Types of Massages
The Athletic Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. It helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. This style involves a series of medium pressure strokes to cleanse and invigorate the muscle tissue. Pressure can be adjusted as needed.
Deep Tissue Massage
The Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relive severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue. This massage is recommended for those who experience consistant pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
A Headache/Migraine/TMJD Massage can help by providing muscle relaxation, increased blood flow, and stress-reduction. It also helps reduce stress and promote relation which reduces the frequency of headaches, migraines, and TMJ pain. It involves massaging several biologically active points on the head to decrease headache symptoms. The goal is to release pain/tension in the jaw, neck and shoulders.
Prenatal Massage/Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
Eden Medical Spa has a pregnancy massage table.
Proper care is necessary to maintain a healthy scalp and head of hair. Treatments are available such as intense Scalp Massage, hair loss prevention treatment, dandruff elimination, and oily hair and scalp massage treatments.
A Stone Massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Oil applied to the stones can be used by the therapist to deliver various massaging strokes. The stones are placed along the recipient’s back and help retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.
One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Relieves Stress: Stress relief is key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels¬–all of which help reduce daily stress.
- Encourages Relaxation: Relax. Reset. Repeat. Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode¬: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.
- Improves Posture: Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can be relaxing to correct. Massage helps reinforce healthy and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track.
- Improves Circulation: The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting improved body function.
- Lower Blood Pressure: High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. But one effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy.
- Relaxes Muscles: Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage gets to the root of persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles.
- Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion: As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.
- Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing: One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress is constricted breathing. Massage can play an important role in reliving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.
- Relieves Headaches: 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage helps ease the pressure and pain, which can also reduce the chance and frequency of headaches.
- Strengthens the Immune System: Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”.
- Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation: Massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.
- Improves Rehabilitation After Injury: Rehabilitation can be frustrating. A continual massage program can accelerate the recovery process, as well as help you relax and stay motivated.