Massage therapy is an ancient form of treatment. Research studies show massage reduces heart rate,
lowers blood pressure,
increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles,
improves range of motion,
and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment).
Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.
Research has found that:
Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren't massaged.
Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage.
Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren't.
Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
Today’s clients want to know: Does it work? Will it help me? A meta-analysis of 37 studies that used random assignment to test the effectiveness of massage therapy found that single sessions of massage reduced immediate anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate Multiple sessions reduced sensation of pain, chronic anxiety and depression (Moyer, Rounds, and Hannum, 2004).
This is your time to relax and escape. What do you need from your massage?
- Relaxation Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Muscular Therapy
- Sports Massage
- Down to the Bone painless Deep Tissue massage
- Orthopedic Massage
- Injury evaluation and treatment
- Tutoring in the Benjamin technique of muscular therapy
- Training available for Down to the Bone painless deep Tissue
10 Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
Arrive a few minutes early so you aren’t rushed, and have time to use the restroom.
If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
Try not to eat just before a massage session. If hunger is an issue, take a small snack, like some fruit or yogurt.
Disrobe to your level of comfort. Typically, clients wear nothing, or leave on their briefs, but your comfort is the most important factor. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear something that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow me to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.
Privacy: I will leave the room while you undress. A sheet is provided for draping during the massage and I will uncover only the part of your body being massaged. Your modesty will be respected at all times.
Communication makes for a great massage:
Give an accurate health history and let the me know your expectations for treatment.
Tell me about any allergies to oils, lotions, and scents.
Let me know if you have any music preferences or if you prefer quiet.
During the massage, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage itself or related to the environment: room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
If anything happens that you dislike or which feels uncomfortable, ask me to stop.
Don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage.
Remember to breathe. Breathing helps us to relax.
Drink extra water after your massage.
Don’t get up too quickly and allow for some quiet time after your massage session.