Medical Massage Therapy Return To Top

Medical Massage Therapy is a manual technique that is used in rehabilitative therapy environment. It is not a general massage treatment like Swedish massage, rather it is a therapy applied to a specific problem area of pathology. The Medical Massage Practitioner uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but uses them as a preliminary softening of tissue in order to get to the deep muscle tissues, complex joint systems and inelastic connective tissue. Medical massage combines several manual therapies, including deep tissue massage, acupressure, neuromuscular massage, craniosacral therapy, and manual lymph drainage.


Foot and Hand Reflexology is related to the ancient art of acupressure. The reflex points on the hands and feet correspond to the organs and structural parts of the body. There are over 72,000 nerve endings in the feet alone that become congested from lack of stimulation.

Massaging and applying pressure increases circulation and breaks up the crustal-type deposits felt at the reflex points. Increasing circulation promotes healthier organ, nerve, and muscular function, relaxation, and general state of well being.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. This type of massage also breaks down scar tissue, known as restrictive fascia (pronounced, fascia). Clients are usually instructed to drink plenty of water for a couple of days following the massage to help eliminate the released toxins.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle and effective technique performed on a fully clothed individual. During a CST session, the practitioner detects and corrects imbalances of the craniosacral system which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is, generally, geared towards athletes and usually given before or after an athletic event. Before an event, it is used to promote peak performance, improve flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury. It is used after an event to help reduce muscle soreness and swelling, break down toxins, and increase blood circulation.

Prenatal, Perinatal, & Postpartum Massage

Pregnancy is a time of physical and emotional discomfort. Weight gain causes postural changes, which compress the lumbar spine. There is also added strain on joints during pregnancy. Prenatal massage can have an excellent impact on helping to relieve these discomforts and create a healthier pregnancy. A one-hour session is usually the best choice for prenatal massage Infant Massage.

Anyone who massages an infant is likely to praise the remarkable ability of this special kind of touch to enhance a child's comfort. Babies who are massaged sleep better, and are calmer and more alert when awake. Massage stimulates digestion and elimination. It can also reduce the discomfort of teething and colds, and help calm fussy babies.

In addition, bonding - that unique and close attachment between you and your baby - is enhanced with massage. Responding to your baby's smiles, frowns, and squirms with sensitive touch, eye contact, soothing sounds and loving communication can reinforce a trust which sustains your relationship for years to come.

Chinese Cupping

Oriental Cupping is an ancient Chinese method that uses cups from a cupping set to create a suction (or a partial vacuum) on the skin. This helps in activating the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing can take place much easier.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.

LypossageReturn To Top

The fatty tissue of your body acts as a "toxic waste disposal site," where substances that it cannot metabolize are dumped.  This congested tissue can have poor circulation (you'll note that cellulite prone areas are cool to the touch).  Lymphatic flow may also be restricted by tight undergarments and pantyhose.  The cellulitic layer is a physiological fatty layer that is supposed to be there.  The extent to which it is visible is affected by several variables including: genetic predisposition, dietary habits, exercise habits, and hormones among others.

Why do I have cellulite, lumps and bulges?

Where does the Lypossage® Technique come from?

The Lypossage treatment is a specific blend of massage modalities that derive from physical therapy, including deep lymphatic drainage and deep tissue release.  It was created by Charles W. Wiltsie III, LMT, an internationally recognized massage therapy educator and practitioner.  Mr. Wiltsie conducted a year long study of 100 female subjects that documented the effectiveness of the technique.  The study was published in Massage and Bodywork Magazine in 1999.  In the study, notable results included an average inch loss of 1-1/2 inches per thigh, and a cumulative average inch loss of almost 7 inches.

How does Lypossage® work, and is it safe?

Lypossage cleanses the body of stagnant, stalled lymphatic fluid (Lymph edema) that can create the lumps and bulges we know as figure imbalance.  The deeper Lypossage strokes break up adhesions under the skin that can contribute to the dimpled, uneven appearance of cellulite.  Lypossage also tones the muscles, lifting and firming sagging tissue.

What parts of the body respond to Lypossage®?

Lypossage can be performed on three areas of the body known as zones.  The zones are defined as follows:

Zone 1:   refers to the lower body, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, and lower abdomen.  Expected outcomes for this part of the body include dimension loss, structural improvements (posture and carriage), diminished look of cellulite, improved muscle tone, improved skin tone, cleansing of the lymphatic system, and improved circulation.

Zone 2:   includes the upper abdomen, back, décolleté (chest and neck area) and arms.  This zone targets improving posture, dimension loss in the arms and abdomen, toning and firming of the bust area, and improving circulation and lymphatic flow in the upper body.

Zone 3:   is performed on the head, neck, and face.  This can provide quite dramatic results in lifting and toning sagging tissues in the lower face and neck, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, and significantly improving skin tone and texture.  This truly is a "natural" face lift.

I've heard that machines can do this too.   Why should I choose Lypossage®?

Lypossage is the leading manual body contouring modality in the world.  While both approaches deliver gratifying results, Lypossage® appeals to the person who prefers to have treatments performed by hand, rather than with a machine.  It must also be performed by a trained massage therapist or other qualified health services professional for the whole body treatment; or by aestheticians for the head, neck, and face; there are no such requirements of contouring machines.  For those who prefer body contouring machines, operated by highly trained technicians, Lypossage does offer this option. 

Is it safe?

Lypossage® is a non-invasive, natural health treatment that helps to cleanse the body of toxins and retaining fluids.  Most clients find that Lypossage® enhances their energy and mental clarity.  While there are some contraindications for specific medical conditions, Lypossage® can be safely experienced by most healthy individuals.  It is much safer than surgical procedures such as liposuction.  However, for those who opt for a more dramatic surgical result, Lypossage can be very beneficial both before and after the liposuction procedure. 

Who can perform my Lypossage® treatments?

Lypossage® practitioners (Lypotherapists) are specially trained massage and body professionals who have learned this extraordinary hands-on technique; these Lypotherapists are certified to practice under the Lypossage® name. How are my treatments scheduled?

Each Lypossage® session lasts about 30 minutes and is performed in a series of 18 sessions over the course of 4-6 weeks.  It is important to note that for most clients, it takes 8-10 sessions before the results of the initial treatments become noticeable.  After that, progress can often be quite dramatic.  Combining Lypossage® with Lypossage® wraps, and the new LypoSlim® wrap, further enhances your results.

What are some typical results and how will I know what mine are?

While results may vary, cumulative dimension loss over five key measuring points in Zone 1; the average was 6.75 inches in the original study.  However, it is not uncommon to find cumulative inch loss of up to 13 or 14 inches. One client in the study lost almost 3 inches in her waist alone.  One client in Ohio, while combining Zone 1 and Zone 2 had a cumulative inch loss of 21 inches in the 10 measuring points for those zones!  Most women find that they will drop one or two dress sizes without a significant reduction in their weight.  Your Lypotherapist will weigh, measure, and photograph you before you begin your program, and at key intervals to track your progress.

Is there a special diet or exercise program?

Though the individuals in the Lypossage® study were restricted from initiating any new diet or exercise program during the course of their treatments, we find that most clients become so inspired by their Lypossage® results that they readily adopt lifestyle changes that help them progress even more rapidly.  A diet rich in whole, organic foods and regular body movement will contribute to a terrific outcome.  Avoiding foods containing refined sugars, preservatives, hormones, caffeine and salt, will keep your newly detoxified body in the best shape possible.  Drinking significant amounts of water is also key to keeping the body hydrated and cleansed.

What should I do on my own to enhance the results of my treatment?

We recommend that you follow an at-home body care regime, including specialized Lypossage® treatment products to stimulate circulation in cellulite-prone areas, exfoliate and hydrate the skin, as well as improve its tone and elasticity.  The Lypossage® Home Care Collection should be available to you through your Lypossage® Practitioner (Lypotherapist) or facility and provides state of the art spa formulas that will bring your skin and body into beautiful condition.

What do I need to do to maintain my results?

Maintenance programs will be customized to the needs of each individual client.  At completion of a Lypossage® series, your Lypotherapist will sit down with you to do a final consultation, including going over your results with you and providing thoughtful recommendations on what your maintenance should be.  Continuing with the Home Care Protocol and a program of monthly or bi-monthly maintenance treatments will help you retain your results.

How do I get started?

To get started, schedule a private consultation today with your certified Lypotherapist!  You can find out more about your suitability for the program and have all your questions answered or call (832) 864-2686 today!

Spa TreatmentsReturn To Top

Aromatic Sea Salt Body Scrub/Wrap

If you have never had a body scrub, be prepared to having the softest, most radiant skin ever. This exfoliation is a vigorous, deep cleansing way to have a soft and vibrant feel to your body. A salt glow also hydrates your skin, because the salt is combined with oils and aromatic scents of your choosing followed by an application of body lotion. You can also combine this process with a massage

Seaweed, Green Algae & Mud Body Wraps

Wraps are designed to cleanse and detoxify you skin ... your body's largest organ. In this process, toxins are removed from your body, and as a result, wonderful contouring, sculptured trimming, and weight loss are reported. So that means it leads to a much healthier looking figure, a feeling of exhilaration, and a renewed vibrancy. The detoxification actually improves the appearance of cellulite, creates inch loss, and helps tighten and tone the skin. The wrap process takes about 1 hour to perform or under steam takes only 20 minutes.

Indulgence by Chocolate Body Wrap

A gentle exfoliation of the entire body. Sugar glows are much easier on the skin than salt and are applied by hand in a circular motion gently removing dead skin and opening pores with the added bonus of being chocolate. After the glow, the oil and sugar cleanser is wiped away with hot moist towels followed by an application of chocolate moisturizer. A full body massage may be added to make this a totally

AIS (Active Isolated Stretching)Return To Top

Stretching has been a hot topic within the running community for years, with much of the debate centered upon whether or not stretching is not actually good for you and if so, what type of stretching actually works.

Most of the studies on stretching have shown mixed results as to the benefits of stretching, but the problem lies in the types of stretching routines they examined. Science has documented the incredible gains that proper stretching can add to your training program.

Stretching will help you achieve greater flexibility.

Active isolated stretching (AIS) accommodates a number of very important considerations. The body is put in the best anatomical position both to maximize an isolated stretch and to warrant safety. You hold each position for only two to three seconds; then you return to the start position and relax.

The stretch is repeated eight to 12 times for optimal results. The benefit of repetitions is to increase blood flow oxygen, and nutrition to the muscle tissues. In effect, AIS is a warm-up in itself.

Stretching is the single most important thing you can do to keep your body limber as you age.

Benefits of AIS (Active Isolated Stretching)
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase muscle elasticity
  • Elongate fascia
  • Increase muscle power
  • Decrease joint stress
  • Reduce risk for muscle strain
  • Improve performance potential
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease risk of muscle spasms
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Increase oxygenation of muscles
  • Increase the delivery of nutrients throughout the body
  • Aids in the elimination of toxins in the body after exercise
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Increase neuromuscular education of the muscle
  • Decrease muscle imbalance