1. How often should I get a massage?
After your first massage your massage practitioner can assist you in finding what will be best for your body and your life. Buying massages in packages is an affordable way to receive regular massage. Here are some general guidelines that apply to Most people:
- Once a month: A basic rhythm of self nurturing. This is good for overall stress reduction. You deserve it!
- Every two weeks: Keeps the stress of daily life from getting ahead of you -- helps maintain optimal health. Great for those training their body with regular exercise. Massage work while training will release muscle fatigue and soreness and will accelerate your recovery time. The best part is how good it feels!
- Once a week: Weekly massage provides excellent support for periods of unusual stress such as illness, divorce or breakup, unusual job stress, grief, or other changes; in these circumstances, 'massage as needed' can make the difference between merely surviving and coping positively with change.
2. What type of massage is right for me?
Swedish Massage is good for overall relaxation because of it's long, gentle strokes that sooth the nervous system.
Deep Tissue is a stronger massage that gets deep into those sore spots to break up the tension and increase blood flow to tight areas.
Added hot stones to either one of these types of massage will add heat and extra relaxation to the whole body. This massage uses sleek heated basalt stones bathed in oil. The therapist uses the heated stones in place of their hands, allowing the smooth weight and heat of the rocks to easily and luxuriously melt tension in muscle tissue like butter.
Thai Yoga Massage is a wonderful massage of applied stretching, so you don't only feel more relaxed, you also have stretched out your entire body. Often called "Lazy Man's Yoga" it incorporates passive stretching, acupressure, rhythmic compression and hot herbal compresses. This massage is great for improving flexibility, decrease joint pain, and induce relaxation. Perfect for after your hardest workouts.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy "Ashi" in Japanese is "foot" and "Atsu" means "pressure". This technique however is not a form of shiatsu, it is a massage done with the therapists feet using long fluid strokes along with deep compression. It works whole muscle groups as opposed to specific points within the muscle so while it remains a very deep massage the pressure is smooth and continuous. It is especially good for low back pain. Not recommended for pregnant women.
3. In what ways can massage therapy reduce my stress?
Massage can relieve tension in your muscles, and most people use it for relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, or to reduce muscle soreness. Massage can also cause your body to release natural painkillers, and it may boost your immune system.
Some studies have found it helpful for:
- Anxiety. Massage reduces anxiety by soothing the nervous system, quieting the mind and easing tension in the body.
- Pain. Pain was decreased in people with fibromyalgia, migraines and recent surgery. Back pain also might be relieved by massage.
- Labor pain. Massage during labor appears to lessen stress and anxiety, relax muscles and reduce pain. Regular massages while pregnant help to reduce pain and stress.
- Infant growth. Massage encouraged weight gain in premature babies and reduced the number of days they stayed in the hospital.
- Sports-related soreness. Some athletes receive massages after exercise, especially to the muscles they use most in their sport or activity. A massage will help increase blood flow to your muscles and will reduce muscle soreness after you exercise.
- Immune system. People with HIV who participated in massage studies showed an increased number of natural killer cells, which are thought to defend the body from viral and cancer cells. The reduction of stress being carried by the body allows the body to build up it's natural defenses.
- Self-esteem. Because massage involves direct contact with another person through touch, it can make you feel cared for. That special attention can improve self-image in people with physical disabilities and terminal illnesses. And using touch to convey caring can help children with severe physical disabilities.
4. What can I do to reduce stress on the weeks that I am not getting a massage?
Breath Work- You will be amazed at how effective slow deep breathing can be to your overall health.
Meditation/Guided visualization- Take a class or buy a guided visualization CD to relax your mind and connect to your Higher Self.
Essential oils- Oils such as Lavender or Bergamot will release tension by smelling them or applying them to the skin. Oils are worth looking into.
Exercise- We all know that exercise is one of the most powerful ways of reducing stress!
Healthy Eating- It all starts with what we put in our mouth. Love yourself and be mindful of the fuel you are putting into your body.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.