Month: November 2010

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Reflexology

Developed in the early twentieth century, reflexology was originally known as “zone therapy.” This type of massage focuses only on ones and hands feet. During a reflexology session, the massage therapist will focus on specific target points that will send signals to the brain and will balance the nervous system. This is done by moving and stretching the hands and feet while applying pressure to reflex areas and other parts of the body. These pressure areas correspond to specific organs of the body. The endorphins released during a reflexology session will reduce the amount of stress the client feels while returning the body back to its equilibrium. Reflexology provides pain relief to those who are suffering tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues, and back pain.

Sports Massage

The sports massage is focused on athletes that play any kind of sports. Sports massages are customized to the individual based on what sports they place or if they have had previous pain or injuries in any part of their body. Athletes benefit from these personalized massages because it increases flexibility, decreases fatigue, promotes endurance, helps prevent injuries, and gets them ready to perform at their best.

Swedish Massage

Usually, when people think of massage, the type of massage that they visualize is a Swedish massage. Developed in Stockholm several centuries ago, this form of bodywork has become the most common type of massage that is performed

The massage therapists at Massage Envy will rub the muscles with long gliding strokes in the same direction of blood flowing back to the heart to get the client’s body to relax. Firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending, stretching, and applying pressure with their hands and palms are a few other techniques used to calm the muscles of the body down. The use of lotion will not only reduce friction, but stimulate the skin as well.

The benefits of a Swedish massage includes an increase of oxygen in the blood, a decline in muscle toxins, better circulation and flexibility, and less muscle tension.

Deep Tissue Massage

Through slow strokes and deep finger pressure, deep tissues massage target knots and release chronic muscle tension. A decrease in inflammation and the elimination of scar tissue are other benefits that one can gain from a deep tissue massage. The deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia are the focus of these massages.

Some of the more intense techniques used for this type of massage, such as deep finger pressure, may cause the recipient of the massage some discomfort or soreness for a few days following the massage. After the client no longer feels sore or discomfort, they will experience the relaxation and pain relief that is desired.

Geriatric Massage

 

A geriatric massage provides the recipient with basic relaxation and relief. This type of massage is a great way to fight many aging symptoms. There are many different types of geriatric massages, all  of which are very popular among massage clients.

The geriatric techniques that Massage Envy professionals use help increase blood flow, fights depression, improves balance and flexibility, decrease arthritis pain, and improve posture.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points can often be misleading. This is because although a person may feel pain in a certain part of their body, the pain is actually coming from a tight area within the muscle tissue in another part of the body. For example, the pain may be in your back, but the source of the pain is in the neck area. Overuse or injury of muscles can create these trigger points in the body.

A trigger point massage is intended to loosen up the area that is causing the pain by applying and releasing pressure. The person receiving the massage participates by breathing deeply and identifies the location of the discomfort.

This massage gets rid of the toxins in the muscles and releases energizing endorphins. Just one treatment can cause a significant decline in the amount of pain.

Massage Therapy Health Benefits

More Americans are seeking therapeutic massage therapy as a way to relieve the stress they deal with on a day-to-day basis. Massage therapy can not only help people relax, re-align, and rejuvenate but there are also plenty of health related benefits that come from receiving massage therapy on a regular basis. And with the busy lives that many Americans need, treating yourself to a customized massage session at Massage Envy could be what you need.

Here are some of the health benefits:

  • Relieves Stress
  • Encourages Relaxation
  • Improves Posture
  • Improves Circulation
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Helps Manage Pain
  • Relaxes Muscles
  • Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Relieves Tension-related Headaches
  • Strengthens the Immune System
  • Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
  • Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally