Benefits of Massage
The health benefits of massage are not limited to the relaxation of individual muscles.
Because many of us live busy, high-stress lives, our nervous systems are almost constantly in a low-level state of “fight or flight.” While the body is holding itself in readiness for action, resources are diverted from systems such as immune function and digestion — systems that are a lower priority when there may be immediate physical danger. By breaking this pattern of stress and encouraging a state of relaxation, massage helps the body free up resources for repair and maintenance.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relieve pain, soreness, and tension
- Improve circulation
- Improve posture and motor skills
- Promote healthy muscle and connective tissue
- Improve sleep
- Increase body awareness
- Support immune function
Types of Massage
Therapeutic massage combines deep tissue, Swedish, neuromuscular therapy (trigger point), myofascial, Thai, sports, stretching and other bodywork modalities to address injuries, correct posture, and relieve chronic pain. Typical dysfunctions treated include:
- low back pain
- neck and shoulder pain
- tension headaches
- restricted range of motion
- forearm, wrist, and hand pain (RSI, overuse syndrome, etc.)
- abdominal pain
- foot pain (plantarfasciitis, etc.)
- sports and office-related injuries
Relaxation massage combines Swedish and circulatory techniques, energy work, and meditative stillness to induce a profound state of relaxation. The head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet are gently addressed in a way that grounds the client and produces a lingering sense of safety and well-being. Depending on the client’s needs, the pecs, abdomen, hips, and glutes may also be worked. Sidelying massage is available for pregnant clients.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai yoga massage is usually performed on a padded floor and involves a variety of stretching and compressive techniques. The client remains clothed while the therapist moves the client’s body into a variety of postures. The effect is pleasantly meditative and looks and feels much like assisted yoga. This technique is especially indicated for hip dysfunction and low back pain, as well as bringing the energetic currents of the body into better alignment. All techniques can be modified to fit the needs of the client. Click here to watch videos of a Thai Yoga massage session.
Chair massage is available for special events at a minimum commitment of two hours. Clients sit or kneel fully clothed in a special massage chair that gives the therapist easy access to the shoulders, neck, and back. Each massage can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the desires of the group. This massage modality is popular in office environments to relieve tension and increase employee productivity. Soothing music and all equipment is provided.