- What are the benefits of massage?
Massage 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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of wellbeing. back to top
- How does massage work?
Massage therapy alleviates muscular stiffness, tension and pain while promoting optimum musculoskeletal health. With a variety of hands-on methods, a skilled therapist stretches and loosens muscles and connective tissue, and also greatly improves blood flow and movement of lymph throughout the body.
This helps speed the removal of metabolic waste products resulting from exercise or inactivity, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells and tissues. Sensory receptors in skin and muscles, "wake-up', bringing new awareness to areas that have felt "cut-off' by chronic tension. All this translates into an amazing number of positive results. back to top
- Who can benefit from massage?
Everyone can! Arthritis sufferers find relief from stiff, achy muscles and joints as well as improvement in muscle and joint health. Pregnant women find massage relieves back and leg pain as well as other complaints associated with pregnancy. Some headache sufferers find tremendous relief and long-term prevention with massage therapy. Athletes benefit from massage as preparation for competition, relief of soreness afterwards and treatment of injuries such as strains and tendonitis.
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- What should I do during the massage session?
Make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed during the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving. back to top
- Can massage be considered preventive health care?
Certainly! Massage therapy is utilized in a wide variety of ways, both as an adjunct to medical treatment and in the promotion of health and wellness. Feel better than you thought you could! By keeping mind and body relaxed and stress-free, massage therapy can help prevent illness. Raise your health and vitality to a state of wellness - perhaps to levels you've not yet imagined! For most people, it's a new idea that health is a spectrum, not just the opposite of sickness.
Massage therapy works on all levels to enhance your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. In the words of the ancient philosopher Cicero, "Only the person who is relaxed can create, and to that mind ideas flow like lightening." back to top
- Why is sports massage recommended?
Sports massage is more than a reward at the end of a workout. It is a vital tool for keeping athletes primed for top performance and even lengthening their careers. Recognized as an important part of regular maintenance program, sports massage is widely used by individuals, teams, and Olympic and professional athletes. back to top
- Why get a Deep Tissue Massage?
It feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up waste products in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release waste products from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many waste products are released, it is important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these from the body. back to top
- What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation to improve health and well-being. This Japanese treatment, meaning universal life energy, balances the energy within the body. Reiki practitioners transmit energy by a light touch, placing their hands gently in specific positions on the body. This treatment promotes healing and deep relaxation. back to top