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Massage or massage therapy is the practice of applying structured or unstructured pressure, tension, motion, or

Mobile & In-Office Therapeutic Massage

 vibration — manually or with mechanical aids — to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, lymphatic vessels, organs of the gastrointestinal system to achieve a beneficial response. Massage Therapy is performed primarily by a professional Massage Therapist but is often used as a form of therapy by other Healthcare practitioners such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physical Therapists.

Massage can be applied to parts of the body or successively to the whole body, to aid the process of injury healing, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation. Where massage is used for its physiological, mental, and mechanical benefits, it may be termed "therapeutic massage" or manipulative therapy.

In professional settings, massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting upright in a massage chair, or lying on a pad on the floor. Except for modalities such as Acupressure, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Thai Massage, or Barefoot Deep Tissue, the massage subject is generally unclothed or partially unclothed, also referred to as disrobed, and their body would be "draped" with towels or sheets. The practice of covering the parts of the body that are not being massaged is referred to as draping and its practice varies from one part of the world to another. In addition to making a professional statement and providing a boundary, draping helps keep the client warm which aids in the relaxation response. In some countries it is required that certain areas such as the genitals on both genders and the breast/nipple area on women be draped at all times. In the United States draping is a standard of the profession, while in other parts of the world, such as some parts of Europe, it is not practiced at all. In most forms of massage, the session begins with the client face up, referred to as supine, or face down, referred to as prone, for the first part of the session and then the client rolls over for the second half. Relaxation is necessary for benefits to be achieved.


Good communication is essential to effective massage. The client and therapist should discuss the type of treatment expected: intention of the massage, areas to be massaged and to be avoided in full body massage, the amount of pressure that is comfortable, preferred techniques and how they affect the body. The client's medical history and current physical condition should also be discussed. This is called informed consent.




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California Institute Massage ±
772 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA  707-939-9431

Massage To Go ±
645 Stonehouse Dr, Napa, CA 707 252-2466


925 Golden Gate Dr, Napa, CA 94559  707 255-2473

Advanced Body Therapeutics, Katherine Lake CMT
Napa, CA  707 334-4772

Ahh Massage
1830 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA  94559  707 226-7858

Allied Health Professionals
925 Golden Gate Dr, Napa, CA 94559  707 255-1259

Alternative Healthcare Resource
925 Golden Gate Dr, Napa, CA 707 257-7842

Amanda's Massage & Bodycare
1834 1st St # 11, Napa, CA 707 252-7079

Ana's Massage To Go
Napa, CA  707 266-8170

Andrea Blau
Napa, CA 707 255-3685

Archer Rae Bryan
497 Walnut St, Napa, CA 707 253-9512

Archer's Pilates & Massage
497 Walnut St, Napa, CA 707 253-9512

Balinson, Jay- Life Force Therapeutic Massage
Napa, CA  707 258-1803

Eleanor Bolin Massage In Napa
4020 Wisteria Way, Napa, CA 707 224-9520

Emerald Day Spa
1523 Main St, Napa, CA 707 226-2700

Enchanting Touch
3350 Linda Vista Ave, Napa, CA 707 738-9542

Exertec Fitness Ctr
1500 1st St, Napa, CA 707 226-1842

Hanna Somatic Education
925 Golden Gate Dr, Napa, CA 707 255-2418

Healing Arts Massage Therapy
1727 3rd St, Napa, CA 707 987-8710

Health & Wellness Massage
2293 Sherry Dr, Napa, CA 707 337-2685

Isabelle Saint-Guily Massage
1561 3rd St, Napa, CA 707 253-8969

Jay Bailinson Life Force
Napa, CA 707 258-1803

Jefferson Street Day Spa
1732 Jefferson St # 11, Napa, CA 707 259-0411

Julia's Massage & Wellness
1756 Oak St, Napa, CA 707 255-7359

Kirsten Niesar, CMT
1732 Jefferson St # 11, Napa, CA 707 333-9580

Kit Long
1535 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707 226-2084

La Dora Salon
3371 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 707 255-4418

Le Spa Napa Valley
2020 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707 255-1963

Linda's Redwood Hair Design
2360 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 707 257-2656

Massage by Anna
Napa, CA  707 815-1220

Massage Envy
3365 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558  707-255-8000

Napa Holistic Massage Studio
1434 3rd St, Napa, CA 707 255-5045

Napa Massage & Bodycare
1834 First St, Napa, CA 94559  707 252-7079

Napa Touch Massage Reflexology Somatics
    & Cranial Sacral Therapy
1725 Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94558  707 259-1715

Napa Valley Mobile Massage
Napa, CA 707 328-6411

Napa Valley School of Massage  The
1131 Trancas St. Napa, California 94558 
707 253-0627 FAX 707 257-2483  email

Neuromuscular Pain Management
3363 Beard Rd, Napa, CA 707 258-1535

Newby's Therapeutic Massage
421 Walnut St, Napa, CA  94559  707 257-8137

Relaxation Company
1401 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558  707 265-7733

Paris Day Spa
1614 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94559 707 257-2044

St. Pierre Center for Massage
1335 W. Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559  707 255-1640

Ultimate Look
1100 Lincoln Ave # 102, Napa, CA 707 255-0978

Your Place Not Mine
1417 B St, Napa, CA 707 738-9356

Deborah Zaragoza, CMT  707-299-7088

Zin Yoga & Massage
Napa, CA  707 771-9998

Chair Massage
A Chair Massage is, by far, the most convenient method of massage therapy. Chair massage lasts about 15 minutes and is done while fully clothed. A chair massage promotes better circulation and muscle stimulation. This form of massage reduces tension in the back, neck and shoulders; thus providing deep relaxation. A swift chair massage revitalizes the anatomy and encourages overall well-being.

Chair massages are also advantageous, mostly because chair massage practitioners will sometimes pay work or house calls. Chair massage can also be found in hotels, airports and convention centers amongst other places.

Chinese Tui Na massage (推拿)
Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage (按摩) that is similar to Zhi Ya, but focusing more on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle.

Chinese Zhi Ya massage (指壓)
Zhi Ya is a form of Chinese massage based on acupressure. It is similar to Tui Na massage except it focuses more on pinching and pressing at acupressure points.

Deep muscle therapy
Deep muscle therapy (created by Therese Pfrimmer), is a massage technique that focuses on using a very specific set of movements applied to all muscles and concentrating on all layers of the muscle that have become depleted of their regular blood and lymphatic flow. This technique aims to restore the circulation with its healing properties to the cellular level. Deep muscle therapy is widely used to treat the following ailments: carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain, headaches, poor circulation, whiplash, and more. See

Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement. This is the recommended approach in this modality since each person experiences pressure differently. If the pressure is applied too deeply or too quickly, the muscle may tighten to protect that area, and unnecessary damage or inflammation can be induced. Very little lubricant is used as the pressure doesn't travel much over the skin. See also: Myofascial Release

Erotic massage
Erotic massage is a form of massage that includes the genitals and leads to sexual arousal and (sometimes) orgasm. Widely practiced by couples as part of lovemaking. Also practiced commercially.

Foot or sole massage
Also known as reflexology, foot massage, as practiced by the Chinese is performed in the context of chi, in that each spot on the sole of the foot corresponds to an internal organ, and the applied therapy is healing to one's overall well being. The theory supposes that an ailment of an internal organ will be associated with the nerve ending on the sole of the foot.

Before the massage, the patient's feet are soaked for about ten minutes in a foot bath, typically a dark colored solution of hot water and Chinese herbs. The massage therapist uses liberal amounts of medicated cream, to moisturize the foot and to provide lubrication. The knuckles on the therapist's hand are usually used to provide a hard and smooth implement for the massage. As pressure is applied to the sole, theory holds that a healthy patient should not feel any strong pain. Painful spots, reflexologists believe, reflect illnesses of other parts of the body. The practitioner rubs and massages the painful spots to break down rough spots and accumulated crystals and increase circulation.

The ailments are healed when the sore spots of the sole are treated and removed by massage. Based on this theory, some shoe liners are made with pressure points to stimulate the soles of the feet to promote better health of the overall body. The nature of these "crystals" has yet to be elucidated or demonstrated scientifically. Regardless of the actual correlation of reflexology to internal organs, many enjoy it for the mix of stimulation and relaxation.

Lomilomi — Traditional Hawaiian Massage
Lomilomi (meaning massage in Hawaiian) is an ancient art from the Hawaiian healing specialists. They were taught their art over 20 years and received their last instructions from their master on his death bed. Today there are many styles of Lomilomi, the main ones being the style of Big Island which was passed on by Aunty Margaret Machado, and Maui style from Uncle Kalua Kaiahua. On the island of Kaua'i, Kahu Abraham passed on what is today called Kahuna Bodywork (TM). It is not clear if other styles, called temple or lomi nui, are from Native Hawaiian practitioners or are of recent origin. Books: Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi: The Traditions of Hawaiian Massage & Healing edited by Makana Risser Chai; Hawaiian Lomilomi - Big Island Massage by Nancy S. Kahalewai Lomilomi hawaiian massage

MA-URI massage
MA-URI is a new form of massage introduced by Hemi Hoani Fox in 1990, who cites as its roots Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi Nui dance, claiming increased so-called energy flow within the body and mind. Focus is internal, upon breathing, intent, and concentration. Claimed benefits include mental and physical health. Study and advocation is primarily carried out at the MA-URI Institute, headed by Hemi and Katja Fox. It is currently difficult to find practitioners, though this may change as it grows more popular.

Myofascial release
Myofascial Release refers to the manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue.

Myoskeletal alignment technique
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) identifies postural distortions to improve and prevent pain conditions. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and myofacial techniques are used to lengthen tight/facilitated muscles while fiber activation techniques tone weak/inhibited muscles. MAT was developed by Erik Dalton.

Neuromuscular therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment. These are then addressed through systematic and site specific massage. NMT reduces pain, tension, postural imbalance, and lengthens and strengthens tissues. NMT was developed by Paul St. John.

Scalp massage
In some barber shops in Hong Kong, scalp massage often lasts 30 minutes to 45 minutes during shampooing of the hair.

Shiatsu (指圧)
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage based on acupressure. It is uncertain whether it originated from Chinese Zhi Ya.

Stone massage
Stone massage in which hot or cold stones, usually basalt or marble, are used to massage the body.

Structural muscular balancing
A gentle and effective technique that releases chronic contraction in the muscles. The nervous system is triggered to release contractions through compression applied to muscles placed in a shortened position.

Swedish massage
This style utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Swedish massage is designed to increase circulation and blood flow. There are six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. This style of massage is generally attributed to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics teacher Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839). However, it was in fact the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) who adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes under which he systemized massage as we know it today, as Swedish or classic massage. Somehow, the term Swedish Movement System was transposed to Swedish Massage System sometime during the second half of the 19th century. Ling’s system was the Swedish Movement System or Swedish Gymnastic Movement System. This may be how he has become incorrectly associated for so long with Swedish massage. [1] In Sweden, the term "Swedish massage" is not used. They simply call it "Svensk massage".

Thai traditional massage
Known in Thailand as นวดแผนโบราณ (nuat phaen boran, IPA [nuɑt pʰɛn boraːn]), and in English also as Thai ancient massage, Thai classical massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga, or assisted yoga. It is usually soothing because of its emphasis on stretching and loosening the body. Its roots go back far into history, originating in India based on the Ayurveda, and then becoming popular in Thailand.

The massage taker changes into pajamas and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. (It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room.) The massage giver leans on the taker's body using hands and forearms to apply firm rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the taker's body. In some gestures, legs and feet of the giver are used to fixate the body or limbs of the taker. In other gestures, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. Usually no oil is applied. A full course of Thai massage typically lasts two hours or more, and includes pulling fingers, toes, ears etc., cracking the knuckles, walking on the taker's back, arching the taker's back in a rolling action etc. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage. Sometimes in a large group massage, the practitioners do the procedures in unison.

A full massage in Thailand of typically two hours costs around THB 300 (US$ 8 in 2005) depending on location (it may cost ten times more inside a five star hotel).

Note: The traditional therapeutic practice of Thai massage should not be confused with the service of the same name that is available in some hotels and brothels.

Trigger point therapy
A trigger point is an area of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to these points leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning. This work is based upon the trigger point research and manuals of Dr. Janet Travell.

Sometimes this work is incorporated into other styles of massage therapy such as neuromuscular therapy (NMT).
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