About Massage Therapy:
Massage Therapy is the soft-tissue (tissue that supports and connects in the body such as muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin) manipulation to the body, used to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation.
Examples of Soft-Tissue Manipulation:
Understanding How Massage Therapy Works:
Massage Therapy brings about physiological changes in your body due to two responses: the relaxation response, an involuntary, predictable response of the nervous system to specific massage techniques and touch; and, the mechanical response, a physical effect occurring in the body where soft-tissue manipulation is performed. These two responses bring about both physical and emotional benefits.
Some Emotional areas helped during the Relaxation Response:
- Persistent fatigue
- Sexual dysfunction
- Digestive disorders
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Psychological issues
Two Major Physical areas helped during the Mechanical Response:
- Increases in Blood and Lymph Circulation – Massage Therapy is believed to help in this area through the combination of soft-tissue manipulation, and the release of chemicals during the relaxation response. Increased circulation is beneficial as more oxygen and nutrients are then delivered to the body’s muscle cells. The increased oxygen and nutrient delivery improves cell health and causes body tissues to function more efficiently. Increased efficiency can boost the body’s removal of waste products and its absorption of excess fluids, and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
- Relaxation and Normalization of the Soft Tissue – Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue, reducing painful contractions and spasms, which helps reduce nerve compression. Because contracted muscles can compress nerves around them, massage helps relax the muscles so the nerves stop being compressed and are better able to receive more nutrients and operate more efficiently. More efficient nerve operation means better nerve transmission to and from the brain, with increased functionality of the body’s muscles and organs.
Deciding on a Massage Therapy Type:
When deciding what type of Massage Therapy style would be best for you, it helps to know why you want a massage. You might want to have a massage to help with relaxation or stress control, or maybe you are seeking relief of certain symptoms, or need help with a specific health condition, or for some other reason. There are many different types and styles of Massage to address your individual needs, and our office has several to choose from to help you, whether you are seeking relaxation or help with achieving general, or more specific health goals.
Massage Therapy options we offer are listed below (with descriptions):
- Swedish: Lighter, relaxing, detoxifies
- Cupping: Works to release fascia and allows muscles to relax for deeper work
- Therapeutic: Targets tense muscles and spasms
- Sports: Perfect for the Athlete in training or the weekend warrior
- Deep Tissue: Great for chronic or acute injury
- Hot Stone: Heated stones soothe aches and pains, relaxes taut, tired muscles
- Rain Drop Technique: Combines massage with Young Living Essential Oils
- Lymphatic: Light massage that stimulates lymphatic system, flushes toxins, great for sinus relief and congestion
- Prenatal: Eases the discomforts of pregnancy
- TMJ Massage: Lessens tension that may be causing temporomandibular joint syndrome, teeth clenching/grinding, tension headaches, and tinnitus
- **NEW** Lypossage: All natural body-contouring treatment helps reshape your figure without invasive surgery
Lypossage is a form of massage that appears to diminish the appearance of cellulite. It does this by using a specialized combination of massage and lymphatic work to smooth and rearrange the tissue at a structural level. This particular massage work is rather intense, especially on arms and legs, so regular massages prior to this procedure are recommended. One session gives the “Cinderella” effect for about 24-48 hours maximum. It takes at least six sessions to get lasting benefits, and eight sessions are recommended for a long-lasting result. Long-term or very stubborn areas can take up to 18 sessions. For more information, or to make an appointment, call us at 931-372-BACK!
Scheduling your Massage appointment:
Massages are available in 15 minute increments from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.