Massage Therapist Questions and Answers
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We are all familiar with massages and most often associate them with a relaxing day at the spa. However, massage therapy has many therapeutic applications that can target problem areas and improve musculoskeletal conditions, such as soft tissue injuries. When applied to treat these conditions, massage therapy can help speed up recovery times and aid in the healing process.
A massage involves the physical manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints for the alleviation of pain and the inducement of relaxation. There are many different types of massage, from the well-known Swedish massage to hot stone and deep tissue massages. Different kinds of massage are used to target different problems/problem areas. For example, deep tissue massages work the layers of tissue underneath and can target chronic pain caused by repetitive motions and overuse injuries.
Massage therapy provides numerous benefits, including:
• Reduced muscle tension
• Improved circulation
• Stimulation of the lymphatic system
• Reduction of stress hormones
• Increased joint mobility and flexibility
• Improved skin tone
• Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
• Heightened mental alertness
• Reduced anxiety and depression
Aegean Medical provides the following massage services:
Abhyanga Massage – 90 Minutes
A 90 minute hot oil massage in which the pressure is tailored to each individual client based on their needs. For added benefits of stimulating hair growth and a clean scalp, oil is also massage into the hair and scalp.
Swedish Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
This relaxation massage uses light to firm pressure to alleviate tension and focuses on the superficial layers of muscle and parts of the body that tend to hold the most tension, including the neck, shoulders, and back. To bring oxygen to the muscles and increase blood flow, our massage therapist uses techniques such as kneading movements, sliding movements, vibration, rubbing, and percussion. This helps filter out metabolic waste like lactic and uric acid.
Reflexology Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
This reflexology session involves applying different amounts of pressure to the hands, feet and even the ears. This massage starts with moist heat on the feet while reflex points are stimulated on the scalp and head.
Deep Tissue Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
This massage technique is mostly used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains, sprains, sports injuries, and chronic pain. To knead and target the inner layers of the muscles and connective tissues, this deep tissue massage involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes with palms of the hands, fingers, elbows, and forearms. This massage helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an acute or overuse injury and reduces tension in the muscles and tissues. Treats muscle pain and improves stiffness.
Hot Stone Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
Our hot stone massage uses heated jade stones that will melt your tension away! The heat allows our massage therapist to work deeper into the muscle with applying lighter pressure. At the beginning of the massage, warm stones are placed along both sides of the spine, in the palms of the hands, on the back of the legs, then on the abdomen and between the toes. The benefits of hot stone massage include: reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, alleviation of back pain, and improved sleep.
Thai Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
Our Thai massage will leave you feeling more flexible and physically refreshed! With each massage tailored to your needs, this massage involves lying fully clothed on a floor mat. To have you feeling your very best, our therapist will use rhythmic acupressure with yoga-like stretching.
Sports Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
This session is a specific massage that addresses the musculature in respect to the proper function and performance in a particular sport or activity. This helps athletes who use their bodies vigorously to prepare or recover from an event. Each session is custom-tailored to meet individual needs, and often includes: myofascial release, advanced stretching techniques, and deep tissue.
Body Builder – 120 Minutes
This 2 hour massage is great for body builders! It targets several different muscle groups to help recover from a workout while getting you ready for your next one!
Craniosacral Massage – 45 Minutes
This noninvasive massage uses a gentle technique that focuses on moving fluid in and around the central nervous system. It works to relieve compression of the bones in the head, sacrum, and spinal column. Benefits include: treating migraines and headaches, insomnia, sinus issues, neck pain, TMJ disorders, helps with recovering from trauma such as whiplash, and helps to relieve mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
This gentle massage encourages movement and circulation of fluids to filter out bodily waste and foreign pathogens. Tools are sometimes used to achieve desired results. To start the process of decongesting the stagnant fluids in your body, the session will begin with a hot foot soak. Our therapist will use pressure, rocking, twisting, and gentle pushing with an emphasis of moving fluid and not necessarily affecting the muscles.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) – 60 Minutes
Skilled myofascial intervention used for soft tissue treatment. By various direct compressive stroke techniques, this session includes the use of specialized tools to manipulate the skin, fascia, muscles, and tendons. The instruments used effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue.
Prenatal Massage – 30/60/90 Minutes
This prenatal massage is perfect for expectant mothers! This massage is similar to the Swedish massage but is adjusted to accommodate for all of the changes a woman’s body goes through while pregnant. The mother-to-be lies on their side using a body pillow to support joints with focus on the neck, upper/lower back, and glutes to relieve pressure.
It may be recommended to receive a massage when experiencing any of the following:
• Subacute/chronic low back pain
• Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
• Soft tissue injuries
• High blood pressure
• A chronic disease
If you or someone you love is looking for a top-rated massage therapist, come to Aegean Medical today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating a wide range of conditions with massage therapy and can help you find relief! Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you! We serve clients from New Bern NC, Hymans NC, River Bend NC, Brices Creek NC, Fairfield Harbour NC, and Neuse Forest NC.