The Benifits of Massage
-Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
-Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
-Ease medication dependence.
-Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
-Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
-Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
-Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
-Increase joint flexibility.
-Lessen depression and anxiety.
-Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
-Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
-Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
-Reduce spasms and cramping.
-Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
-Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
-Enhanced sleep quality.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
-Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
-Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
-Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
-High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
-Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
-Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post- surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
How Does It Work? Techniques
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limit movement, and hold onto inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage creme and uses direct deep pressure. At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and tolerable pain. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature. Our massage therapists use only the pressure you and your body can tolerate.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
-Lower back pain
-Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
-Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
-Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
-Muscle tension or spasm
-After a workout or bodybuilding
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
-Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
-Immediately after surgery
-Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
-People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
-Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
-Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are trained in pregnancy massage.
-Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
Tips and After Care
-Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage.
-If it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
-A deep tissue massage may result in muscle soreness or tenderness, which may last a day or two. Your massage therapist may recommend icing any painful areas.
-Drinking water after the massage may help to flush out toxins that are released from muscles and properly rehydrate muscles, which can help to reduce muscle aches and stiffness after a massage.
-Avoid strenuous activity after a massage.
-Stretching can help to prevent muscle aches and pain after a deep tissue massage.
What is a Hot Stone Massage?
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
The sanitized stones are heated in a water bath of 120 to 150 degree water. Our stones themselves are basalt stones, which absorb and retain heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage and then massages you while holding a heated stone in the palm of their hand. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes -- big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.
Be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense. And you can always ask them to stop using the stones if you don't like how it feels.
Who Shouldn't Get Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn't get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
Benefits of a Hot Stone massage:
-Provides relief from pain associated with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
-Decreases pain and muscle spasms
-Reduces chronic stress and tension
-Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
-Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
-Expands blood vessels which increases blood flow throughout the body
Hot Stone is a great way to warm you to the core during those cold northwoods winter months. But don’t take our word for it, book your appointment today!
Touch and Massage for People Living with Cancer
-Minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
-Relieve pain and edema, especially for surgery.
-Restore vital energy, reduce cancer fatigue.
-Reconnect the body, mind and spirit.
-Promote the removal of toxins, without hepatic overload.
-Assist in the flow of lymph, blood and oxygen.
-Boost the immune system, elevate T-cells.
-Reduce scar tissue.
-Increase range-of-motion and mobility.
-Restore feeling and sensation by stimulating nerve endings.
-Promote better health and overall sense of wellbeing.
-Direct energies toward healing.
-Improve body image.
-Provide education for empowerment and self-healing.
-Touch the family and caregivers as well as the person with cancer.
-And, IT FEELS GOOD!
Chinese Cupping Methods
Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.
The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects.
Cupping pulls stagnation out of the tissues and brings it to the skin level. The pores expand discharging some of the waste and toxins, the rest of the waste and toxins are more accessible to the body's circulatory system and lymphatic system where it can be properly flushed out. In addition cupping brings fresh, revitalized blood to the stagnant areas.
By creating negative pressure above the surface of the tissues, the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the tissues below to be lifted upwards – increasing the space for the underlying structures.
Therapeutic benefits of cupping
Cupping creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilation reaction – drawing the blood flow to areas of ischemic pain (an inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body).
Cupping effects to the SKIN
Expands the blood vessels of the skin, causing an increase of:
—Metabolism within the tissue
—Functioning of sweat and oil glands
—Nutrition supply to the tissues
—Withdraws stagnant blood from skin and removes poisons.
—Accelerates the secretion of salts, and water.
—Strengthens the renewing power of the skin and its resistance to various external conditions.
Cupping effects to the MUSCLES
—Stimulation of subcutaneous capillary vessels which activate and expand blood vessels within muscles.
—Increases blood flow, removes congestion in joints, attachments and other musculoskeletal structures.
—Suction from cups facilitates the excretion of lactic acids and toxins from within the muscles and surrounding support.
—Post cupped muscles maintain increased temperature and fluid for much longer than traditional therapy.
Cupping effects to the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
—Cleansing of blood
—Cleaning the blood improves circulation – good circulation is paramount for optimal health.
—Cleanse the system so it can better fight and recover from disease.
—Purifies blood by removing dead debris, increasing red and while blood cell activity, and altering the blood PH chemistry oof body fluids from acidic to alkaline or neutral.
Cupping effects to the NERVOUS SYSTEM
—The gentle pulling action stimulates the sensory nerves of the skin.
—Treatments of the posterior central line and sympathetic nerves have a powerful effect on both autonomic nervous system and various organs under its control.
—Effective against: general malaise, depression, headaches, anxiety, body pain, fatigue.
Cupping effects to the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
—The gentle stretching action on the abdominal regions:
——Stimulate the inside and walls of the digestive organs
——Secretion of digestive fluids
—This in turn:
——Strengthens overall digestion
——Elevates the uptake in absorption of nutrients
——Increases digestive fluids
——The digestive system is affected even when receiving a back treatment, by stimulating the spinal and autonomic nervous system.
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