|What is Massage?
The power that bodywork has is incredible. Here at Conscious Contact we have all seen and experienced that power first hand. Regardless of how clients think of it, (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic), or the reasons they seek out massage, (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful way to improve your health and stay pain free. Stress can be the biggest thing that eats at our bodies. It ages us faster both internally and externally. It is estimated by experts that more than ninety percent of disease is stress related. Massage can help with all of the following.
- Promotes Relaxation and Faster Injury/Illness Recovery
- Relax and Soften Injured, Tired, and Overused Muscles
- Reduce Spasms, Cramping, and Aches
- Lessens Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
- Relieve Migrane/ Tension Headache Pain
- Alleviate Pain and Improve Range of Motion
- Improves Circulation
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Enhances Immune System
- Help the Body Prepare for and Recover from Strenuous Workouts
- Improves Skin Condition and Muscle Tone
- Promote Tissue Regeneration, Reducing Scar Tissue and Stretch Marks
- Exercise and Stretch Weak, Tight, or Atrophied Muscles
- Reduce Post-Surgery Adhesions and Swelling
- Pump Oxygen and Nutrients into Tissues and Vital Organs
- Eliminates Toxins
- Ease Medication Dependence
- Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing
- Improves Digestion and Elimination
- Alleviates Discomfort During Pregnancy
- Balances Autonomic Nervous System
AND MASSAGE JUST FEELS GREAT!!! Massage Modalities Explained:
- Swedish massage - This is the most common massage modality used. It is a combination of long strokes, kneading, circular movements, and several other similar strokes that are used to achieve relaxation and refresh your body.
- Deep-tissue massage - This massage technique uses slower, more specific strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries or chronic pain.
- Sports massage - Similar to Swedish in technique but is more vigorous in its strokes than flowing and is more geared towards athletes or people who work out. This type of massage involves more stretching.
- Trigger point massage - This massage focuses on trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. A trigger point refers pain to another area of the body and can make you think that that is where your problem area is.
- Myofascial Release - This is a form of soft tissue therapy using gentle, sustained pressure to the fascia to release any restrictions and/or pain.
- Prenatal - A massage that is preformed during any stage of pregnancy. This type of massage has a pregnant client positioned differently than a regular massage to protect the baby. Using a cushioning system the mom-to-be either lays face down or lays on her side during the massage depending on how far along she is in her pregnancy. Those who have a history of risks or miscarriages will be unable to receive massage.
- Treatment - A massage using any of the above techniques to treat any area or areas of the body that have experienced trauma or chronic pain. We would describe this as a "focus area" in the intake interview. The goal during the massage is to alleviate pain and treat the soft tissue.
- Tandem - Two therapists work in unison on one client. Four hands are better than two! More is able to get accomplished in one hour. It saves the client time but also gives them the wonderful experience of what is similar to a two-hour massage.
- Hot Stone - A long, gliding massage that is performed with stones that have been warmed to increase the client's relaxation. The warmth heats up a client's muscles and allows the therapist to work deeply more quickly.
- Lomi Lomi - A Hawaiian massage modality using coconut oil that flows from one area of the body to another in rhythmic dance-like motions.
- Thai Yoga - A massage that involves stretching and deep massage. During this massage no emollients are used and the client is dressed in COMFORTABLE clothing that they can easily move around and stretch in. It is performed on the floor on a mat.
- Scrubs - A scrub made from either sugar, salt, or coffee is used to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This makes your skin very soft and smooth. The technique is then proceeded with scented body butter to massage the area with for a long-lasting effect.
- Craniosacral - Used to relieve pain, this massage modality uses very light touch to balance the body. This is a special technque that requires extra licensing to perform. We only have two therapists on staff who are licensed to do this massage.
- Lymphatic Facilitation- Lymphedema is where there is a localized fluid retention within the body. The intention of this massage is to remove this congestion and return the body to its normal state. This massage has extra licensing requirements to preform. We only have two therapists on staff who are licensed give this massage.