Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments. No longer is it thought of as a luxury, only available to those who can afford it. To the contrary, massage is a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. Treatment is available for anyone, whether for relaxation purposes, for sports recovery or for pain relief.
What is Massage?
Massage is the stroking, kneading, rolling and pressing of the skin and muscles. There are many different styles, each with different origins and aims, but the premise of the treatment is the same – to relax and rebalance the body and to make you feel good.
What are the Benefits?
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Stress is unavoidable in our day-to-day lives. Massage can help reduce cortisol (the hormone produced in response to stress). When cortisol levels decline, serotonin levels can rise. Serotonin is the feel good chemical that helps to regulate mood, anxiety, sleep, and depression.
Helps Improve Sleep
As cortisol levels decrease and serotonin increases, the hormonal balance is more conducive to improved sleep patterns. Coupled with the pain reduction and relaxation you’ll be sleeping better in no time.
Improves Immune Function
Massage stimulates the production of white blood cells which are a key factor in fighting infection. The lymphatic system, which helps to flush toxins and waste from the body, is stimulated by the manual compression of massage therapy.
Lowers Heart Rate & High Blood Pressure
There are many causes of high blood pressure. Stress, lifestyle, and diet are often the contributing factors. High blood pressure can be a serious condition and often an indicator of heart disease. Luckily the benefits of massage therapy can help this.
Reduces Chronic Pain
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Upper back and neck pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Alleviates Digestive Discomfort
Food sensitivities, IBS, and acid reflux are just a few of the issues that contribute to daily discomfort. While there are a variety of causes, and it can be different for each person, there does seem to be a common thread: Stress. It may not be the primary cause of digestive trouble but it can certainly make it worse. The stress reduction you get can also signal the gut to settle down. As massage also helps flush toxins from your body, it promotes more efficient digestion. This means your body doesn’t have to work as hard to process food and use nutrients.
Increases Range of Motion
Tight, stiff muscles can limit range of motion both at the belly of the muscle and at the joints. Massage can elongate the muscles, allowing for more flexibility and mobility. It provides length in the muscle tissue which can release the tension in the tendons as well.
Preparing for your massage….
The aim is to relax you so if you need to ask a couple of questions for your own comfort, that’s OK. We may play music during your treatment or talk to you, but you can tell us if you prefer quiet.
What do I wear?
A common concern and one that often puts people off the idea of treatment. It can be awkward, not knowing what clothing you are to wear and what may be removed. The thing to remember is we are professionals. If you are worried prior to the session, just ask. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a towel. We will leave the room when you undress before the treatment and when you dress after it.
Will essential oils be used?
Not all treatments use essential oils but if you have any concerns or allergies please let us know before the session. Typically oils are used to promote relaxation through inhalation of the aromas.
Will it hurt?
The pressure applied will vary depending on the type of massage you are receiving. Deep tissue massage is more intense than a hot stone massage. We will explain what to expect at the beginning, but if during treatment you are uncomfortable or the pressure is too firm, let us know. Remember, this is meant to be a pleasant experience, so enjoy the moment.
Types of massage….
This treatment is a deeply relaxing and flowing massage to ease the stresses of mind and body. Essential oils are blended for your specific needs. We have a range of essential oils to choose from, click here for more information.
Hot Stone Massage
We will place warm, smooth stones on specific points on the body and hold the stones while giving the massage. The warmth of the smooth stones is very relaxing. Also, heat has been shown to relax tight muscles, so the hot stones allow the therapist to relieve areas of muscle tension quickly.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, we can address chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.
Designed to ease stress and relieve any aches and pains in the body during pregnancy. This treatment is a gentle therapy, involving light, rhythmic techniques, tailored to the woman’s needs and the current stage of pregnancy. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, pregnancy massage is a safe, drug-free way to provide relief. Pillows and a massage table will be used to enhance comfort and support the body during treatment.
Indian Head Massage
Focusing on the head, neck and shoulders this treatment uses a range of techniques with varying pressure. Indian head massage is a deep massage that aims to encourage healing and restore balance in the body. The treatment may be firmer than expected but you shouldn’t feel discomfort. Benefits include an improved sleep routine and a release of tension in your neck, back and shoulders.