The Center for Conscious Healthy Living, in Denton, Maryland, offers a wide range of therapeutic massage services in a welcoming, relaxing environment. Click on the headings below to explore the different types of massage that Cindy Draper, LMT and her associates provide.

Deep Tissue

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle tissue, usually focusing on more specific areas of chronic tension. Some of the strokes are the same as standard Swedish massage but movement is slower and more concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Chronic muscle tension can be released by using slower strokes and direct deep pressure and/or friction across the grain of the muscle. This may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, you should feel much better within 24 – 48 hours.

The purpose of deep tissue massage is to loosen muscle fibers causing a release of tension patterns and removal of toxins built up around those muscle tensions. This in turn will relax and soothe the muscle. It is very important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue massage so that you eliminate these toxins from the body.

Why should I get a deep tissue massage?

It feels good and it is beneficial to your health. Stressed muscles block oxygen and nutrients from the muscles. This leads to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue.

  • Deep tissue massage helps loosen the muscles
  • release the toxins from the muscles
  • increases blood flow & oxygen to the muscle tissues
  • Deep tissue massage is effective for arthritis pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis
  • Studies have shown fibromyalgia patients receiving massage have fewer sleep problems and less anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain and stiffness.


Developed in the 1700’s by Swedish Dr. Henrik Ling “Swedish Massage” refers to hands on techniques used to relax muscles by applying pressure and rubbing in the direction of the heart. Swedish massage techniques include, long strokes (effleurage), kneading (Petrissage), percussion, vibration, and shaking.

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing massage. It’s main purpose is to increase oxygen in the blood and release toxins in the muscles. It is the most common massage in the west. This is best place to start if it’s your first massage. Swedish massage can be slow and gentle or invigorating, depending on the therapists style or what she is trying to achieve.

Benefits of massage include:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased energy
  • Better self esteem
  • Reduced stress levels

If you have an existing health condition massage is an even more important part of your healthcare planning.


Prenatal massage is provided for pregnant women after their first trimester up to and including the time of delivery. Special precautions are taken to care for mothers changing body. Many pillows are used to provide the best possible comfort during the massage.


As your body changes many muscles are stretched tighter causing discomfort. The massage can help relieve these tense muscles. As the pelvis expands for the baby it may cause considerable low back pain. Massage can help relieve these symptoms.

  • Relieve tense muscles from body changes during pregnancy
  • Relieve low back pain
  • Decrease labor time 25 – 30% with regular massage during pregnancy
  • Headaches due to stress on neck muscles or hormone changes

Studies have shown women who receive regular massage during their pregnancy have 25% – 30% less labor time!

Hot Stone

Basalt river stones in various sizes are heated in water to 120 – 130 degrees. These stones are then used to warm the muscles by placing them on the chakra points of the body: between toes, in the hands and on either side of the spine on the back.

While these stones are on the body the therapist is also massaging the client with heated, oiled stones used in the palms of the hand with firm strokes along the legs, arms & torso areas.

Hot stone massage is not just gliding the stones lightly on the surface. The stones are also used as tools for deep tissue massage. The client can customize the massage by communicating with the therapist as to how much pressure is comfortable in each area.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

  • Heat penetrates deeply to relax muscles
  • Increases blood flow to area being worked on
  • Accelerates healing of tense muscles
  • Relaxation of body, mind & soul provided through warmth and coziness of hot stones

Hot Stone Massage just feels wonderful. A Hot Stone Massage generally lasts about 1 hour.


Reflexology is a gentle, noninvasive, holistic therapy, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet that correspond to every organ, gland and major part of the body. In a reflexology treatment, pressure is exerted on these reflexes by the thumbs and fingers (thumb walking) to relieve stress and stimulate healing.


  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Improve blood supply
  • Promotes the unblocking of nerve impulses
  • Helps body achieve Homeostasis

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses.

Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue.

Other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, or possibly fibromyalgia or migraine headaches.

Patient symptoms usually include tightness of the tissues that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing individuals to favor and overuse one hip or shoulder, for example:

  • A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain
  • Pain in any part or parts of the body, including headache or back pain

Make an appointment to see how Myofascial Release Therapy can help bring back your flexibility and range of motion.

Clinical Acupressure

Acupressure and Acupuncture use the same pressure points or meridians and are actually quite alike. The main difference between the professions is that Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure.

When these acupressure points are stimulated they promote circulation of blood, release muscular tension and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure therapy can be used to:

  • Improve circulation
  • Increase energy level
  • Relieve pain
  • Activate the parasympathetic nervous system for deep relaxation
  • Improve heart rate variability
  • Reduce cortisol levels for weight loss
  • Revitalize and rejuvenate

“Sometimes described as ‘acupuncture without the needles,’ Clinical Acupressure (CA) promotes wellness and rejuvenation by accessing and addressing the vital energies of the body.

CA is derived from traditional acupressure which uses touch on specific points to release and rebalance the way energy flows through the body. Specific point combinations are held with firm, gentle finger pressure as the body, mind and spirit return to balance. CA is often used to complement more traditional methods such as physical therapy, massage, or nursing. It also stands very well on its own. A full CA session takes about an hour, and the client stays fully dressed while receiving the session.”

-Soul Lightening International

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

CST improves your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction which include:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Stress and tension related disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Motor coordination impairments
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Infant and childhood disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Post Traumatic stress disorder
  • Orthopedic problems
  • And many other conditions

A typical CranioSacral session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.

A CranialSacral session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.

What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.

Seva Stress Release

The Seva (pronounced SAY-VA) Stress Release is a series of acupressure points in a particular sequence that is designed specifically to ease the human stress response and support overall well-being. Seva does not involve any needles; instead, very gentle pressure is applied with the practitioner’s fingertips to several areas of the body, mainly middle and lower back, legs, shoulders, arms, hands, and head.

3 R's: Relaxation, Rebalancing, Rejuvenation

Experience the 3 R’s with Michele Wade, a combination of modalities designed to set you on the path to healing mind, body and spirit.

Relaxation with Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique used to enhance the bodies natural ability to heal. deeply relaxing this part of the session begins the process of well being.

Rebalancing with CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle touch method to assist the body in rebalancing the central nervous system.

Rejuvenation with Massage

Massage increases circulation to muscle tissue improving nourishment vital to the work of these marvelous fibers.

The client is fully clothed during the session which lasts from 45 – 60 minutes. Each session is unique to the individual.