Massage: It’s More Than a Luxury
Therapeutic massage is often used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of health care such as physical therapy, chiropractic care and psychotherapy. Therapeutic massage is often used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of health care such as physical therapy, chiropractic care and psychotherapy.Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your self-care, health, maintenance and fitness regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress which translates into:
• Relieve migraine pain
• Enhance sleep quality
• Combat aging
• Ease medication dependence
• Increase circulation
• Reduce anxiety and stress
• Improve immune system
• Reduce chronic muscle tension
You can choose from any of the following types of massage:
1) Swedish Massage Therapy
In Swedish massage therapy, using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation. It can be especially helpful for injury recovery
2) Aromatherapy Massage
An aromatherapy massage is a Swedish massage with essential oils added to the massage oil. Essential oils offer a pleasing scent and are believed to have healing properties.
Aromatherapy massage can benefit such conditions as headaches, insomnia, certain digestive disorders, back pain, and even premenstrual symptoms.
Before receiving an aromatherapy massage, we will make sure you are not allergic to any of the plants used in the oils, since they may cause a reaction on the skin.
3) Hot Stone Massage
As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific parts of the body and holds the warm stones while giving the massage. The warmth of the stones can be relaxing and can loosen tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.
4) Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The therapist uses deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle.
A deep tissue massage is generally more intense than a Swedish massage, but it should not cause you pain.
5) Pregnancy Massage
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother’s needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles, especially in the later stages of pregnancy, prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief.
In reflexology, the therapist uses finger pressure and techniques such as kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing in the body. Reflexology is based on the reflex areas on the hands and feet, whose energy is believed to be connected to organs and other body parts.
7) Sports Massage
Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from athletic or sports events. Even if you aren’t an athlete, sports massage may help muscle pain or restricted range of motion.
Sports massage is used to manipulate the body’s soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups, depending on which sport the athlete plays. It can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility.
If you’re looking for a New Jersey-based massage therapist, look no further than The Art of Dentistry and Spa. Contact us today at 732-846-7100 or at http://www.theartofdentistrynj.com/request-appointment/ to schedule your appointment.