Sunu's massage team is skilled in wide variety of techniques from swedish to shiatsu to reflexology and more.
Massage Care at Sunu
SuNu Wellness Center takes great pride in the ability of our massage therapists to bring about healing and change. Our team is extremely knowledgeable in regards to the human body and brings a diverse set of skills to the table, such as Swedish/Deep tissue, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular therapy, Myofascial release, Reflexology, Prenatal Massage, Craniosacral, Reiki, Cupping and more.
When you call SuNu to schedule with one of our therapists, we will do our best to not only fit your schedule but to find the therapist who can best help you reach your own personal health and healing goals. Let this mark the end of your search for the perfect therapist because now you have a whole team at your disposal. We hope this marks the beginning of greater health and vitality!
Offering 30, 60 and 90 minute massage appointments. Also, ask about our discounted prepaid packages.
Massage and Energy Work Therapies offered at Sunu
The word Shiatsu is Japanese. “Shi-” refers to finger, and “-atsu” means pressure. The Japanese Ministry of Health defines shiatsu as “a form of manipulation by thumbs, fingers and palms without the use of instruments, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure to the human skin to correct internal malfunctions, promote and maintain health, and treat specific diseases. Techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and most commonly, leaning body weight into various points along key channels.”
Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage
The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous and use five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness, relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis, and reducing stress.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce pressure of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, CAT scans, etc.)
Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Massage Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms. Trigger points are areas of hypersensitivity in a muscle caused by overstrain. These are small areas of the muscle in which there is a contracture of muscular tissue (think of a tiny snag in a knit sweater). Blood and nutrients are lacking in that part of the muscle and therefore the muscle spindle is unable to relax. Trigger points cause pain, fatigue and weakness in the muscle.
Pre-Natal and Post-Partum Massage
Pre-Natal and post-partum massage therapy is similar to regular massage therapy but it is customized to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Trained prenatal massage therapists knows where a pregnant women’s likely sore and swollen spots will be and may be able to provide some relief and also know which techniques and areas to avoid. Several of SuNu’s skilled massage therapists are trained in pre-natal massage and can provide a customized pre-natal or post-partum massage experience.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Cranioacral therapy is a gentle, light-touch treatment that works with balancing the natural rhythm and structure of the cranium and sacrum. It helps to promote the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord. It also works to relax the body’s nervous system so that proper healing can occur. Most commonly, Craniosacral therapy has shown itself to be very effective in treating headaches, migraines, jaw/teeth grinding, sleep challenges, anxiety and behavioral issues and recovery from head trauma/surgery.
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the person’s health.
Reiki is a type of palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient’s body to facilitate the patient’s process of healing. Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of “rei” (spiritual or supernatural) and “ki” (vital energy). This vital energy is channeled by the Reiki practitioner into the patient’s body to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
We are not currently offering Reiki as a separate treatment at Sunu, however massage therapist Nicole Duxbury (Minnetonka) can integrate it into your massage by request!