Great Escape Day Spa

Headache / Migraine / TMJ

New services offered: Headache / Migraine / TMJ Relief Sessions

Headache / Migraine Relief Sessions: 30 minutes or 45 minutes

Headaches & Migraines affect about 30 million people yearly. They can happen at any age, but mostly between 10 and 40.  Approximately 75% of migraine sufferers are women. They may occur monthly, weekly or daily. Most last from 4 hour to 3 days. The triggers of migraines vary tremendously. Alcohol, Caffeine, Lack of Sleep and Hormonal changes in women are only a few. 

The exact cause of Headaches & Migraines is still unknown, but there have been promising research conducted. Most often there is a change in blood flow in the brain, which is causing the pain. A current theory is that something triggers arteries of the scalp and the carotid artery to constrict. As these arteries constrict they can cause platelets to clot the blood causing the release of serotonin. The serotonin will increase the constriction of the arteries. The reduced blood flow to the brain can cause the beginnings of the Headache and possible visual disturbances. Other arteries of the brain will dilate to meet the oxygen needs of the brain. The dilation will spread to the arteries of the scalp and carotid artery causing and increase of blood flow to the brain. This can cause the release of inflammatory mediators causing swelling and a headache.

Types of Headaches include: Tension, Sinus & Migraine

During your session, we will work on Acupressure Points, Trigger Points, Occipital & Cranial holds, Suture friction, stretching & positional release.

Self Care for Headaches & Migraines include: Listening to gentle relaxing music, Ice or cold compress on the neck, Gentle stretching of neck muscles, Gentle deep breathing exercises, Meditation, Good Sleep, regular exercise and limiting excessive caffeine.


TMJ Relief Sessions: 30 minutes or 45 minutes

Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction (TMJD) is a term used to describe chronic or acute inflammation of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). It is estimated that 75% of Americans have had some symptoms of TMJD and between 5% to 10% require some sort of Professional help. Dentists, Talk Therapists, Neurologists, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists can be utilized to treat this disorder.

The TMJ is one of the most used joints in the human body. It is moving while talking, chewing, yawning & sneezing. The TMJ is one of two joints of the body that is a Synovial joint with an articular disk inside. The movements allowed by this joint are rotational motions such as elevation (closing the mouth) & depression (opening the mouth), translation (pushing out the chin), retraction (pulling in the chin) and side-to-side movements.

During your session, we will work on the muscles and nerves of the head. Including Masseter, Temporalis, Sternocleidomastiod SCM. 

Self Care for TMJD includes: limiting the opening of the jaw (yawning, etc) no further than within a pain free range, Rest the jaw by avoiding heavy chewing (gum, bagel, tough meats), Avoid grinding and clenching of the teeth by keeping them slightly apart and the jaw relaxed, Avoid leaning or sleeping on the jaw, Avoid chewing fingernails or non-food objects, and using ice packs or moist heat compresses