What is Massage?
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness. Always Remember! Consistent Massage maintains a happy and healthy Body!
What to Expect...
First Things First!
I create my sessions with added time in them so that you are not feeling rushed. It is important to take a few minutes after you arrive to prepare for your massage session and not feel like you are in a rush to get on the table. I want you to take your time so that you are in a more relaxed state and your body can fully appreciate and experience the benefits instead of wasting the first 10 minutes of your massage calming down from the stresses of the day. We will have you arrive 15 minutes early to allow plenty of time for this step in your visit.
Before we begin your session, we'll discuss what issues your body has been experiencing, how your body is working on that particular day, any new injuries, and your goals and expectations for the massage. Depending on your specific needs or requests, I will perform a customized full-body massage or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. I use only the highest quality massage oils and lotions during your treatment.
Now that the hard part is over, your massage therapist will escort you to your comfortable treatment room. When you enter the room, your therapists will finalize your massage plan and give you some time to disrobe to your comfort level. We attempt to make your entire experience with us customized and in doing so we have equipped each table with an adjustable table warmer, a convenient area to place your belongings and some hooks to hang your clothes.
At all times, your modesty is respected and it is entirely up to you regarding your level of disrobing. In general, the rule of thumb is that areas left clothed will not be worked on. Another important but often overlooked area of your massage is the level of communication during your session. Some clients enjoy a nice, quiet conversation with their massage therapists while others enjoy a silent session. Other than occasionally asking for feedback regarding pressure, your massage therapist will take the cue from you.
Just remember, this is your massage session, so please do not be afraid to tell us how we can make your session better.
Ending your Session
This is the part that everyone hates, the ending of your massage and the wind down of your visit. Once your session is completed, your massage therapist will gently bring you back to reality. The massage therapist will step out of your room, allowing you a minute or two to get dressed. Remember to check for all your belongings.
When you exit your treatment room, your therapist will escort you to the front and have some water for you. It is important that your drink a larger amount of water then normal after a massage session. Massage increases circulation and releases the toxins built up in the system, water will help to flush these from your system.
While checking out with our friendly front desk associates, do not forget to book your next session.
In order to receive the maximum benefits of massage, you must regularly receive massage sessions.
***Another helpful hint: For your next visit, try a longer session.
Benefits of Massage
How Can Massage Therapy Be Medically Beneficial?
Stress relief is key to achieving a healtjier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels all of which help reduce daily stress.
Relax. Reset. Repeat. Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.
Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can be relaxing to correct. Massage helps reinforce healthy and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track.
The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting improved body function.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. But one effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy.
Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage gets to the root of persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles.
Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.
Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing
One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress is constricted breathing. Massage can play an important role in reliving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.
45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage helps ease the pressure and pain, which can also reduce the chance and frequency of headaches.
Strengthens the Immune System
Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural "killer cells".
Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.
Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
Rehabilitation can be frustrating. A continual massage program can accelerate the recovery process, as well as help you relax and stay motivated.