Most people know that massage therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief. Massage therapy can also provide a number of therapeutic benefits, including:
- Reducing Stress and Tension
- Improving Flexibility
- Increasing Endorphins - the Body’s Natural Painkillers
- Assisting in Recovery from Sports Activities and Injuries
- Strengthening the Immune System
- Improving Circulation Problems
- Alleviating Chronic and Temporary Pain
Common Types of Massage Therapy
There are many types of massage. A licensed therapist will be able to help you discover the type that benefits you most.
Swedish Massage: The most common type of massage; given to relax, reduce stress, and increase circulation and range of motion.
Deep Tissue Massage: A massage with firmer pressure that works deeply into the muscles and connective tissues to release chronic aches and pains.
Neuromuscular Therapy: Used to stop spasms and pain by applying pressure to specific points in the muscles that are painfully irritated (trigger points).
Sports Massage: To help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible, and assist in the recovery process.
Chair Massage: Massage given while you are fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair.
Hot Stone Massage: A soothing and relaxing full-body massage that uses smooth, heated volcanic stones. These stones hold heat, helping to create a deep tissue massage to work tight, knotted muscles and release tension. The therapist might leave heated stones on specific points along your spine, or the palms of your hands or other locations to improve the flow of energy in your body.
Reflexology: To help improve circulation and relaxation. Thumb pressure on specific reflex points of the feet and hands stimulates corresponding areas in other parts of the body.