In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon to feel stressed and overwhelmed even when doing basic tasks. What many people don’t realize is that operating under constant stress wears on the body emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually. You might not see these changes taking place, but they are.
By welcoming alternative treatments such as massage therapy into your life, you will feel more in control of how you choose to handle life’s events and successfully manage stress. If you are considering massage as a way to improve your health and well-being, I am excited to teach you more about what this treatment can bring to your life.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
While there are no shortage of benefits, here are a few of the key advantages to expect from massage.
- Headache relief
- Increase circulation
- Ease muscle and back pain
- Improve energy and endurance
- Strengthen immune system
- Expand range of motion
- Improve flexibility and posture
- Prolong lifespan
- Boost sports performance
- Enhance mental clarity
Types of Massage Therapy
Each person is unique and looking to achieve different results from massage therapy. With a variety of massage types to choose from, it’s easy to find a massage that fits your areas of concern and improves specific ailments such as tension, stress, poor circulation or low mobility.
Below are the types of massage therapy that I am trained and certified to deliver.
Neuromuscular massage applies direct pressure on highly irritable parts of the body that cause referred pain. This type of massage also works well on specific areas of tension.
Deep tissue/myofascial release is a deeper massage that is intended to release pain and spasms that are brought on by tension. A deep tissue massage is highly therapeutic but relaxing.
Sports massage focuses on the muscle systems that have been affected athletic activity. Through massage, the muscle systems are stretched to experience a greater range of motion.
Swedish massage brings toxins out of the muscles by using long strokes and tapping. A Swedish massage is also effective at kneading out knots and soreness to increase blood circulation.
Hot stone massage incorporates hot stones that are placed into the therapist’s hands and applied during the massage. The heat helps bring comfort and healing to tired, sore muscles.
Chair massages are ideal for the head, neck and shoulders. These short messages (usually 15-20 minutes) are the perfect addition to an office wellness program.
Aromatherapy uses organically derived essential oils to detoxify the body and promote wellness. The combination of essential oils and massage therapy boost the immune system, increase oxygen in the blood and improve the functioning of the body’s organs.
Reflexology is a type of therapeutic compression massage of the feet. The feet have reference zones and nerve endings that correspond to various organs and glands in the body. When these parts are massaged, circulation is increased, nerves are relaxed and stress is decreased.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique that is based on the principles of acupuncture. The therapist places pressure on various parts of the body to reduce tension, stress and aches and pains. Acupressure is safe and can be used as part of a preventative health care plan.
After Your Massage
Once your massage is complete, you will probably feel very relaxed and content. This is good! It’s recommend that you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, as your tissues release toxins during the therapy session. It is helpful to practice a few deep breathing exercises and do light stretching in the days following your massage.
Though you may be feeling very calm, don’t be surprised if you see a surge in energy a couple of days later. This can last for weeks! Eliminating the toxins from your body, relieving ailments and ridding the body of stress are key components to a full, happy and active lifestyle.
Ready to schedule your massage? Or are you still wondering which type of therapy is right for you? Call Therapeutic BodyWorks and let's plan the best route of natural care for you!