Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, immunity suppression, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
The following are services offered to assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Sole Good Therapy
Sole Good Therapy is designed to relieve tired, achy feet. Not only does it give you more mobility and better circulation but it feels so good! It’s a great treatment for everybody’s sole! Conditions such as (Achilles tendon pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints and other lower leg, ankle and foot conditions can also be addressed.)
Structural Massage is a form of deep tissue work. Typically, deep tissue is used for a specific area or problem in the body. Structural Massage is designed to bridge the gap between a full body massage, such as Swedish, and deep tissue bodywork. The aim is to be general in scope (instead of addressing a specific area) allowing a client to experience a full body massage consisting of deep tissue strokes. These strokes will create length and structural balance with the whole body in mind. Little to no lotion is used. This allows the therapist to go deeper into the layers instead of gliding over them. The strokes are performed slowly preventing the skin from being pulled and allowing the tissues to lengthen.
Combining some elements of sports and medical massage, orthopedic massage integrates modalities to treat soft-tissue pain and injury. Emphasis is placed on understanding both the injury and its rehabilitation criteria. Three basic elements adhered to are assessment, matching the treatment to the injury, and adaptability of treatment.
One of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil or lotion, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. Deep tissue helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
This technique involves the use of a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits comfortably, or a portable table may be used. On-Site massage includes bodywork and Swedish massage, provided to the fully clothed client in a variety of settings, including businesses, trade shows, and special events. Each session usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes per person depending on the client’s requirements and number of people.
A hint to share with your boss: Research shows employees exhibit improved performance and less stress when given twice-weekly, 15-minute massages in the office. * Courtesy of massagetherapy.com
Pricing for chair massage is $60 an hour with a minimum of 2 hours. (Mileage fees may apply.) This is a great way for companies to show their appreciation for their employees! Please contact me if you are interested in chair massage for your company or special event.