Massage can help release muscle tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility and reduce stress. It can also promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration and create an overall sense of well-being.
Types of Massage
- Swedish Massage is the most common form of massage. It is suggested if you're in need of relaxation and stress relief. It combines long, flowing strokes with a light to medium pressure.
- Deep Tissue Massage is indicated when a client has been experiencing muscle tension, pain or has a lot of knots due to spasm and toxin build-up. It uses deep, concentrated strokes and compression with a deep pressure.
- Reflexology is massage of the feet, hands and/or ears. Stimulates corresponding areas in the body.
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage uses special techniques to help increase lymph circulation, helping to rid the body of toxins and waste materials and help stimulate the immune system.
What To Expect During A Massage Or Bodywork Session
Your session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. After the therapist has left the room, undress to your comfort level, remove all jewelry and lie down on the table under the sheet. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
The therapist will knock before re-entering the room. Lotion, oil or cream will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. Please make sure to alert the therapist of any skin allergies before your session begins.
In general, your session may start with rocking and broad, flowing strokes which help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort.
One of the main goals of massage is to assist you in relaxing. Feel free to ask the therapist questions about what's taking place in the massage, but try to close your eyes, relax and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the session.
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