Many people aren’t sure whether to use heat or ice after an injury or feeling pain. This is very common as both help alleviate pain, but it’s important to know which method will benefit you the most.
What does heat do?
Applying heat opens up your blood vessels, which will increase blood flow, relax your muscles, and helps with pain.
Heat pack, microwave rice heating pad, electronic heating pad, hot stone massage, etc.
When to use it?
Heat is an excellent way to loosen up stuff muscles and joints. This method is good for headaches and other chronic conditions.
What does cold do?
Applying cold slows down the blood flow, which will decrease swelling, inflammation, and pain.
Ice pack, frozen gel pack, frozen veggies, etc.
When to use it?
Ice should be used right after an injury, or after an activity that irritates a chronic condition. This method is good for migraines, bumps, sprains, and strains.
-never use hot or cold therapy for longer than 20 minutes
-never use heat if there is any swelling or bruising (when in doubt, use ice)
-never apply heat or ice directly to the skin, use a thin towel
-check skin every 5 minutes to ensure no burning (freezer or regular)
-when in doubt, use ice!
AromaTherapy could greatly add to the benefits you receive during your massage sessions. The fragrant oils naturally extracted from herbs flowers, and fruits can increase circulation, promote relaxation and decrease pain and agitation.
At Massage Envy, you can choose from any of our four essential oil blends to enhance your massage experience.
Our blends range from Anxiety Release, which eases nervousness and apprehension to Mint and Rosemary which aims to enliven the body and mind. If you need to focus on release from any discomfort caused by pain aches and pains and to keep it simple it’s aptly named Aches and Pains. If it’s restful sleep you need, Lavender Garden will help calm your mind and get your drifting off to la-la land in no time.
For more information on any of the blends in our AromaTherapy collection visit http://www.massageenvy.com/types-of-massage/choices/aromatherapy.aspx or stop in to talk to one of our professional massage therapists about the benefits of AromaTherapy!
Aches & Pains
This warm blend of clove, sweet birch, rosemary and cypress aims to promote blood circulation and aid tissue recovery after physical exertion. It helps relieve a lot of muscle and joint pain.
Lavender, chamomile, and vetiver are blended together to create a sense of inner peace and harmony while decreasing irritability, nervousness and apprehension. This aromatherapy will leave you completely relaxed.
This blend of patchouli, grapefruit, and sweet orange bring pain relief and a decrease in inflammation to the receiver. The lavindin promotes restful sleep, supports the respiratory system, and aids in natural detoxification.
Mint & Rosemary
Mint oils and rosemary make for the perfect combination to enliven the body and mind. The Menthol in peppermint brings pain relief to the body, increases circulation, and cools the body. According to research, this mix also stimulates the part of the brain that causes people in one study to be more effective when performing tasks that require sustained attention.