The Many Benefits of Massage
Oftentimes we have guests that are reluctant to treat themselves and get a massage. Some fear it may be uncomfortable or awkward, others believe it is a frivolous thing to spend money on. What most people don’t understand is that not only is massage relaxing it also holds many varied benefits.
Let’s begin with the basics, what exactly is massage?
Massage is defined as pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
- Hot stone massage. This can be incorporated into any of the above mentioned massage categories. Smooth, natural stones are warmed and are used to massage the body. The benefit of this is the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. They also have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Risks of massage
Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.
What you can expect during a massage
You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.
In a typical massage therapy session, you are brought into a private room. There you will be left to undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. Your therapist will then knock to make sure you a covered on the table and they will re-enter. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.
A massage session may last anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.
Massage at Naviina
Along with all of the aforementioned massage modalities mentioned above, we also offer couples massage complete with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, as well as pre-natal massage for those expecting.
|30 Minute Massage||$45|
|1 Hour Massage||$75|
|1 1/2 Hour Massage||$100|
|30 minute Deep Tissue||$50|
|1 Hour Deep Tissue||$80|
|1 1/2 Hour Deep Tissue||$110|
|1 Hour Hot Stone Massage||$100|
|Neck & Shoulder Massage||$35|
|Naviina Signature Massage||$85|
|Couples Retreat Massage||$180|
|*Add On* Foot Treatment||$15|
If you are ready to book a massage and enjoy the many benefits, or if you have any further questions please give us a call. We currently have four licensed massage therapists on staff that would love to guide you through the process.