Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise 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.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery 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.
- Relieve migraine pain.
A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, allowing them to tune into the craniosacral rhythm. The massage therapist gently work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is optimized, and misaligned bones are restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use this therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Deep Tissue Massage:
This therapy is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.
Hot Stone Massage:
A stone massage uses water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil will be used by the therapist to deliver various massaging strokes. As the stones are placed along the recipient's back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman's body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.
Scar Release Therapy:
Releases and realigns the adhered tissues from the starting point (visible scar) to the end point (where the line of frozen fascia stops). The approach centers on the lengthening of the superficial to deep fascia, the breaking down of adhesions and the increase of lymphatic and venous circulation to the tissue. Understanding that scar tissue has the potential to spread in any direction including internally and can restrict movement or function anywhere in the body, from a joint to an organ, you gain a whole new perspective on pain and physical complications in the body.
Short Theraputic Massage Session: A 30 minute therapeutic massage session tailored specifically for severe tension in a clients head and neck or the quad muscle group along with the IT Band. This helps maintain pain relief in site specific areas of pain which the client has on a chronic basis. For pain maintenance.
Athletes report that a sports massage helps them train more effectively, improve performance, prevent injury, and recovery quickly. Therapeutic sports massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. Massage can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
Swedish massage uses long, flowing strokes to massage. It is calming and gentle with a deep focus on relaxation and stress relief. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.