What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, and stress.
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress as well as to promote health and wellness. AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) defines Massage as, “a manual soft tissue manipulation that includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body.”
There are many different types of therapeutic massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, and tapping to help relax and energize you
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries
- Sports massage: This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries
- Trigger point therapy/massage: This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse
- Cranial sacral therapy: (also known as craniosacral therapy) Is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain
- Prenatal Massage: occurs when pregnant at any stage of pregnancy using a prenatal pillow. If concerned, clients are urged to speak with their doctor first and even provide a note from said doctor if needed
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Depending on the technique used, massage may:
- Help alleviate pain and muscle tension
- Increase relaxation and muscle tone
- Stimulate sluggish circulation or reduce circulation
- Boost immune system function
- Promotes nervous system functions by either stimulating for muscle atrophy reduction or sedate to help ease muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related, symptoms, and headaches
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve pain and muscle tension
- Improves mood, intellectual reasoning and job performance.
- Positive effect on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, migraines, and headaches
- Stimulate the functions of the skin or an organ deep inside the body
- Allow better range of motion
- Support connective tissues and muscles
Studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Fibromyalgia and certain types of Arthritis
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
- Drink plenty of water within the next 24-48 hour to rehydrate and flush any toxins from your body
- If alcoholic drinks are consumed post massage be aware that this will cause further dehydration and may cause ill feelings the next day
- Take it easy so the body doesn’t tense up again, and let the benefit of the massage last as long as possible
Dry Cupping Therapy
Dry Cupping is an add on service to any 60min or 90min massage and will be used at the therapists discretion during the massage the further aid in positive results.
Dry Cupping is akin to reverse deep tissue massage. Instead of the therapist pressing deep into the body, with the use of cupping tools the cup is applied to the skin and a vacuum is created to redirect blood flow to areas of stagnant muscle tissue which aids in the healing and softening of muscle tissue. Traditional cupping techniques are over 3,000 years old but have since been modified for the modern age to further help heal old muscle injuries and strain. Through the vacuum created by the cups, “new blood” is pulled up through stagnant blood caught in connective tissues and muscles, and breaks up those areas of pain or old injury, increasing circulation and thereby helping the body process and dispose of the toxins, cellular waste, and excess fluids.
Depending on the technique used (stationary or moving cups), Cupping can assist in:
- Clearing stagnation
- Relieving inflamation
- Sedating the nervous system
- Expelling congestion
- Stretching muscles and connective tissues
- Loosen adhesions and scar tissue from old injuries
- Nourish blood supply to the skin
Our waxing esthetician is highly skilled and aims to make the process as comfortable as possible. She takes her time and uses a natural, soy-bean based, non-wax hair removal agent that acts like wax without adhering to skin and thus tearing it. It is a safer and more comfortable way to wax. We offer female Brazilian waxes (the whole nine yards from the belly button to the tail bone), female bikini waxes (around the panty line), and underarm waxes.
The benefits of waxing include:
- Pulls hair from the root and therefore lasts longer than traditional shaving
- Hair may grow slower and/or finer for many people after waxing
- Produces a smoother surface as hair is pulled from the root and does not damage the skin
- Less susceptible to irritations than those caused by shaving
Hair must be at least a quarter of an inch in order to be waxed and may be done as late as the day-of vacations and events. Most people get their bikini/Brazilian wax done every 4-6 weeks. Women may still get waxed during mensuration as long as a tampon is used, however they may be more or less sensitive around that time due to hormonal changes.
Before your wax:
- Exfoliate: Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before waxing, but skip harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not skin, but it can also leave skin more sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. A rough washcloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation, but don’t scrub too hard.
- Moisturize: Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax’s grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.
- Medications: Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing. Retin-A creams do amazing things for fine lines, acne and uneven pigmentation, but they also leave skin susceptible to injury during waxing. Discontinue retinol-based products for two weeks before waxing. Accutane users should stop taking their medication for a month before waxing. Before making any changes to your prescription medications, talk to your dermatologist. Also popping two Tylenol at least an hour or two prior to the appointment is recommended.