Massages at Rejuvenate
What is massage?
Massage is a "hands-on" treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of the muscles to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
How does massage work?
For centuries, human touch has been shown to be emotionally and physically healing. Particular massage techniques may either stimulate or calm the body's muscles and tissues to create a desired effect. When a practitioner massages soft tissue, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals, in combination with the healing properties of touch, help heal damaged muscle, stimulate circulation, clear waste products via the lymphatic system, boost the activity of the immune system, reduce pain and tension, and induce a calming effect. Massage also enhances well-being by stimulating the release of endorphins and reducing levels of certain stress hormones.
What is massage good for?
In general, massage is believed to support healing, boost energy, reduce recovery time after an injury, ease pain, and enhance relaxation, mood, and well-being. It is useful for many musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sprains and strains. Massage may also relieve depression in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, alleviate sleep disorders, and improve self-image. In the workplace, massage has been shown to melt away stress and enhance mental alertness.
Aromatherapy massage: Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to reduce stress and tension, refresh and invigorate the body, soothe emotions, and clear the mind. When aromatherapy is combined with a relaxing or invigorating massage, the benefits are often intensified.
Swedish massage: A variety of strokes and pressure techniques are used to enhance the flow of blood to the heart, remove waste products from the tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension.
Deep Tissue massage: This incorporates specific techniques to effectively relieve all layers of muscle affected by injury, chronic pain, and tension built up over long periods of time. This style of massage uses deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle. The purpose is to un-stick the muscle fibers, release toxins and remove deeply held patterns of tension.
Hot Stone massage: The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist also holds the stones and uses them to massage certain areas of the body. The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river's current. The warmth of the hot stones relaxes the muscles, improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
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