People enjoy massage for many reasons: relaxation, relief of stress, and the melting away of muscular knots and spasms, plus the fact that it feels great! In addition, massage helps to promote circulation, increase range of motion, speed injury recovery, and foster feelings of peace and self-connection, all of which improve overall well-being and health.
Our massage therapists are trained in Swedish Massage as the foundation for treatments that relax the entire body. In addition, we all have training in other techniques which can be incorporated to meet your needs and particular requests. Your session can be a therapeutic full-body massage, with or without special attention on specific areas, or you can request that the entire treatment focus on trouble spots such as the neck and shoulders.
In Swedish Massage, oil or lotion is used with long, flowing strokes to create relaxation, release muscular tension, and decrease pain. Static pressure on tight knots, stretching and rotating of limbs, gentle holds, or deeper pressure may be integrated to meet each individual’s needs. The therapeutic benefits of Swedish Massage are numerous and affect every system of the body. It can be received as a stand-alone treatment or be integrated with other techniques. Our therapists are cross-trained in many modalities, such as Deep Tissue or Cranial Sacral Therapy, which allows them to customize your treatment to meet your preferences and needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
In a Deep Tissue Massage, the therapist uses a deeper level of touch and specific techniques to address areas of chronic tension or pain. These techniques are usually integrated into a Swedish Massage, creating a seamless blend of soothing relaxation and therapeutic release. It is an effective way to relieve chronic tension, aches, and pains; ease repetitive motion strains; speed injury recovery; and increase range of motion, all while feeling deeply relaxing. The amount of pressure is always at the level desired, never more. For many people, a Deep Tissue Massage satisfies the need to feel that individual problem areas have been successfully addressed.
Hands and Feet Treatment
In a Hands and Feet Treatment, the hands and/or feet are massaged and the joints gently manipulated to help relieve the aches and pains that come from injuries or activities such as computer over usage, sports, standing a lot or hiking. It is a great treat after a long day at the computer, or after a day of sightseeing or hiking.
Swedish Massage, combined with other techniques, can create deep relaxation and ease while helping relieve the discomforts and pains of pregnancy. Many expectant mothers find that by receiving massage their connection to their baby deepens and they have an easier time adjusting to the constant changes that pregnancy creates. Treatments can be received either side lying with supporting pillows, or face down on a specially designed body pillow.
Hot Stone Massage
A Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing, nurturing, and therapeutic treatment in which smooth basalt stones are heated to just the right temperature and used with oil to massage the body, facilitating the release of muscular tension. The therapist may also leave stones on specific pressure points to allow the soothing heat to penetrate the muscles and help melt away tension, aches, and pains. It feels marvelous—soothing and warm—and is a wonderful way to loosen knots and tension while relaxing the whole body.
- 75 minutes $115
The therapists at High Desert offered me massages that were so incredible, my long-standing emotional and physical issues were neutralized. I have never felt anything as powerful as this bodywork! Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
KB, Santa Fe
That was so much better than I expected and I expected a lot!”
MG, 16 years old, Santa Fe