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Descriptions of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Modalities

- aids return of venous and lymphatic flow to the heart. Long, fluid strokes-“effleurage”- combined with kneading -“petrissage” are typically used to soothe and relax a client. Intent is to increase circulation and to relieve stress/anxiety by bringing the parasympathetic nervous system into balance.

Deep Tissue - Used to help restore the natural function of a muscle, ligament or tendon. Techniques utilized include, but are not limited to: cross tissue - cross friction - myofascial work - stretching (passive and active) and trigger point work - circular friction - range of motion - structural integration.

Sports Massage -Used pre- and post- athletic event to warm up muscles and increase circulation, and to help to stretch and lengthen muscles afterwards. It is also used as an aid to prevent injury during training, incorporating such techniques as joint work and range of motion exercises and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) - supported assisted stretching and tense and release actions are also used. This type of massage is typically deeper work that focuses on maximizing your body’s potential.

Hot Stone Therapy* - The use of hot stones throughout a full body massage. Stones are placed on various places on the body and used with strokes (in hands of the therapist). Clients must be in good health (certain conditions such as diabetes are contraindicated) and are encouraged to drink plenty of water before and after the massage. A heated massage! ($100 for 1 1/4 hours).

Acupressure/Shiatsu - An ancient Chinese method of finger pressure along the meridians or channels of the body. Pressure is applied - and may be sustained - to acupuncture points in order to release excess Chi or to bring energy to certain areas of the body. This is a blend of bodywork & energy work. Acupressure vs. Shiatsu - Shiatsu is typically done on a mat (clothing on) and incorporates stretching, palm pressure and exercises.

Traditional Thailand Massage * - is an ancient form of bodywork that utilizes deep rhythmic compressions, assisted stretching, assisted and sustained yoga postures to induce a deep sense of openness, peace, and relaxation. At the core, Thai Massage is an energy based system of bodywork that tonifies and clears channels to allow the receiver optimum health and attitude. The effects of Thai massage are cumulative, and tend to last for many days following a session.
About the practitioner: Rick Haesche is a Connecticut State Licensed Massage Therapist and registered THAI Practitioner. He was introduced to Thai Massage at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1994, and shortly after that he began formal study with Maxine Shapiro in Newton, MA. In 1997 he traveled to Chiang Mai Thailand to study, practice and receive Traditional Thai Massage. In 2006 Rick completed a rigorous 40 hour Advanced Thai Massage Class with Pierce Salguero of Tao Mountain Thai Massage School. Currently he is in full time a private practice at Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury Connecticut, and teaches Thai Massage at massage schools, yoga studios, and spas throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. Rick Haesche is an NCBTMB approved provider for Continuing Education. 

Reiki *- Reiki is a method of relaxation and stress reduction that has a side benefit of healing. The client lies on a massage table fully dressed while the therapist balances the nervous system of the subtle body and the chakra system. The therapist works on or above the body, channeling universal energy to flow easily throughout the body. Reiki is especially effective when used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.

Hypnotherapy - is a powerful tool for change. You are always in control; you can hear and remember everything that happens while you are “under”. You decide on the changes that you want to make in your life; the therapist merely facilitates your communication with your own subconscious. Hypnotherapy is often used for weight loss and smoking cessation, but it can also be used to manage pain, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, or even to visualize the shrinking of cancerous tumors. Past life regression can also be a very effective healing technique. We often come into this life carrying subconscious memories of traumas in past lives. Bringing theses memories to light can often heal the trauma.

Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage - Therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Pregnant women lie on their sides to be massaged and pillows are used to prop and support the mother-to-be.  In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy feels good, there are many other benefits for mother and baby. Studies have shown that massage can actually reduce stress hormones in the body. Touch is vital to the mother’s physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. It can also assist in maintaining proper posture, preparing muscles for childbirth, reduce swelling in hands and feet, lessen sciatic pain, and relieve headache and sinus congestion.

Myofascial Release – Fascia is the connective tissue that provides support and protection for muscles within the human body. Often times, due to trauma, overuse, disease, or inactivity, this fascia becomes restricted causing pain, muscle tightness, and diminished blood flow. Myofascial release is a therapy used to help release these tissues through gentle, hands-on, sustained pressure.

Acupuncture- An ancient form of medicine, thought to have been developed in China, however it may have even older origins. Although many think of acupuncture as only an energetic medicine, it is also utilized very effectively as a physical medicine. It was used as battlefield medicine in China and those techniques have been adapted to fit modern physical ailments. It is important to note that acupuncture also incorporates several other modalities that are often not as well known. The foremost of these synergistic modalities is Moxibustion, which involves the burning of the dried plant Mugwort in various forms to effect the acupuncture points with heat, which is not as easy to accomplish with a needle alone. Other ancillary techniques such as Gua Sha, Cupping, Electrical Stimulation, Dietary Therapy, Qi Gong, and Meditation can all play a role in certain cases. For a list of conditions that the World Health Organization has labeled as effective to be treated with acupuncture (not by any means a complete list).


Jill Cole is a Reiki Master and Rising Star Practitioner. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked in this field for a number of years. Jill lives in Connecticut with husband and three children. She is amazed at the healings people receive through energy work,. Now more than ever it is important to clear yourself of toxic energy, with the stresses that many are experiencing right now this helps to alleviate negative energy so people can be at their best and feel more at peace.

Barbara Fasulo has been teaching and training in various holistic modalities for many years, inspired by a series of injuries and illnesses she was experiencing. She is a graduate of the following programs: Yoga Instructor (graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga), Registered Hypnotist (CT#317), Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Therapist (graduate of Connecticut Healing Institute), Graduate of Saint Francis Hospital Clinical Pastoral Care Program. Barbara has provided consulting services to Saint Francis Hospital since 2005. She uses her training and experience to support others in their journey to wellness and balance body, mind, and spirit.

Marianne McAllister is a graduate of Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy, Newington, CT, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She provides a personalized massage guided by your individual needs and preferences and through any of a suite of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, hot stone therapy and Thai massage.  Her training and intuition will help you reduce pain, increase muscle health, decrease stress, anxiety and depression, increase your vitality and stimulate your energy flow — a comprehensive healing experience that goes beyond the relief of physical symptoms.

Alexander Tow, MS. L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Alexander was raised within a tradition of holistic medicine and has benefited from the healing effects of acupuncture for over twenty years, since first being treated at five years of age. He has practiced both traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts for twenty years, including wushu, tai chi, qi gong. He developed his own undergraduate program in The Martial Way through CUNY's interdisciplinary degree program, an in depth curriculum into the study of Chinese language, history, philosophy, culture and martial arts. He has traveled to China four times to study martial arts and language, as well as gain a more intimate understanding of the culture. Alexander was trained in three different styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) including Trigger Point Therapy (Dry Needling), and Japanese Kiiko Matsumoto (KM) style. He also holds certifications in four levels of Zheng Gu Tui Na (the program created by Tom Bisio), a classical form of Chinese Medicinal Massage. Currently, he is studying Classical Chinese Acupuncture, through a series of continuing education programs with Jeffrey Yuan. Clinic experience includes two years of treating patients in a college-directed community clinic, as well as two years of observation in a thriving NYC private practice. Alexander works to incorporate the most effective aspects of his training into a cohesive treatment focusing on addressing the individual's specific health concerns. Current weekly availability by appointment only: Tuesday: 9AM - 8PM, Wednesday: 9AM - 8PM, Friday: 9AM - 8PM, and Saturday: 9AM - 7PM.

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Massage Pricing:

1/2 hour $40.00
1 hour $75.00
1 1/4 hour $90.00
1 1/2 hour $100.00
*special pricing see description

Payment is cash or check directly to the therapist.

If unable to keep an appointment, please let us know by 5 pm of the previous day if possible to avoid being charged a cancellation fee by the therapist.

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