Massage therapy and bodywork can help relieve chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, help improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Your provider will help you thoroughly relax with a unique blend of neuromuscular, swedish, myofascial and/or deep tissue techniques. A relaxing swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general session, your service may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. However, if more myofascial work is required, less oil is used and the practitioner ‘holds’ tension on certain area for a duration of time. You should communicate immediately during any session if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage therapy and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
Prior to the session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the techniques for the upcoming session. During the massage therapy session, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Your massage therapist will check in with you about your comfort level, but if you do need something adjusted, just speak up and communicate it if/when you need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask!
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems you are experiencing or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage therapy or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Sessions are designed to meet your unique needs – you are a unique person, and each day your body is slightly different.
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Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a very gentle and focused massage technique. LDM works to support optimal function of the lymphatic system which is a vital and often overlooked system that cleans virtually all of our body tissue making this particularly beneficial post-surgically and to relieve congestion in organs, glands, muscles, and fascia. Many times this congestion can cause pain, restricted mobility, swelling, and fatigue. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. LDM is good for people with; lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or edema, skin disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, arthritis and migraine episodes.
Cupping therapy can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. In a Cupping therapy session, the therapist puts special suction cups on your skin for a few minutes. This suction created from the cups can increase blood and lymphatic circulation to the applied area, relaxes muscle tissue, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body, and releases a range of pain causing factors. Cupping therapy is recommended for help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
NIASZIIH healing is an earth-based approach to healing. Pronounced "Nye-ah-Zee-eye" and loosely translated as "Vessel of healing,” It is an opportunity to go beneath the surface of your life and see the events, patterns, and choices you move from, see how these in turn influence your very body, make contact, and discover a new perspective.
During a healing session you typically lie comfortably on a massage table, fully clothed. The practitioner applies touch to various parts of your body, and there is often some dialog throughout the session, similar to somatic therapy. Healing sessions are not a passive experience, but an opportunity for you to engage in your Healing Journey directly.
This integrative medicine is applicable to anyone with non-communicable diseases, including those undergoing treatment (eg. chemotherapy, upcoming surgery, etc). It is a powerful hands-on approach that works with your whole being – the physical, energetic, spiritual, and more – and is recommended for people with cancer, auto-immune disorders, heart disease, and/or any other non-communicable disease.
NIASZIIH healing is about being real with what is, and finding the potential for making a different choice. Your entire being has been crying for healing, to be at peace, to feel love, to find joy, and to live with a real sense of purpose in life. Your body craves to be in balance. What do you need so you can create this in your life?
- From Dr. Andrew Weil