The Pali word Mettā means benevolence or goodwill and loving kindness.

Mettā Therapeutic Massage & Wellness is a group of independent professionals specializing in massage, bodywork, skin care and holistic wellness.

We combine our deep interest in science, exercise and movement of the human body, with the power of healing touch.

It all starts with Mettā.

Therapeutic Massage

Lomi Lomi

Originating from the Big Island of Hawaii, Lomi Lomi has the capacity to accommodate various client's needs including, increasing energy, joy, levels of relaxation, muscular reset, preparation for an endurance event and much more.  Flowing with total energy and using long continuous strokes; the speed, depth and variety of methods can be adjusted to directly match the client's preferences, making this one of the most flexible modalities available.

Highly recommended for athletes or anyone with overall stiffness!

  • 60 minutes - $85

NormaTec Compression Recovery

Normatec is quickly becoming a leader in rapid recovery. The systems give a competitive edge to the world's elite athletes, coaches and trainers. Mettā's goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of, not only every athlete's training but, in everyday life for everyone through bodywork, as a form of preventative care and recovery. And we feel that NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are one of the best compliments to our hands on practice.

NormaTec systems are made up of a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid and speed recovery. When you use the systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works it's way up your limb.

Created by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) to enhance blood flow and speed recovery, NormaTec PULSE compression pattern employs three key techniques to maximize your recovery:

Pulsing: Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the l, sequential pulse technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing). The patented pulsing action more effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, greatly enhancing the movement of the fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout, long trip or long day on your feet.

Gradients: Veins and lymphatic vessels have one-way valves that prevent fluids back flow. Similarly, NormaTec PULSE technology uses hold pressures to keep fluids from being forced in the wrong direction. Because of this enhancement, instead of tapering pressure off, the PULSE can deliver maximum pressure in every zone.

Distal Release: Because extended static pressure can be detrimental the body's normal circulatory flow, sequential pulse technology releases the hold once they are no longer needed to prevent back flow. By releasing the hold pressure in each zone as soon as possible, each portion of the limb gains maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.

30 minute session • $20 60 minute session • $35

Packages (30 min) Pack of 10 • $180 Pack of 20 • $320 Pack of 40 • $560

Packages (60 min) Pack of 10 • $315 Pack of 20 • $560 Pack of 40 • $980

1 Month Unlimited • $239

Once a week (30 min) • $55 (With a 6 month auto-renewal contract)

Once a week (60 min) • $112 (With a 6 month auto-renewal contract)

 

Integrative Therapeutic Massage

Integrative Therapeutic Massage combines techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and propriocepritive neuromuscular facilitated stretching to treat and prevent chronic and acute injuries while helping relieving stress. An educated assessment of your body will help to design the proper plan of treatment and care.

  • 30 Minutes - $45
  • 60 Minutes - $80
  • 90 Minutes - $105
  • 120 Minutes - $155

Ask your therapist about massage packages

Thai Massage (Nuat Boran)

Thai Massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage, is performed on a large mat on the floor. Client is provided loose, comfortable clothing to wear as the therapist takes them through a series of pres-point work and stretching. The deep pres- sure point work and palm pressing is used along “Thai sen lines” in your body. Range-of-motion and large body stretches are incorporated bringing into yoga-style poses. This is why Thai massage has often been referred to as “lazy man’s yoga.” Thai yoga can be slightly more intense compared to Western forms of massage many are used to but clients have shown incredible results.

  • 60 Minutes - $100
  • 90 Minutes - $140
  • 120 Minutes - $175

Hot Herbal Thai Bundles can be added to any treatment for $30 and are yours to keep!

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio taping method involves taping over and around muscles in oder to assist and support or to prevent over contraction all while allowing you to remain involved in your normal activities. This specially designed, elastic, cotton tape helps provide facilitation of lymph flow and also affects the activation of the neurological system. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan it has taken the rehabilitation and sports medicine world by storm in the most recent years.

To learn more please speak to your Kinesio Tex Practitioner Tiffany Rickert or visit the Kinesio website.

  • Add a taping to any massage for $10
  • Additional taping $15

Couples Massage

Want an even better way to relax and relieve muscle pain? Enjoy a massage with your partner or friend. Either chat away or relax with tables side by side while you each unwind with your own personal therapist.

  • 60 Minutes - $160
  • 90 Minutes - $220

Please call ahead when scheduling a couples massage to allow time to schedule two therapists.

Hot Stone Massage

Smooth, water heated basalt stones become and extension of the therapists hands providing relief from muscle tension and restrictions. Muscles “melt,” and open up from warmth, allowing deeper work without the feeling of the pressure, while sending you into a medative state of relaxation.

  • 90 Minutes - $125

Prenatal or Postpartum “Mother Massage”

Pregnancy brings on a deal of great changes. There are many physical and psychological changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as after birth. Now more than ever is the time you need your health and vitality. Massage is a wonderful was to relax, increase your energy, and relieve discomfort during pregnancy.  (Lay face down full term with our safe and comfortable body cushions!)

Infant Massage Classes

Infant Massage is an ancient parent tradition within many cultures that has been rediscovered and adapted by the western world. Learn how to stimulate the growth and development of your baby while reducing your own stress level. Bond with your baby as you help reduce gas and colic and promote deeper, longer sleep for your little one.

Infant Massage classes are taught individually or in a group, once a week for 4 to 5 weeks. Babies are gradually introduced to massage so they are not over stimulated. Classes last approximately one hour each.

  • Individual Classes - $35 per class
  • Group Classes - $25 per class

Wellness Treatments

Reiki

The word, Reiki, is a combination of two Japanese words: Rei, which means, "a higher power's wisdom," and Ki, which is the energy of life force.

This healing technique is based on the principal that the Reiki practitioner acts as a channel of energy exchange for the client by means of hand placement and light touch, to activate the natural healing process of the client's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

For more information or to schedule a reiki session, please contact Tiffany Rickert - tiffany@syracusemetta.com

Cupping Therapy

Descriptions and pricing coming soon!

In the meantime, please contact Tiffany at 315-372-6003 or Tiffany@syracusemetta.com, for mor information and appointment availability.

Floating

Coming this November!

WHAT IS FLOATING?

Floating, also known as sensory deprivation, isolation therapy or R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) is a form of therapy that has been around since the mid 1950's. It was invented by neuro-scientist, John C. Lily and used to study consciousness and it's relationship to the brain.

Floating triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep and enables us to drift into an elusive Theta state, which is hard to achieve. Without the distraction of external stimulation of every day life, (light, sound, temperature, gravity) our Central Nervous System's workload is reduced by 90%, enabling us to turn that energy inward and promotes a parasympathetic response. This is the response mechanism that allows our bodies to regenerate and heal itself naturally.

Inside the floatation tank 500 kg of specially formulated salts imported directly from Germany and added to 1000 liters of water, creating a 30 cm deep solution, which is heated to 35.5 degrees C, about 95 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately the temperature of your skin).

The temperature of the water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t.

The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom-salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness. Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the harmful forces of gravity.

With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.

A huge amount of brain power is used every second in order to deal with the strain that gravity places on one’s body but now floating weightlessly your body is perfectly supported by a cushion of silky skin-temperature liquid.

Freed from all sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuromuscular activity), you conserve and redirect vast amounts of natural physical and mental energy.

The ultra-deep relaxation of floating “resets” the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury or strenuous exercise.

With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down until it synchronizes with the creative side. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.

While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. The brain gradually shifts from its usual waking beta state to generate deep alpha, theta or even delta waves, the state-of-mind That Buddhist monks try to reach through hours of meditation and years of training. You can achieve this in a matter of Minutes just by lying back into the silky warm sea of bliss that is the floatation experience!

The Salt City Scrub

Essential oils and sea salts are applied to the body in a relaxing massage. Each oil has it’s own healing properties, while the salts stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells that block pores and dry the skin. Ending with a refreshing spring water mist, improving the health and tonicity of your skin.

  • 30 Minutes - $60
  • 60 Minutes - $95
  • 90 Minutes - $125
  • 120 Minutes - $150
  • Citrus Glow

    A combination of grapefruit, sweet orange, mandarin, lemon and lime.

  • Garden Glow

    A combination of mandarin, lavender, ylang ylang, with dried rose petals added to the salt.

  • Zen Glow

    A combination of tea tree, lemongrass, ginger, and ylang ylang.

  • Or create your own glow from a variety of essential oils.

Herbal Body Wraps

Experience a luxurious massage with your choice of healing essential oils. You will then be pampered by a wrap of hot linens infused with detoxifying herbs and green tea. While the oils and herbs work to cleanse toxins, hydrate your skin and relax your body, you will receive a gentle head, neck and facial massage. The treatment ends with a hot towel cleanse leaving you feeling renewed and pure.

  • 60 Minutes - $105

Nutrition/Exercise

Nutritional Counseling and Fuel Plans

For endurance, performance, weight loss, energy and overall health:

Please contact John Higgins for more information and to schedule an appointment

Email- jhiggins05@gmail.com

Cell- 315-372-7541

About Us.

John Higgins II

jhiggins05@gmail.com315-372-7541

Bachelors in Nutrition from Syracuse University

Lake Placid Ironman Finisher, avid runner and triathlete, Veteran.

John enjoys learning the different effects food has on the body and the role it plays in a person’s long-term health. The meaning of health is different for everyone and John works with his clients to help with their nutrition needs based on what health means to them. He keeps up to date with new research, evidence based recommendations for individual nutrition needs.

Throughout a given year John is working towards a triathlon, road race or just exercising for fun. Crossfit is also a part of his typical exercise schedule. He volunteers with Team Red, White and Blue http://www.teamrwb.org/ and has provided nutrition counseling for the Salvation Army’s Fitness for Life program. John has a degree in Nutrition Dietetics from Syracuse University.

 

Tiffany Rickert, LMT, CKTP, CIMI

Tiffany@syracusemetta.com315-372-6003

Tiffany M. Rickert is a native of the Syracuse area. She graduated from the Onondaga School Of Therapeutic Massage in 2003 and has been practicing as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist ever since. She has received advanced trainingPain Management, Kinesio Taping (CKTP), Prenatal and Post-Partum “Mother Massage,” Infant Massage (CIMI), Hot Stone Massage as well as a variety of Spa-style treatments. Tiffany has had intensive training in Traditional Thai Massage through the Thai Institute of Healing Arts in Arlington, VA. and is a 200-hour, Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the largest non-profit organization representing the massage therapy profession.

Tiffany loves the outdoors and can be found volunteering her services at different events all year round. She is an avid triathlete, member of the CNY Tri Club and a supporter of local food, music and business in the Syracuse area. She is a passionate believer in clean eating, exercise, therapeutic massage and the power of touch. She enjoys educating people on self-care for proper body mechanics and the benefits of massage for healing and preventative care.

Tiffany continues to educate herself in science, exercise, and the human body, mind and spirit through her practice and love of massage, Thai massage and yoga.

Jessica Corkran, LMT

jcorkran1983@gmail.com315-679-0532

Jessica graduated as valedictorian from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2015. She is a Syracuse native, mother of one, who has a long term interest in the health and wellbeing of others.

Jessica is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Jessica is interested in several aspects of the massage world including treatment therapy for medical conditions, swedish massage, connective tissue, prenatal massage, and also has knowledge in shiatsu. She would especially like to further her education and practice in treatment therapy.

She believes in taking extra care to ensure her clients feel comfortable and have a calming experience. She is a very active, outgoing person who enjoys a variety of athletic activities. She is fond of weight lifting, running, and nutrition. She is currently training to run her first half marathon this spring!

Jess has worked as a CMA for over five years and hopes to bring her knowledge to a new level in massage.

Jessica has many aspirations for her future as a LMT, and strives to continue to hone her skills through the power of touch.

Desiree “Dez” Marlowe

desireelmt315@gmail.com315-715-5220

Dez graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2010. She has a background working with both weight lifters and those who demand a lot from their bodies, physically, to working in a spa setting and giving some of the most luxurious treatments out there.    Dez has been nicknamed, “the unicorn” for her ability to give deep and effective bodywork, while making people feel as if they meditated for an hour after they leave.  She is also the creator of some of the amazing sore muscle salves and essential oil blends, scrubs and sprays we use and offer at Mettá.