Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management.

Swedish Massage

As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish Massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massages go beyond relaxation. They are exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Deep tissue massage

Deep Tissue Massage therapy is similar to Swedish Massages, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Sports Massage

Geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers, the particulars of the Sports Massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements, one of the key benefits of Sports Massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.

Prenatal Massages

A healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness, Prenatal Massages relieve many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy; such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, Prenatal Massages reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymphatic circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

Geriatric Massages

Designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population, this type of massage uses a gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being. Geriatric Massages can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Aroma Therapy

Aroma Therapy uses fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of other massage techniques. Before each session begins, you can choose one of our unique oil blends to be used during your massage treatment.

Guided Meditation

A form of meditation where an individual is verbally guided into a state of consciousness either by a person’s live voice or by a recording of a voice. This process and practice of meditation requires an individual to follow verbal instructions that teach the individual how to relax the entire body, clear the mind, concentrate on breathing, remove stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace. It’s one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment.

Reflexology

A deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or pains resulting from everyday work and play. Traditional Swedish and Sports Massage techniques are applied to the hand, foot, calf and upper leg. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body.

Shiatsu

A non-evasive form of therapeutic bodywork originating in Japan that utilizes kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques, helping to reduce stress and contribute to an overall well-being. This procedure is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing and the effects may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the goal of the session.

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