What is Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.  It is also an alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning, if employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.  (Massage is not recommended for up to 2 weeks after an accident depending on your doctor’s recommendation and your situation.)

Massage therapists work to improve the circulation of blood through the body and to speed the removal of metabolic waste products from muscles. Their skilled kneading increases the flexibility of muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Some people visit a massage therapist to relieve pain or to warm up before a sporting event. Others want to relax and reduce stress.

Benefits of Massage

  • Enhances General relaxation
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph
  • Reduces muscular tension and associated discomfort
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increase of energy flow
  • Enhances tissue elasticity and flexibility
  • Increases range of motion in joints
  • Relaxes tight muscles
  • Relieves muscle aches and stiffness
  • Speed up recovery from exercise
  • Promoting well nourished – healthy skin
  • Improves immune system functioning

Considering What Type Of Massage To Receive?

 Before looking at the list below we would like you to know that most of our massage sessions include a variety of modalities.  If we limited your appointment to only one approach we would feel we are doing you a disservice.  There is usually more than one symptom or issue to be addressed and no one type of massage can affectively help your well-being.  It is our responsibility to look for, detect and work on the issues you have, and utilize whatever means we find necessary to have you leave our facility in better condition then when you came in.  For the best results we suggest we work together on what best suits your needs.

Please also note one massage cannot “fix” or take away what has taken weeks or years to develop.  Once you have received a massage you should come back before your body is again in dire need.  It’s better for your health and easier for both you and the therapist.

Swedish massage

Refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins (which carry blood back to the heart) both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate. Many believe it is safe to apply light pressure in the opposite direction. Friction is reduced using oil or lotion.

The strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to speed venous blood return from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load.

Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves. As it can help reduce emotional and physical stress it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure and/or friction applied to the muscles. This invigorating experience is a process of detection of stiff or painful areas by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature, and slowly working into the deep layers of muscle tissue. Specific hand positions and strokes are then used to respond to various tissue qualities. Techniques employing breath and movement are also used for releasing muscular congestion.

Sports Massage

Is used primarily for the serious athlete who trains continuously. It focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity. It also includes pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance and lessen chances of injury & reduce recovery time.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

This healing technique has become a popular massage choice. It blends soothing, gentle, rhythmical, precise massage-like movements to accelerate the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body.  The lymph system is only pumped by the movements of your body.  So manual   assistance helps encourage a healthier immune system.  Many women receive this modality for PMS relief.  A major assistance for post surgery, especially plastic surgery and joint replacements.  Also a relief for edema and major bruising.

Hot Stone Therapy

Stones are heated, then placed on strategic areas of the body to soften tissues, increase circulation and provide comfort and relaxation. Massage therapists also use the stones as extensions of their hands as they perform other massage techniques.  This particular session

Tends to bring the client to inner reflection and focus because of the placement of the heat.

Chair Massage

Is one name for a short (30 minute) massage of a client sitting in a special, portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used while their shoulders, neck, upper back, head and arms are massaged. On-Site is popular at some offices as an employee benefit and for some conferences, workshops and certain social events.

Reiki

During Reiki, which means” universal life-force energy, “the healer”  channels what is known as universal energy. The treatment follows a traditional pattern of hand positions resting on the body without pressure. Reiki is pure energy, and brings about deep relaxation and healing.

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