MASSAGE: Massage Therapy involves using touch to manipulate soft-tissue and muscles of the body in order to provide beneficial treatments and relief from pain. This skill is crucial for a Massage Therapist to identify necessary therapeutic treatments for the client. Our knowledgeable Licensed Massage Therapists can help relieve stress and pain using many different modalities.
Beautiful You Medical Spa offers the following massage therapy:
MYOFASCIAL/DEEP TISSUE: Deep Tissue Massage targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, referred to as connective tissue. Of the many types of massage, deep tissue focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots (a/k/a adhesions). Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body. Being properly hydrated before you go to your massage appointment and drinking plenty of water after one of these massages is highly recommended.
PRENATAL: A technique involving deep bodywork designed to improve your circulation, take some of the strain off your muscles and joints, and generally re-energize you. Anyone who’s ever had a professional massage (whether pregnant or not) knows that both body and mind feel better after a rubdown. Studies show that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you’re pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body. And it reconnects your mind with your body. This massage is only performed after the first trimester of pregnancy.
SWEDISH: The Swedish massage helps to improve the function of your lymph system by relaxing your muscles. The lymph system works to move nutrient-filled fluids and waste around your body. The fluid is moved only through voluntary movements from the muscles. Anyone who has problems from muscular strain will benefit from a Swedish massage. As the therapist relaxes the muscles the lymph system will have the ability to flush out all of the metabolic waste from the muscles. This will help you to heal faster. The Swedish massage can also be used as therapy for people who suffer from any type of debilitating joint disorder that causes them pain. This benefit of the Swedish massage works to increase the elasticity in the tissues, flexibility, and to reduce the pain that they feel. After the Swedish massage many of these people will find that they are able to use their joints more than before and with little to no pain.
AROMATHERAPY: Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but using concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil to the lotion. The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:
- calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
- uplifting – ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
- energizing – rosemary
- cleansing – rosemary
- decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
Why do people get aromatherapy massage?
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions.
- Stress and stress-related conditions such as insomnia
- Digestive disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) back pain
HOT OR COLD STONE MASSAGE THERAPY: Most stone massage therapy has many benefits. In the past few years, it has grown rapidly in popularity. Both hot and cold stone techniques have their own benefits.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is not only a relaxing massage method, but it also has many healing properties. The use of hot stones allows our massage therapists to give deep, penetrating massages without putting excessive stress on her own body. Additionally, the stones will heat the skin, open the pores, and prepare one’s skin to better absorb massage oils. They, therefore, increase the benefits any given oil will provide. The use of massage stones is also a great way to increase circulation in and around the area being massaged. Increased blood flow will help clear out toxins and assist in healing an injured or strained area.
Cold Stone Massage
Cold stones are excellent because they promote circulation and act as a powerful decongestant for the body. By promoting circulation, a cold stone treatment can ease inflamed tissues, decrease muscle spasms, and can reduce swelling or fluid build-up (for example, as manifested in dark circles under the eyes). Unlike with the use of ice, cold stone treatments will not severely desensitize the skin. The overall effect of a treatment is the reduction of tension with a simultaneous feeling of invigoration.
Hot and Cold Stone Massage
Using both techniques in one routine can be very beneficial to your partner assuming that you give them stone massage therapy. Switching between cold and hot applications causes blood vessels to alternately dilate and constrict, leading to increased movement of fluids within the body, increased removal of toxins and increased healing. However, this type of treatment is not recommended for people with circulatory problems because they may be too sensitive to the sudden, increased circulation.
REFLEXOLOGY: Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. These areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health. For example, a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. When thumbs or fingers are used to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis.