Have you had a day where you just need the comfort of a nice hug? The day, week or month has been a stressful one and the feeling of a nice warm hug from a loved one gives the utmost comfort feeling! That is because touch can lower blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone. Massage therapy is a unique type of touch that can give you the same comfort and relaxation after a long day, as a hug from a loved one.
What is Massage?
Massage is the added pressure and rubbing of the skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons, which can be done with the hands, elbows or fingers. There are many different types like hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, sports massages, and even pregnancy massages.
What is the process?
The atmosphere in our massage rooms is designed to give you a feeling of relaxation and comfort. The smells of the rooms, the colors, along with the music are all carefully selected to ease the mind and body. We are positive you will find the massage therapists will make you feel soothed and relaxed during your session. Massage is a time to clear your mind and unwind after stressful times.
If you are receiving your first massage, our massage therapists will ask you about your medical history and some of your health needs. This will help determine the best technique to use and pinpoint problem areas. Next, you will lie on a massage table with either loose clothing or a blanket over your body. If you are receiving a foot or leg massage you may sit in a massage chair. The massage therapists will massage with different pressures until you find one that feels comfortable for you. All you need to do is clear your mind and relax!
Not only is a massage soothing and relaxing, but it also has health benefits too. Massage is sometimes used as an alternative medicinal practice, or with other medical treatments. Massage can benefit people who have anxiety or depression. Massage helps lower the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can lower blood pressure and lead to higher serotonin levels, the feel good hormone. The lower cortisol levels are the less suppressed your immune system will be. Some studies say that massage can even help boost immune systems, because it helps lower heart rates and increases blood circulation. These lower levels will trigger immune system restoration, which can keep you healthier.
Massage can also help reduce minor pains. Massage helps loosen tight muscles and releases tensions from strained muscles and tendons. Massage can help reduce inflammation from over use, or sports related soreness. Even a short 15-minute massage can eliminate minor soreness. Other treatments can be used along with massage for those that suffer from back pains, or other chronic pains.
Many say that massage can help improve sleep. It is not uncommon to actually fall asleep during a massage! The benefits can carry over into the night, by encouraging a deeper sleep. Sleep disruption can occur when the mind and body are overly stressed and anxious. Getting massages regularly can help lessen stress that interrupts sleep.
As you can see, there are many health benefits that come along with massage. It is also a great time to unwind and relax. Call us today to schedule your next massage and find out how it can benefit you!