Massage Therapy targets the body’s soft tissue and joints, and can alleviate numerous conditions throughout the body.
An increase in lymphatic circulation is essential for the body’s immune system to function. Lymphatic fluid is full of the body’s natural defenses, consisting of white cells, killer cells, and T cells.
Increased circulation of blood will allow for a decrease of any swelling or edema, faster healing (delivery of nutrition and removal of debris), lowered heart rate and blood pressure, and enhanced overall health (more efficient delivery of chemical messengers and oxygen to the body’s systems and organs).
In cases of soft tissue injury either from trauma or repetitive stress, your Massage Therapist can physically stretch, inhibit muscle spasm, increase range of motion, and help break down scar tissue. Once a pattern of muscle dysfunction is assessed and treated, your Massage Therapist will provide individualized tips and advice to help you eliminate or prevent future problems.
Massage Therapy’s therapeutic effect is not only physical but also psychological. Many people receive Massage Therapy solely for the centering and calming effect it has. By removing emotional stress, the body will reduce the amount of stress chemicals produced when someone is under consistent stress.
Massage Therapy is a highly touted form of care used in conjuction with many other health services, such as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy.
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage at the spa. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist wants to achieve.
Swedish massage is performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist who lubricates the skin with massage oil and usually takes 50 to 60 minutes to massage the whole body.