Swedish Massage Therapy

What is Swedish Massage Therapy?

As a standard massage, Swedish massage is virtually synonymous with massage therapy. In Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology.

How does it work?

Using oil, a Swedish massage typically begin with broad general strokes and then transitions to specific problem areas.

When is a Swedish Massage especially helpful?

A Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it can be especially helpful if you're recovering from an injury.

How much does it cost me?

Here at Archer's Gulf Serenity Spa we offer both 60 and 90 minute treatments. A 60 minute treatment costs $100, and a 90 minute treatment is $150. A Swedish Massage focuses on more of an opportunity to relax the entire body more thoroughly, while gently focusing on any areas of pain or discomfort.

Deep Tissue Massage

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as "adhesions") and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.

How does it work?

Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist addresses chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.

While it's true that the pressure of deep tissue is generally more intense than that of a Swedish massage, it shouldn't have to be painful to be effective. If you're experiencing pain, let your massage therapist know right away.

When is a Deep Tissue Massage especially helpful?

This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause limited mobility. It's effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

How much does it cost me?

Here at Archer's Gulf Serenity Spa we offer both 60 and 90 minute treatments. A 60 Minute Deep Tissue Massage, costs $100, while a 90 Minute Deep Tissue Massage will be $150.

Prenatal Massage

What is a Prenatal Massage?

Also known as pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother's needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief.

Massage therapists who have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage know how to position and support the woman's body during the massage, modify techniques, and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy. Most will have a special table that allows the woman to rest comfortably and safely during the massage. Ideally, you should seek out a practitioner who is experienced and licensed in prenatal massage.

How much does it cost me?

Any Prenatal Massage needs special care and training to stay attentive on the patient. Even though this is a specialty we offer any Prenatal Massage at $100 for 1 hour.

Hot Stone Massage

What is a Hot Stone Massage?

As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body and also holds the warm stones while giving the massage. The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well).

How does it work?

The warmth of the stones can be relaxing and can loosen tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.

If you have certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or varicose veins, you should check with your health care provider if you plan on getting a hot stone massage. Likewise, if you take any blood-thinning medication, be sure to get a medical opinion first.

How much does it cost me?

Hot Stones can be additionally included in any massage, but for a 1 hour massage, it is $100. $150 for a 90 minute massage.