Cristobal's Massage Sarasota Philosophy

At Cristobal's Massage Sarasota our practice is based on three basic principles:

  • Providing undivided attention to you, the client.
  • Offering a serene and peaceful environment, with exclusive dedication to massage therapy.
  • Practicing massage therapy with the understanding that a massage therapy treatment should always be RELAXING, and in COMPLETE CONFORT.
  • Using only the best massage products, and the purest essential oils.
We believe that these three basics give us the best chance for achieving results.  At Cristobal's Massage Sarasota we belief in the healing power of Massage Therapy.

At Cristobal's Massage Sarasota we understand that everyone has particular requirements, and that these requirements change for individuals overtime.  At Cristobal's, massage therapy sessions are skillfully designed to meet your specific needs, at that particular time. Typical primary goals for massage therapy are:

  • Anxiety and stress elimination, improving your ability to cope with stress.
  • Release your muscle tension and pain, thus improving body function and relieving disconfort.
  • Reactivate your metabolism, thus increasing your enegy levels during the day, and enhancing your sleep at night.
  • Facilitate faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments.
  • Enhance athletic performance and recovery of overworked muscles.
  • Providing greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
  • Soothing the body and the mind.

For example, relaxation and the ensuing stress reduction might be the primary focus of your massage therapy treatments for some time.   At another time the primary goal might be improving posture.  After a weekend of sporting the focus might be the speedy recovery from a sports event.  We at Cristobal's Massage Sarasota believe in the massive healing power of massage therapy.   You will find descriptions of the most common bodywork techniques that we use below.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Massage is a general term for a range of body related therapies involving educated touch used to treat stress reduction, and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal problems. Massage not only feels great, it is also really good for your body, mind and spirit.

Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Swedish massage uses professsional quality therapeutic touch, that is, direct manipulation of the soft tissues, with relaxation being its main purpose.  Long gliding strokes, or effleurage, are used in abundance for their soothing effect.  Swedish is normally a full-body massage.

Sports Massage

Our goal is to meet each individual client’s massage therapy needs, and in the field of treatment & performance oriented massage, our philosophy remains the same: Our massages take place in profound relaxation and confort.

We use what you tell us, our intuition, and the massage techniques better suited for you at that moment.  Some of the massage therapy techniques we use are: Neuromuscular Massaage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Orthopedic Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching. Sports massage helps to prevent injury, enhance and maximize athletic performance, and reduce recovery time.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue massage is a general term for a range of therapies that involve an understanding of the layers of the body, and the technique to work with tissues in these body layers to release holding patterns, to decompress joints, to enlarge muscles, all being achieved efficiently, with the client in perfect confort and relaxation.  A true deep tissue massage is quite relaxing and enjoyable.  Deep tissue massage can be used to alleviate pain, correct deficient body posture or patterns, achieve more flexibility and better muscle tone.

Myofascial Techniques

The focus of these techniques is the fascia system that energizes, suports and connects all of our tissues and that translates muscle contraction into organized movement.  Myofascial techniques work on connective tissue, so that connective tissue works as designed. Goals here are to stretch and soften the fascia, resulting in the elimination of fascia attachments, restoring more ideal alignment and function, better movement, and reducing pain.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is one of the many techniques useful in the treatment of myofascial problems.  A trigger point is a small area of hyperirritability in the muscle tissue, typically a point of innervation, that is painful in respomse to pressure, and that often refers or radiates pain to some other area of the body.   Trigger points can refer pain patterns throught the body.   Trigger point therapy will consist first in assessment of the condition, and patterns.   Trigger point therapy should not overwork irritable points, and is most often combined with a full body massage, for better effectiveness.   Methods used in this therapy can involve neuromuscular therapy, body energy, direct manipulation of proprioceptors, positional release, and even myofascial release.

Thai Massage

Thai massage promotes relaxation, as it is performed in a meditative state. Thai massage is a form of yoga, getting you out of your mind and into the body and the moment.  Thai massage is physical, encouraging Range of Motion in the joints, which releases tension at all levels. Thai massage is healing, as it removes blockages and improves vitality.  Receiving thai massage over time builds a high level of fitness, and improves flexibility.   Thai massage is an art, as the practioner calibrates pressure and flexibility that are effective, yet confortable for the client.


Reflexiology is an art and a science which utilizes the principle that there are reflex areas (involuntary responses) in the hands and feet corresponding to all glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexiology bodywork consits in working the reflex points in zonal areas.   The therapist uses their thumbs and fingers as their tools applying gentle pressure using circular motions to simulate the reflex points and affect balance within the whole body.   Reflexiology can assist the body by relaxing it and stimulating the blocked nerve endings, thereby stimulating sluggish glands and organs, and help them to regains their normal functioning.


Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils and floral waters for therapeutic purposes, by using our sense of smell, or by applying essential oils on the skin for its healing properties.   Humans process odors and aromas together with emotions, moods, and memories.   A scent brings physical and psychologiacal reactions, and some pure essential have wonderful healing properties when applied to the skin.  We use essential oils in massage, diluted with either creams, lotions, or "carrier" oils, to nourish the skin and enhance the effects of massage. Some commonly used essential oils are:

  • Chamomile,
    Relieves pain. reduces spasms and inflamationm.  Chamomille also promotes sleep, soothing anxiety.
  • Geranium
    Geranium relieves stress, and nourishes skin.
  • Eucalyptus
    Eucalytus ameliorates the nasty effects of colds.
  • Lavender
    Lavender promotes relaxation, and when applied to irritated skin promotes healing.
  • Lemon
    Lemon is refreshing and uplifting.
  • Peppermint
    Relieves headaches and nausea.   Contraindicated for childrem, elderly or pregnant women.
  • Pine
    Pine eases joint pain, improves respiratory processess, and has an uplifting effect.
  • Rose
    Rose is wonderful for dry skin. Rose aroma has an uplifting and soothing effect.

Strain Counterstrain

Strain and Counterstrain is a passive positional procedure that places the body or part into a position of greatest confort thereby relieving pain by the rreduction and rest of inappropriate proprioceptor activity that maintains the dysfunction.   Strain Counterstrain relaxes hypertonic and spastic muscles, decreases fascial tension, reduces edema, decreases pain. strengthens flaccid muscles, facilites neuromuscualr reorganization, and increases circulation.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is a generic term that encompasses a variety of treatment approaches.   Based on the concepts of tonus receptor mechanism, reflex arc, muscle stimulation and positional receptors, it uses stretching, lengthening, gliding, friction, and static/ischemic compressions to muscles and trigger points to treat soft tissue pain and dysfunction, interrrupting the neuromuscular feedback that maintains pain and dysfunction.

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