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Essex House / 5701 Centre Ave / Pittsburgh, PA 15206 / (412) 661-7724
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Back, Neck & Shoulders
Appropriate for clients with time or budget restrictions, this shortened session is great for general relaxation or addressing one specific issue.
A relaxation-based massage. Your therapist will use a light to medium pressure to relieve muscle tension and emotional stress.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage uses focused, deeper pressure to penetrate to deeper layers of muscle, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints) also known as connective tissue. Your therapist will use hands and fingertips in slow strokes to work over the tense area. To avoid making your muscles flinch or spasm, he or she will start quite softly and increase the pressure bit by bit, using a combination of friction moves and direct pressure.
The ultimate in spending quality time together! A fabulous way to de-stress and realign your senses together. Two of our therapists will wisk you to our couples massage room where you can relax and enjoy your massages side by side.
Our therapists are trained in a variety of modalities that can help clients seeking to improve performance and balance, recover from subacute injuries or pathologies and deal with chronic pain or musculoskeletal issues. One or a combination of the following modalities may be used to best address your body's specific needs.
Active Isolated Stretching
Active Release Technique
Orthopedic Massage is the best choice to start a recovery plan of treatments. This type of massage is expertly configured to help relieve problems from athletic injuries, chronic pain and repetitive use injuries as well as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome,low back pain, sciatic pain, etc. Our Orthopedic Massage is based on the teachings of James Waslaski, whose unique, multidisciplinary approach integrates techniques from the world's leading chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedic and osteopathic physicians. Your therapist will begin with pelvic stabilization and then, using a variety of techniques, will release chronic muscle tension, realign dysfunctional scar tissue and increase your overall flexibility. Your therapist will help you understand your injury, teach you some simple stretches, and eventually some strengthening exercises, and work with you to help you heal.
Hot Stone Massage
Heated obsidian and basalt stones warm and relax the body to melt stress and tension away. The therapist will not only place stones on specific points to balance the body and mind, but they will also use them as an extension of their touch and as a tool for deeper work.
Prenatal Massage / Pregnancy Massage
A relaxation massage incorporating specialized techniques and supportive contoured body pillows to address specific needs of our pregnant clients past their first trimester. Research has shown that women who receive massage while pregnant may have easier deliveries, a reduced chance of post-partum depression, and regain their bodies more quickly.
An ancient treatment which releases points in the hands and feet to relax and heal the entire body. We gently exfoliate and cleanse the feet and hands before massaging the reflex zones to alleviate stress throughout the body.
Also known as "Lazy Man's Yoga", this massage takes place on a padded floor mat with the client clothed in active wear. The therapist assists the client through yoga-like movements and stretches and may incorporate joint mobilizations, muscle compression and pressure point work.
Ashiatsu - AOBT (Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy)
Ashiatsu is a deep, relaxing treatment. The massage therapist's body weight is used to press, sweep, swirl and relax the muscles. The massage is done mainly with the heal and outer portion of the sole of the foot, however other parts of the foot are used as well.
AOBT's compression movements can help elongate the spine, and stretch shortened muscles which aids in relieving muscle spasm, aids the body in the release of toxins via the lymphatic system, and increases circulation. Also great for improving posture and movement while relieving pain.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
This gentle rhythmic modality drains waste and excess impurities from each part of the body as well as carrying useful white blood cells to the circulatory system.
Now available for a new, improved price (was $190)! Your therapist will begin with an age defying face treatment which deeply cleans and rejuvenates your skin. Our signature foot reflexology treatment and a one-hour massage is included for a total head-to-toe meltdown.
The Ultimate Pamper
This indulgent package includes a full body micro-buff exfoliation, detoxifying warm moor mud wrap, foot reflexology, and a luxurious face treatment of your choice to help with fatigued skin and prevent premature aging. Now that you are cleansed and completely relaxed, your therapist will provide you with a full 60 minute full-body massage.
Moor Mud body wrap
Since ancient times, mud has been used for its healing properties, from skin problems to arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and fibromyalgia.
This detoxifying mud wrap begins with a full body exfoliation to smooth tired skin and ends with a hydrating lotion application
Enriched with Aloe Vera and other nourishing plant oils, as well as vitamins A, C and E, this mask prevents premature aging and promotes more radiant skin.
This kaolin clay mask, infused with naturally antiseptic tea tree, basil and camphor essential oils, deep cleans pores and helps banish bacteria to prevent future breakouts.
A cool, oil free gel mask with boswella serata extract calms redness and inflammation and is excellent for people with rosacea-prone or sensitive skin.
Enjoy the benefits of Far Infared Sauna (FIR) therapy by itself or utilize it before your massage service to detoxify your body, loosen stressed muscles and decompress your mind.
Extensive research has demonstrated that this type of radiation is of most benefit to our bodies because of its therapeutic and tissue regenerative properties. Infrared heat is so safe that it is used by hospitals in incubators to warm newborns.
Hot Stone Enhancement
Enjoy the healing warmth of basalt stones as your therapist uses them as massage tools on your back or legs and feet.
Back Exfoliation Enhancement
We will use a moisturizing exfoliant to gently polish the skin on your back to leave it feeling refreshed and smoother. The lotion is removed with relaxing, warmed towels. Please note that length of time provided is not added onto your service time, but is a guide to the length of the enhancement service within your appointment time. Try our Chocolate or Coconut body scrub by Simple Sugars.
Exfoliating Hand Scrub Enhancement
A moisturizing sugar scrub or micro-buff is used to remove dry, dead skin. After removing the "old" with relaxing steamed towels, we treat the "new" by placing them in cozy, Warming Mitts and massaging them with nourishing hand cream.
Exfoliating Foot Scrub Enhancement
This enhancement consists of an exfoliating scrub of your feet and ankles to slough off dry, dead skin. Your therapist will then use steamed towels to remove the foot scrub and massage in a revitalizing, hydrating foot lotion.
Not a full foot Reflexology session, but just the thing if you would like your therapist to target reflexology points in your feet to help with an issue such as sinus congestion, or a headache, or lower backache for example.
Hot Stone Upgrade
Extra time is added onto your session to take advantage of the healing properties of heated basalt stones. Your therapist will use them as massage tools to improve circulation and bring relaxation to tense muscles in your upper and lower back, hips, legs and feet.
Back Exfoliation Upgrade
This option adds another ten minutes onto your session time so that you may enjoy a back exfoliation using a sugar scrub or micro-buff which we remove with wonderful warmed towels, followed with an application of moisturizing lotion. This service adds 10 minutes to your appointment.
You can also add the application of a Green Mint Algae Masque to your back exfoliation for an upgraded, extended service time of 20 minutes.
Exfoliating Hand Scrub Upgrade
This option adds 10 minutes to the length of your service so that your therapist can perform a hand scrub with a sugar scrub or micro-buff to remove dry, dead skin cells. We remove the exfoliant with relaxing steamed towels and then massage a hydrating lotion into your hands and place cozy warming mitts over them.
Exfoliating Foot Scrub Upgrade
Add ten minutes onto the length of your service for some extra attention to your feet. Your therapist will pamper them with an exfoliating foot polish, which is removed with steamed hand towels and then apply a nourishing revitalizing foot cream to conclude the awesomeness.
This upgrade extends your service time by ten minutes. Experience the healing effects of this ancient Chinese art of targeting points on your feet with thumb pressure to promote wellness in the corresponding areas on the body.
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