stretching, range of motion and deep tissue work to facilitate faster recovery from workouts as well as injury prevention-an essential addition to athletic training on all levels.
Deep Tissue/Myofascial Release
This therapeutic combination uses a substantial amount of pressure and little or no lotion to releases tense muscles by acting on the fascia, or connective tissue. When an individual experiences physical/emotional trauma, scarring, repetitive movements, postural distortions, and stress, the intricate fascial webbing becomes thick, fibrous and restricted, causing excessive joint compression, nerve compression, decreased range of motion, decreased muscle efficiency and chronic pain. Releasing these restrictions produces long lasting results.Neuromuscular Therapy
This effective and specific technique isolates "trigger points" and taut fibers in muscles that can refer pain to other places in the body. It is extremely effective for many conditions such as chronic headaches, migraines, jaw pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other "unexplainable pains".Muscle Rolling & Stretch with Props - Private sessions & class series
A simple program that combines several bodywork disciplines to empower you with an individualized therapeutic self-care tool. Using small balls and other props, you will elongate and loosen tight muscles, break down adhesions ("knots"), improve circulation, flexibility, posture and balance. The specific routines will increase your body's awareness and performance in sports and/or daily activities. It is tailored to relieve your specific injuries and decrease chronic pain. Rolling up the spine releases tension along the parasympathetic nervous system, aiding relaxation.
If you have long standing or significant restrictions, it can feel quite sensitive or uncomfortable initially, and then immediately feels better afterward. For some, it feels like a pinching sensation or like a needed very deep stretch. Myofascial release is different from Swedish in that little or no lubricant is used.
Holding the tissue for 90 seconds or more allows a mechanical and biomechanical reaction to begin.
Unglues the superficial fascia (connective tissue), loosening the skin from muscle tissue and releases adhesions.
Applied to the arms or legs, this technique can be likened to an Indian burn. The purpose is to unglue fascia at a deeper level, in the muscles & muscle compartments, allowing for vital blood flow of nutrients and oxygen.
A more intense technique that pins adhesions ("knots") at the joint or insertion and then the joint is articulated to soften the tissue, release adhesions, and bring relief.
Please come 10 minutes early for your first appointment to complete an intake form that is required by the Texas Department of Health or print a copy to bring with you.
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What to Expect
On your first appointment, you will be given an information form to complete; it usually only takes a few minutes. Your massage therapist will then welcome you to one of our quiet, cozy and relaxing rooms answer any questions and leave you to undress privately and relax on the massage table. Often there will be gentle music playing in the background to allow your nervous system to unwind. Most people undress completely, though underwear may be worn if you prefer. Your modesty is respected at all times as you are warmly covered with a clean sheet; only the area being massaged is exposed. Pressure is suited to your comfort level and your therapist will check in with you during the session and adjust as needed. It is important to communicate your experience with your therapist. When the massage is complete, the therapist will leave you to slowly get up and dressed.
The Castle Hill 24 hour cancellation policy applies.