Massage

THE HOW AND WHY OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Touch is one of those basic aspects of life that is oftentimes taken for granted. Yet touch in the form of therapeutic massage can be one of the most effective means of natural healing. Massage as a holistic practice is increasingly recognized as a valid adjunct to general healthcare practices.

In our highly stressful environment, massage provides you with quiet time to focus on yourself and become more connected to your body. It not only helps you to relieve stress and tension, but can aid in discovering its source. Best of all—it feels good!

Massage is a stimulating, manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for the purpose of feeling better through touch. When done properly, massage helps to create trust, empathy, and respect for our physical existence leading to a general sense of well-being.

A massage can be directed toward a particularly painful or tight area or be an overall full body massage. In addition, massage is appropriate for people of all ages.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE BENEFITS

Enhances Energy Flow

Eliminates Toxins

Improves Circulation and Blood Flow

Improves Nutrition to the Cells

Increases Joint Flexibility

Reduces Stress and Tension

Relieves Muscular Aches and Pains

Sports Conditioning

Teaches One to Release, Open and Relax

Directs Attention Within the Body to Create Inner Harmony

Loosens Tight Muscles

Revitalizes the Whole Body

Helps Maintain Health

Prompts Healing Power

Promotes Healthy Skin

EXPLANATION OF MASSAGE STYLES

Deep Tissue Massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. This invigorating experience is a process of detection of stiff or painful areas. The therapist determines the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature and slowly works into the muscle tissue. Specific hand positions and strokes are used to respond to various tissue qualities. Techniques employing breath and movement are also used for releasing muscular congestion.

Myofascial Release works with the body’s contractile connective tissues (muscles) and non-contractile supportive connective tissues (fascia) through the application of gentle traction, pressures and positioning. Fascia is a complex supportive web which affects the musculo-skeletal, nervous and organ systems. Myofascial release techniques coax muscles in spasm to relax and break adhesions in the fascia. Bodies respond to this therapy by releasing tension stored in the fascia, thus increasing flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures

Pre-natal Massage is a gentle form of massage given throughout pregnancy to promote circulation, alleviate stress, and relieve some of the aches and pains that often accompany pregnancy. During the latter stages, the client is massaged while lying on her side.

Swedish Massage is a technique which applies long superficial strokes combined with deep kneading, rolling, and rubbing of the body’s musculature. Swedish massage is always done in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It’s purpose is to relieve stress, relax muscles, increase circulation, and remove metabolic waste products. It also helps the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness and a better awareness of their body. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes.

MASSAGE EXTRAS

Aromatherapy practiced over 5,000 years ago by Egyptians, utilizes the natural essences extracted from a variety of plant materials to help promote physiological and psychological well-being and relaxation.

Essential oils are concentrated fragrant extracts, cold-pressed or steam-distilled from blossoms, leaves or roots. The essential oils are diluted with massage oil and applied to the body during massage.