Do you find you are getting more headaches these days? Do you tend to hold a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders? Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night because your body just can’t get comfortable? If you answered yes to any of these, then you may be an ideal candidate for massage therapy.
Benefits of Massage
Besides feeling incredible, massage is generally accepted as a part of integrative medicine and is being used along with traditional treatments for a variety of illnesses and conditions. The benefits of massage include:
- Reduced stress and increased relaxation
- Reduction in muscle pain and tension
- Improved circulation
- Lowering blood pressure and heart rate
- Improved immune function
- Reduction in anxiety
- Helps with digestive disorders
- Alleviates fibromyalgia pain
- Relieves chronic headaches
- Helps with insomnia
- Helps with lower back pain
- And much, much more!
While the term message in general refers to any rubbing or pressure applied to soft tissue, there are various types of massage that you may find beneficial.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of massage therapy that may help to relieve swelling that occurs when medical treatment of poor health causes blockages to the lymphatic system. This is the part of the body that protects us from infection and disease.
When most people think of getting a message, they are picturing a Swedish massage, which is a very gentle form of massage that uses long strokes and deeper circular motions. After receiving a Swedish massage, most people feel calm and relaxed, yet energized.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name suggests, this massage uses more pressure to target the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. We typically suggest this type of massage for people who are recovering from muscle damage injuries.
Somewhat similar to a Swedish massage as far as pressure used, this massage is for athletes to help prevent or treat injuries and improve performance.
Pre Natal & Post-Partum Massage
Relax, reduce swelling, improve nerve pain, and aid in circulatory and lymphatic systems, improve mood and lower stress levels and aid in hormone regulation.
Peppermint Scalp Massage
Clear your mind, cool your head with this massage provides deep relaxation, relives headaches, releases tension, stimulates the scalp and assists with mental alertness! provide a great pick me up.
Health conditions – including obesity, inflammation, infection and cancer and post op for cosmetic surgeries which can cause lymph fluids to build up (lymphedema). Lymphatic drainage massage helps to reduce this by using gentle pressure to move lymph (excess fluid) from your tissues to your lymph nodes.
Hot Stone Massage
Relax under the strokes, and movement of volcanic rock stones heated between 130-145 degrees along your spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, feet, palms, etc. Relieves muscle tension and pain, reduces stress and anxiety, helps with sleep, and more.
Hot Towel/Cold Stone Massage
Reduce inflammation with cold stones to assist with headaches, sinus and other concerns.
Hot Bamboo Stick Massage
Bamboo sticks act as an extension of the hands of the massage therapist and can easily palpate, find tension, and dissolve knots and trigger points.
Ease back pain, neck pain, headaches and other problems. Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy that involves creating a suction force to pull the blood into the skin. Improves flow of energy to the area of the body and promotes healing.
LED Infrared Therapy for Pain
Infrared light can exert certain effects on living cells and with numerous applications treats inflammation, assists pain relief, and wound healing.
Ultrasound Therapy for Pain
Sound waves are used to penetrate soft tissues, increasing blood flow. This can help relieve pain, improve circulation, and promote tissue healing.
Specific abdominal work for peristalsis- IBD
Method to loosen GI tract if people are experiencing irritable bowel syndrome. Helps aid in digestion and with brain and gut connection. Healthy Gut Healthy Mind!
You Deserve to be Pain-Free and Healthy!
Many people feel that taking the time and/or spending the money to get a massage is too “indulgent.” But massages have little to do with “pampering” yourself and more to do with ensuring you are as healthy as possible. Sure, they feel awesome, but as you saw, massages also offer some profound health benefits.
If you have been struggling with muscular tension or pain and would like to get some help, please just give us a call. We’re happy to talk to you about what’s going on and come up with the best treatment for you.