In The Bag Massage

Services / Massage Types

We are pleased to offer two levels of massage services: Our Regular / Non-Specialty Massages and our Specialty Massages.

The overwhelming majority of customers will never need anything further than our Regular Massages which include Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy), and Trigger Point.

But now and again, a customer may require a special type of massage to address a specific concern or health issue. We have therapists who have devoted considerable resources in training to be able to provide these specialized massages to you.

Specialty Massages include Prenatal, Assisted Stretching, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, and Myofascial Release.

Specialty Massages are always priced at our full rate.  Please see pricing from the menu above for details.

Regular Massages

Each massage session is customized for the needs of the client. Sessions may incorporate various types of massage techniques such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT (Neuromuscular), and Trigger Point.

Benefits:

  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased ease and efficiency of movement
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Relief of tension-related or eye-strain headaches
  • Healthier, better nourished skin
  • Improved posture
  • General health maintenance

A typical full body session will include work on the back, legs, feet, arms, hands, neck, shoulders, face and scalp. Clients will be asked to undress to their comfort level and will lie on a massage table under a sheet. During the session, the client will remain draped and only the area being massaged will be uncovered.

Specialty Massages

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage is a form of massage that is geared to meet the unique needs of the expectant mother. Promoting better function of muscles and joints, prenatal massage also improves circulation and overall body tone. This specialized form of massage decreases mental and physical fatigue as well.

By having regular prenatal massage therapy, mothers are more relaxed, allowing the new life inside to be nourished. After the first trimester a pregnant woman will be massaged on her side or in a semi-reclining position. Extra attention is given to helping to relieve sciatic nerve pain common in pregnancy.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events.

The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.

The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

Assisted Stretching Massage

In an Assisted Stretching session you will remain partially clothed (workout clothes for example) so the therapist can easily manipulate your limbs.  

Your therapist will guide your body into deeper stretches than you would be able to do on your own. When someone else is doing the work, your body can fully relax and your muscles can open with more ease. You will usually be stretched on a massage table but in some instances could be on a thick massage mat on the floor so the therapist can get more leverage for even more intense stretches.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is an effective treatment when a medical procedure or illness blocks your lymphatic system and causes lymphedema. Lymphedema happens when your tissues retain fluid left behind after your cardiovascular system sends blood to your tissues and organs.

The remaining fluid is called lymph. Normally, your lymphatic system collects your lymph and returns it to your heart via a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. When something disrupts your lymphatic system’s process, lymph collects in your arms and legs, making them swell.

Your massage therapist will use lymphatic drainage massage techniques to move lymph from your tissues to your lymph nodes, which eases the swelling in your tissues.

Myofascial Release Massage

Myofascial Release Therapy is a massage technique that focuses on relieving pain in your myofascial tissue. Your myofascial tissue is a network of tissue that spreads throughout your entire body. It connects your muscles, joints, and bones and provides support to your organs, helping to keep them in place.

Because your fascia is a single sheet, stiffness or pain in your body could be originating from tissue in a completely different area. As you move differently to make up for the loss in movement, you can cause additional tightness without realizing it. This can lead to widespread pain and discomfort.

Your therapist will palpate your body to find areas where the fascia is particularly stiff or tight and use various techniques to release it.  Clients often report that this type of massage feels lighter and less invasive than a deep tissue massage but in some instances may be more intense or even painful.

There are many techniques that the therapist may use but the most common is to apply sustained pressure and slowly stretch the fascia.