Massage & Bodywork
Pamper yourself with a soothing massage therapy session by a certified massage therapist. Massages are offered daily by appointment, either in our facilities at the Sugarbush Health & Recreation Center, in your Sugarbush lodging accommodations, or in our Clay Brook massage rooms. Available Massage: Swedish, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Hot Stone, Sports Recovery.
Phone Number: 802-583-6700
What better way is there to treat yourself than with a soothing session of massage therapy by one of our certified massage therapists? Massages are offered daily by appointment, either at the Sugarbush Health & Recreation Center or in your Sugarbush lodging accommodations. We offer a variety of treatments including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Reiki, Sports Recovery and Relaxation massage in either 1 hr or 1.5 hr sessions. Included in your session of massage is access to our sports center - excluding courts and the Rock Gym - for the entire day of your massage appointment.
Please call 802-583-6700 for more information or to book your massage.
A 4 hour cancellation policy applies to all massage services.
Standard Massage Therapies (Swedish and Rela)
Specialty Massage Therapies (Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Reiki, Sports, etc.)
In-Room Massage Service
For an additional fee of $40, our massage therapists will come to you. All standard and specialty massages except for Hot Stone Therapy, are available as in-room massage in resort lodging at Clay Brook , the Sugarbush Inn, and Sugarbush Mountain Condo rentals, if space is adequate in the unit.
CORE MYOFASCIAL THERAPY
Core myofacsial therapy is a client-centered approach that uses a variety of techniques that improve neurosomatic awareness and performance abilities. This is designed to enhance performance, prevent injury and improve structural alignment for the active or athletic client. It is a full body treatment that mobilizes the myofacsial network, improving human structural and functional potential. This technique is used increase flexibility; improve balance and ease of movement. It is one of the most advanced treatments available, offering deep yet soothing massage therapy and techniques for relieving pain and improving performance.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, this manual therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The roots of this therapy are in cranial osteopathy, developed by Dr. William G. Sutherland. The Craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth--which make up the cranium--down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
ENERGY FLOW BALANCING
This gentle treatment assists clients in balancing their energy flow. Therapists hold a space for clients to make whatever shifts or changes toward balance they deem necessary. Emphasis is given to the chakras and the joints, leaving clients feeling at peace and at home with themselves, with less pain, increased mobility, and greater range of motion.
This is a superficial massage that generally does not cross the pain barrier. Effleurage strokes, to skim or touch lightly, are used to warm the up the area before other techniques are used. This helps the blood to flow to an area and releases the tension in the superficial muscles. Petrissage strokes or kneading is then used. This reaches the more underlying muscles. More pressure can be applied with this technique. This helps realign the muscle fibers. Effleurage stokes are then used to cool down the muscles gradually and continue to relax the client releasing stress in the body.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
This is a dual-purpose and noninvasive massage. Due to the heat of the stones, it is always a highly relaxing and stress reducing massage. The heat of the stones relaxes the muscles allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. The hardness of the stones assists the therapist to address specific problem areas with more detailed work. Hot stone is suited to those who tend to feel chilly or have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.
The Mana Lomi technique developed by Dr. Maka’ala Yates is based on the Hawaiian concept of working with the “mana” of the body, mind and soul of an individual. The practitioner communicates though the soft tissue, deep into the bones of the client. Communicating down to the bones is physically and energetically significant. It allows the practitioner to go as deep as the client can tolerate, yet be non-invasive while achieving the desired outcome. All memory is stored from past trauma, injuries or emotional links at the bone level. Tapping in into the bones allows the practitioner to communicate on a soul level, so healing can take place. The therapist uses a multitude of techniques that affect the golgi tendon organ(GTO), muscle spindle fibers, and the pain receptors. The Mana Lomi massage is for those who are open to the ancient Hawaiian ways of healing.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissue. The lymph system depends on the intrinsic contractions of smooth muscle cells in the walls of the lymph vessels and the movement of the skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to the lymph nodes and on to the lymph ducts and return to the cardiovascular system. Manual
Lymph Drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Performed by a trained prenatal specialist, many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe during prenatal, labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatal specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions, and contraindications is highly recommended, and many practitioners require referrals from physicians prior to therapy.
PUREPECHA (MAYAN MASSAGE)
Purepecha is Mexican indigenous massage (matriarchal tradition from Michoacan) also known as Traditional Mayan massage that works with the body’s energies to lend vitality. When focused on women’s health, this technique supports the balance of hormones, emotions, and prepares the body to conceive. It is also extremely effective after giving birth as it enhances the body to naturally regenerate. This massage aligns reproductive organs to relieve cramping and painful periods. By adjusting the abdominal organs, it facilitates digestion, eases gastritis, colitis, and supports the abdominal organs to eliminate the metabolic waste. It also balances conditions such as fibroids, prolapsed uterus and ovarian cysts.
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is congested.
Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. It was originated in Japan in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, who had a life-changing experience of light and energy that he recognized as reiki--sacred life force--and that awakened his innate healing abilities. He developed a system of practices that enabled others to become effective healers. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body. The practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. A sheet covers the disrobed client with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Also called nuad bo rarn, Thai massage has been taught and practiced in Thailand for approximately twenty-five hundred years. Although the origins are somewhat vague, credit for Thai massage is given to a famous Indian doctor, Shivago Komarpaj, who was the personal physician of the Buddha and Magadha king. Historically, manipulation was one of four major branches composing traditional Thai ceremonies or magical practices. This is based on the theory the body is made up of seventy-two thousand sen, or energy lines, of which ten hold top priority. Thai massage also involves peripheral stimulating, meaning it acts as an external stimulant to produce specific internal effects. This point serves as the main division between Thai and Western massage. Thai massage is practiced on a firm mat on the floor instead of on a table, instrumental in the effective use of the practitioner’s body weight. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed, so draping is not necessary.
TRIGGER POINT MYOTHERAPY
Trigger point myotherapy is a noninvasive therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of treatment is the client’s recovery from or a significant reduction in myofascial pain. The treatment goal is achieved through a systematized approach. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myomassage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function. Trigger point myotherapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction, including verbal and nonverbal elements. The myotherapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, mechanical abnormalities, and other physical components. These elements protect the client from delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, or contraindicated treatment, which are the concerns of first order. Trigger point myotherapy is an integrating approach to myofascial pain and dysfunction.