Benefits of Massage
1. Improves posture
2. Strengthens the immune system
3. Provides deeper and easier breathing
1. Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
2. Satisfies the need for caring, nurturing touch
3. Increases awareness of mind-body connection
Disclaimer: massage therapy is not a substitute for proper medical treatment/counseling. Massage therapists do not diagnose illness or disease.
1. Assuages stress and lessens depression and anxiety. According to American Massage Therapy Association (Massage Journal Interview Fall 1999), stress-related disorders make up between 80 and 90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family practitioners.
2. Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye strain.
3. Alleviates lower back pain, improves range of motion and releases endorphins - amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
4. Promotes tissue regeneration, reduces scar tissue and stretch marks. Improves rehabilitation after injury.
5. Improves circulation and enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the body's natural defense system. Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
6. Helps athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
7. Reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Increases blood circulation and lymph flow.
8. Relaxes muscles and improves range of motion. Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness. Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles, increase joint flexibility and help relieve muscle tension and stiffness. It can also hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.
9. Enhances sleep quality, increases energy, improves concentration, and reduces fatigue.
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Which massage style is best for you?
Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control? Do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition or problem?
Types of Massage
1. Deep Tissue Massage: This type of massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, "trouble areas" in your body. These are slow deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscle tendons, and tissues deep under your skin.
2. Swedish Massage: This involves soft long kneading strokes as well as light pressure. Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
3. Myofascial Massage: Generally aimed at reducing pain or enhancing function, this technique includes naturally occurring physiological processes to eliminate the build-up of metabolic waste, which may otherwise stagnate around nerve endings, triggering pain.
4. Trigger Point Therapy: A trigger point is a area in the muscle that becomes tight and will refer pain to other areas of the body. For example, a trigger point in the calf muscle can cause referred pain to lower back.
5. Soft Tissue Release: This is a manipulation of soft tissue to release pain in the troubled area of the body.
6. Cranial Work: This a series of manipulative techniques applied to the cranial vault (skull) in an effort to relieve pain and suffering. Only the area that needs to be treated will be worked on. There is no undressing, and no greasy oils will get on your clothing.
7. Ashiatsu: Turning the tables on those who love a good foot massage, ashiatsu asks the feet to return the favor. Meaning "foot" (ashi) "pressure" (atsu), ashiatsu recipients are simply calling this technique "heaven." And although ashiatsu sessions may appear unconventional, with practitioners often holding on to specially-attached ceiling bars to maintain their balance while walking on a client's back, this type of bodywork is being heralded as a luxurious, deep-tissue massage.
"Each massage technique has its own benefits. I incorporate my cumulative knowledge of all techniques to form customized treatment plans for each of my clients' individual needs."