Active Therapeutic Massage
Benefits of Massage
Benefits of Massage
These are just a few benefits of many when getting a massage on a regular basis.
*Relieve Stress *Improve Circulation
*Relieve Post Operative Pain *Reduce Inflammation Caused from Arthritis
*Reduce Anxiety *Promote Relaxation
*Manage Low Back Pain *Decrease Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
*Reduce Muscle Tension *Help Chronic Neck Pain
*Enhance Athletic Performance *Increase Range of Motion
*Relieve Tension Headaches *Increase Flexibility
*Sleep Better *Decrease Migraine Frequency
*Ease Symptom of Depression
The body consists of 3 layers of muscle. Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the 2nd and 3rd layer of muscle. This technique is recommended on those who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, (such as athletes), and individuals who have sustained physical injury. It is quite common to feel bruised and sore for up to 3 days after this massage.
This technique is performed by using a special gua-sha tool and scraping the skin. In doing this, the capillaries are broken which brings fresh blood and oxygen to the area being worked. Reddening of the skin is a result from this technique and will disappear in the following days. It sounds painful, but it really is not. Many clients say it's soothing!
Cupping involves placing plastic cups on the skin to create suction. By doing this, it enhances circulation, helps relieve pain, removes "heat" and pulls out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. This technique is not painful, but may leave round, red marks.
This technique requires using a very light touch in a rhythmic and circular motion. A massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently and help it move the lymph fluids back to the heart. This can assist your body in clearing sluggish tissues of wastes and swelling.
A relaxation massage consists of smooth, flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed with a light to medium pressure. This massage is designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relieve minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation.
Sensitive spots in muscle tissue is known as a Trigger Point. These points are found and held until the point releases. Many times these points trigger points lead to an increase in muscle stiffness and tenderness and a decrease in range-of-motion. The discomfort from trigger points often radiate pain called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils chosen by the massage therapist for both the body and the mind. Essential oils can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied to sore and stressed muscles. They can also be diffused into the air to be inhaled to soothe the mind and help eliminate anxiety.
Sports massage not only helps athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training, but it is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area usually associated with some sort of sports activity, or any repetitive motion. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
Pregnancy massage is performed with mom-to-be on her side with pillows placed under her head, belly and in between her knees. A relaxing massage is performed. Regular prenatal massages helps with relieving insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain, leg cramping, and sciatica.