Simon Graves, L.M.T. received his training at the Calistoga Massage Therapy School in Santa Rosa, CA in 1999. He gained his experience from two different prestigious Napa Valley spas, the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort and the Mount View Hotel and Spa, it was here he became one of the most requested therapists in the area. Below are some of the massage services offered by the magic hands of Simon.
Hot Stone Therapy
The healing power of warmed stones has been recognized by numerous cultures for centuries. The deep heat of the basalt (river rock) stones penetrates the muscles, providing an immediate relaxation response. Mentally, the individual can reach a state of relaxation within minutes of applying the first stones. This deep state of relaxation usually takes 15-20 minutes to occur in a traditional massage. Smooth, hot basalt stones are placed on a client’s body. Warm stones may be placed in the palms and/or between the toes. The massage therapist may also use the hot stones to perform soothing, long massage strokes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
A specially designed body cushion allows pregnant woman to lie comfortably in the prone position while putting no weight or pressure on her womb. The pregnancy massage reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and provides emotional support. While not recommended during the first trimester, it is a wonderful way to help your body cope throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. Ask your doctor if there are any risks to receiving a massage before you schedule one as all pregnancies are unique and massage is contra-indicated in some high-risk pregnancies.
Reflexology, a massage technique with roots in ancient Egypt, is designed to stimulate pressure points in the feet and hands that correlate to specific organs, muscle groups and other tissue in the body. It clears energy blocks and promotes a sense of balance. Excellent to combine with any massage or other treatments in the Spa. Perfect for those not comfortable with full bodywork.