Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Help to alleviate stress.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow – one of the body’s natural defenses.
  • Mobilize and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Help to alleviate depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins – amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Promote shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

 

Types of Massages Offered

Swedish – This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish Massage or simply massage therapy. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a good one to try first.

Deep Tissue – Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one or two days after a deep tissue massage, but the results speak for themselves.

Medical Massage Sessions – Outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem the patient presents with a diagnosis and is administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.

Sports Massage– Specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you do not have to be a professional athlete to have one. It’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus is not on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. Strokes are done centripetally (Towards the Heart) in a fast motion to mimic circulation. (Post Activity Flush)

Pregnancy – Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s needs.