As you might expect, massages are especially effective for aches like lower-back pain. Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington, found that massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.
Several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal.
Tight back muscles can cause your back to get out of alignment. Chiropractic treatments treat the symptom of poor spinal alignment, not the cause. A massage releases muscle tension, which can cause you to sit at odd angles, or to sleep poorly. Either of these can cause you to then have poor spine alignment.
Massage also eases distress from migraine, labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia. The benefits may last as long as a year after just a few treatments. Massage can assist in the reduction of chronic pain, fatigue, some types of sleep disorder.
Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves — those linked with deep sleep — according to a study at the Touch Research Institute. That’s why it’s easy to drift off on the massage table, from a slow massage, or be invigorated by a faster paced massage.
We take care to match the massage style to your goals.
Where will my massage session take place, and will I be covered during the session?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort and you will be draped at all time; only exposing the area being worked on.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. Under Federal laws you must be covered during a session. We will properly drape you at all times to protect you during the entire session.
Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
To protect our therapist and to protect you, the therapist will leave the room while you disrobe, and will not return until you are relaxed on the table, and coved with a clean sheet and blanket.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Glutes are worked on only upon your permission.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
There are basically three different types of massages. Depending on your needs other techniques can be introduced into the session.
Signature Swedish Massage. The therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
Deep Tissue Massage. The therapist targets the deeper muscles and connective tissues; by using slower strokes or friction across the grain of the muscles. Helps with Chronically tight or painful muscles,
Prenatal Massage. Is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. Massages are customized to a woman's individual needs. The client lies on her side during this type of session, to avoid putting any undue pressure on the fetus.
Often oils, lotions, and/or topical analgesics are used to stimulate your muscles to relax and promote healing. This induces lengthening of your muscles and reducing pinching and pulling of the skin, which can cause excessive friction. They also hydrate your skin.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many different styles of massage. The most common is the Swedish massage, which is a whole-body therapeutic massage designed to relax the muscles and joints. Other popular types include deep tissue, shiatsu, hot stone, and reflexology.
Note: If this is your first massage. It is preferred that you start with a Signature Swedish massage.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.