Hilary Rinsland has worked in a variety of settings, from hotel spas to sports chiropractic offices. She draws from each experience to create a truly integrative practice. Listed below are the types of massage available and their descriptions. All Massage Modalities (except for traditional Thai)  are available in 30, 60, 75 and 90 minute sessions.

Pricing as follows:  30 minutes-$50                          75 minutes- $90

60 minutes- $75                90 minutes- $110           120 minutes- $160

Deep Tissue/Therapeutic 

Deep tissue massage treatment begins with slow, firm gliding pressure to restore normal length to contracted superficial Myofascial tissues, combined with post isometric relaxation (P.I.R) stretching toward the same end. Next, the muscle lesions and adhesions are treated with deep sometimes ossilating pressure. Then the deep muscle spasms are treated with deep, sustained static pressure until they release and regain their normal resting length.

The objective of Deep Tissue Massage is to identify the shortened muscles and facia involved, as well as any muscle spasms and localized areas of tenderness. As an example, upper back pain is often caused by chronically shortened chest muscles (pectoralis major + minor) combined with spasm of deep back muscles (multifidus, rotatores.)

Sports Massage

The goal of sports massage is often to restore normal function to the athlete through identification of contracted tissues.

As an example, lateral knee pain may be caused by a chronically tight Iliotibial Band. Or, pain at the fibular head may be caused by a tight hamstring (Bicepts femoris.) Release of this tight musculature along with assisted stretching and massage can increase circulation and reduce metabolic waste.

Marathon runners often receive regular massage as part of their overall maintenance to help relieve tension in overworked muscles before problems develop and to help maintain flexibility and reduce injuries.

Trigger Point Therapy

Myofacial trigger points are palpable, irritable muscle lesions usually within tight muscle bands that refer pain to other areas when pressure is applied. Trigger points are caused by stress, be it habitual postural stress, or the stress of physical or emotional trauma.

Treatment of trigger points consists of identifying the trigger points through palpation, followed by manual compression to remove excess metabolic waste and cross fiber friction to unstick adjacent muscle fibers followed by Post-Isometric Relaxation (P.I.R.) stretching to normalize shortended muscle fiber length.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a hands on soft tissue release technique which often includes structural and functional assesment to determine which tissues may be causing dysfunction and pain. Fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue between the skin and the muscles (superficial fascia) or more extensive is the deep fascia which holds the muscles together but also separates them into functional groups. Deep fascia, when functioning properly, allows muscles to move independently of each other without impingement on surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

The objective of myofascial release is to identify shortened and or restricted myofascial tissue (deep myofascia is usually the culprit) and adhesions between muscles and muscle groups. Using steady directionally focused pressure, fascial restrictions and adhesions are normalized, resulting in elimination of pain, increased range of motion and rebalancing of the body’s interdependant web of myofascia.

Traditional Thai Massage ( Shivagakomerapaj lineage)

Available in    75 minute ($100) , 90 minute( $135),   and         120 minute ($165)  sessions.

Thai massage  is a traditional form of energy work developed by the Thai people over 1,000 years ago.  It is a blend of full body stretches, acupressure, joint mobilization and muscle manipulation  with the intent to increase the flow of lom (energy) through the Sen lines (pathways) of the body. In Thailand, Thai massage is one of three parts of the traditional Thai medicine practice.  Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor. The  individual who wants Thai massage is asked to dress in loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. At Our House Massage, Thai massage is recommended in a 60, 90, or 120 minute session.
The positive effects of getting Thai massage are numerous. Firstly, Thai massage sessions relax the whole body because of the rhythmic nature of the massage. Shortly after the massage, one feels totally relaxed and a sense of peacefulness. The other effects of Thai massage involve improved blood flow, and elevated energy levels. The body gets to be supple and flexible through the traditional Thai stretches. Thai massage has a holistic healing effect, promoting  the Citta (mind/spirit), body and energy to work in harmony.

Hot Stone Massage ( add on to any massage for $20)

A hot stone treatment uses smooth heated stones (often basalt, or lava rock which retains heat), usually of varying sizes, to assist in the massage. The heat of the stones assists in releasing tension by heating up the muscles. The actual hot stone massage techniques may vary, but typically involves placement of hot stones along the body, and the therapist may use two stones held in their hands to perform part of the massage. Often, the therapist will perform a rhythmic tapping (one stone on another) to create a rhythmic vibration that can enhance relaxation.  The effect on the circulatory system is said to assist the body in self-healing. Be sure to tell your massage therapist if you are not comfortable with the temperature of the stones, or if you would like the massage treatment adjusted in any way.

Can’t decide which massage is best for you? Simply call us at 804-297-8606 to schedule an appointment. Our nationally certified massage therapist will individually tailor your treatment, combining techniques to give you the maximum benefit from your massage.