By the Minute Massage is performed in a massage chair while you are fully clothed. This is a perfect way to relieve the stress of the day, relax, and have more energy, or simply unwind before the ride home.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy is a form of body work that involves the application of heated stones to the body within the context of a therapeutic massage. Round, smooth stones are heated to a luxurious warmth, oiled and used in the palms of the hands to massage the body. Heat penetrates deeply, prompting profound relaxation, increased detoxification, and relief of long-standing muscular tension, stress and fatigue.
Stone therapy must be done for at least a one hour session and 90 minutes is preferable. The type of therapy will only be done on Wednesday afternoons with Jenny Henry. Please identify that you want Hot Stone Therapy when you make the appointment in advance.
Neuromuscular Therapy Sessions
Neuromuscular therapy is designed to treat problem areas, such as neck and back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, TMJ, numbness and tingling, and a variety of other problems. If you have any chronic pain pattern, neuromuscular therapy is for you.
Pregnancy Massage brings comfort and relaxation to a pregnant woman, helping her to enjoy her pregnancy while promoting increased circulation and relief from the aching back.
Reflexology is massage of the feet that opens the body’s energetic pathways, promotes healing and relaxation of the entire body (inside and out). This session will leave you feeling warm and relaxed all over. Try it at least once, you’ll love it, and so will your feet.
Shiatsu is the same thing as acupressure except that hands sand feet are used instead of needles. Pressure is applied to specific parts of the body’s surface in an attempt to open blockages and balance the life force which is call “Ki”.
Through the use of acupressure, facial massage and aromatherapy, the irritants that trouble the sinuses are gently cleansed from the sinuses. If you suffer from asthma, allergies, sinus problems, and/or headaches, this treatment may be helpful to you. Sessions include a neck massage.
Swedish massage was originally developed in the late eighteenth century by a Swedish fencing master as the first systematic application of therapeutic massage in the West. It was based on European folk massage, oriental techniques from the Middle East and the then emerging knowledge of modern anatomy and physiology.
The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed the venous return of unoxygenated and toxic blood from the extremities. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and young.
Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy.
Sports massage is a sensible blend of traditional Swedish Massage and Shiatsu. It was developed by Jack Meager, who is the official masseur for the U. S. Olympic Equestrian Team. Basic to the system is the fact that there are twelve principle body postures that form the axis of all athletic movement. Each sport demands that the player attains specific postures; hence, each sport tends to strain the muscles at certain predictable points. Sports massage can help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones to reach peak action and to maintain it, with less risk of injury.
Thai massage or body work is a natural therapy for flexibility, relaxation and energy balance. It is comprised of a series of compressions, stretching, and manipulations for the whole body. The client should wear soft, comfortable, all-cotton long pants and a cotton tee shirt. The work is done on the floor on a large mat. This modality requires at least one hour session and one and one half is even better.
How to Enhance your Massage Experience
- You’ll feel more comfortable if you don’t eat for two hours before your session.
- Draping will be employed for traditional massage. For other therapies wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
- Let your therapist know if you have any medical or physical conditions which might contraindicate certain types of treatment.
- Remove any unnecessary jewelry that could cause scratching or interfere with having a smooth massage.
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider removing them. It may add to your relaxing experience.
- If you’re concerned about getting oil on your hair, inform your therapist. You won’t want to miss out on a head massage!
- Quieting yourself will allow you to tune in to your experience and relax more deeply.
- Do give your therapist feedback regarding your experience and feel free to ask any questions you’d like.
- Breathe deeply and regularly, stressing your exhalation. Imagine your body becoming heavy and sinking into the table or mat. As the therapist locates areas of tension, consciously allow yourself to breath and relax into those areas.
- Sometimes during a massage or other type of treatment emotions will surface. It may be of great benefit to release and work through them if you feel comfortable doing so.
If you aren’t comfortable with the Massage Therapist touching you, the treatment isn’t going to help you regardless what techniques they use. Be sure to tell them if something makes you uncomfortable, and feel free to ask questions about anything they do. You should feel respected and honored, and the session should provide opportunities for you to relax and get back in touch with yourself.
Remember that any MT needs to know if you are seeing another practitioner, in order to make sure the massage won’t interfere. Many people don’t know for instance that if they are taking drugs, even for chronic illnesses, their dosages will often need to be decreased if they regularly receive bodywork treatments.
What will massage do for you?
Massage isn’t capable of curing any serious or life threatening medical disorders.
But it can provide welcome relief from the symptoms of anxiety, tension, depression, insomnia, and stress, as well as back pain, headache, muscle pain, and some forms of chronic pain. It’s also frequently recommended for the treatment of minor sports injuries and repetitive stress injuries, and for the enhancement of physical conditioning. Some people find that it even relieves such digestive disorders as constipation.
This rapidly expanding field, popular among both professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts, focuses on the use of massage to assist training, prevent injury, and aid healing in case of soreness or injury. It is used both before and after exercise, as well as in the treatment of sports injuries such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis. It encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood and lymph, relieving tension, stimulating nerves, and stretching and loosening muscles and connective tissue to keep them elastic.
Before physical exercise, massage helps get blood moving to assist in the warm-up.
Massage after a workout has been shown to reduce the waste products (lactic and carbonic acid) that build up in muscles after exercise and cause cramping and discomfort. There is also some scientific evidence to support claims that massage enhances the immune system and aids recovery from soft tissue injuries by increasing blood circulation to injured areas. Some studies indicate that massage can even reduce blood pressure.
In addition to its general health benefits, massage has shown value for a variety of special problems in a host of recent medical studies:
- In premature infants, massage therapy was found to enhance weight gain and shorten hospital stays.
- When given massage, babies of HIV-positive mothers achieved greater weight gain and superior performance than babies in a control group that received no massage.
- Massage was shown to promote relaxation and alleviate pain and anxiety in hospitalized cancer patients.
- Massage reduced anxiety and lowered stress hormone levels in children with asthma, resulting in fewer asthma attacks.
- In a group of depressed teenage mothers, massage therapy helped relieve anxiety and depression.
- Mothers who were massaged during labor experienced less agitation, faster delivery, and less postpartum depression than those in a control group.
- On-site massage at a down-sizing company was found to yield significant reductions in employee anxiety.
- After massage, a group of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower anxiety and depression scores, and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, than did the members of a control group.
- Slow-stroke back massage in hospice patients was found to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature.
- After daily massages for a month, a group of men with HIV infection had improved immune function and decreased anxiety.
Massage is known to increase the circulation of blood and flow of lymph.
The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied manual pressure and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow. Also, the stimulation of nerve receptors causes the blood vessels (by reflex action) to dilate, which also facilitates blood flow.
Massage is also known to:
- Cause changes in the blood. The oxygen capacity of the blood can increase 10-15% after massage.
- Affect muscles throughout the body. Massage can help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can help posture and promote more efficient movement. Massage does not directly increase muscle strength, but it can speed recovery from the fatigue that occurs after exercise. In this way, it can be possible to do more exercise and training, which in the long run strengthens muscles and improves conditioning. Massage also provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which helps keep these tissues elastic.
- Increase the body’s secretions and excretions. There is a proven increase in the production of gastric juices, saliva, and urine. There is also increased excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and sodium chloride (salt). This suggests that the metabolic rate (the utilization of absorbed material by the body’ cells) increases.
- Affect the nervous system. Massage balances the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed by the individual at the time of the massage.
- Enhance skin condition. Massage directly improves the function of the sebaceous (oil) and sweat glands which keep the skin lubricated, clean, cooled. Tough, inflexible skin can become softer and more supple.
- Affect internal organs. By indirectly or directly stimulating nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs dilate and allow greater blood supply to them.
Knowing about the physiological effects of massage makes it possible to better understand the health and fitness benefits of massage.
What takes place under a massage therapist’s hands has profound importance for those interested in health and fitness — in “tuning up” their bodies. In every sport or form of exercise, massage can help. By helping to reduce physiological fatigue and aid recovery from the exertion of working out or playing, massage enables training better, with longer, more effective workouts, thus facilitating better performance and preventing injury.
Massage also aids recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
This is possible because the growth and repair of tissue are accelerated by efficient circulation in the injured areas and appropriate stimulation of the healing tissues. Many soft tissue injuries are not serious enough to cause one to visit a doctor or hospital for treatment, or are only treated with some first-aid, but still cause some discomfort and disability. Massage therapy can often help speed and improve recovery and reduce discomfort from such mishaps. In this way, massage helps bridge the gap between common neglect of injury and major medical intervention.
The relationship of stress and illness is of interest to anyone maintaining their health.
We all have stress in our daily lives relating to work, family, environment, society. Mental tensions, frustrations, and insecurity are among the most damaging. Stress causes the release of hormones that create vasoconstriction — vessel shrinking — and reduced circulation. Affected by stress, the heart works harder, breathing becomes rapid and shallow, and digestion slows. Nearly every body process is degraded. Psychosomatic studies show how stress factors can cause migraines, hypertension, depression, some peptic ulcers, etc. Researchers have estimated that 80% of disease is stress related. Soothing and relaxing massage therapy can help by counteracting stress effects.
- Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
- Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
- Enhances athletic performance
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
- Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
- Improves posture
- Strengthens the immune system
- Fosters peace of mind
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress
- Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
The Emotional Benefits of Massage:
- Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
- Fosters a feeling of well-being
- Reduces levels of anxiety
- Increases awareness of mind-body connection