Massage therapy is often touted for its relaxing benefits, but it can offer health and preventative benefits as well. While we love offering an escape from the demands of life, we also strive to use massage as a tool to help you prevent the "need to escape".
Our licensed massage therapists use varying degrees of pressure, as well as specific movement techniques to manipulate the soft tissue of your body, including muscles, connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, and skin.
Benefits of Massage
Massage is an excellent way to relax and let go of stress, both mentally and physically, by reducing cortisol.
By loosening tension, blood circulation improves greatly, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed! It's like a total reset!
Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue, tendons, and joints - which can help reduce contractions and spasms.
Massage therapy can help to release endorphins, leaving you less anxious, less stressed, less depressed, and happier overall.
By stimulating the lymphatic system, massage can reduce toxins and give the immune system a boost so you stay well!
By targeting tight muscles or inflamed areas, massage can improve range of motion and flexibility caused by injury or chronic conditions.
How do I prepare?
We recommend having a light meal one to two hours before your appointment. It’s best to avoid a heavy meal so you don’t experience sluggishness or heavy digestion during your session.
Massage gets your blood and oxygen circulating, but may be dehydrating. Staying hydrated before and after a massage is recommended because the water helps flush out toxins that get released.
While you will be undressed during your massage, what you wear before and after can impact how you feel. We recommend loose, comfortable clothes to promote feelings of ease and relaxation.
Before your appointment, give some thought to what you'd like to achieve. Your massage therapist can target their approach based on your needs, so check in with your body and mind so you're ready to ask for what you need.
What else should I know?
You might fall asleep. This is perfectly okay, and we actually consider it a compliment!
Our goal is to help you release all tension and stress, and falling asleep can help in that process.
Whether you prefer quiet, or like to chat, let your massage therapist know.
It's important to breathe normally, or to take a few deep breaths to help you relax.
Some people unconsciously hold their breath during a massage, and that creates more tension in the body.
Just breathe easy and let yourself be.
While massage is generally considered safe, there are a few instances where we don't recommend it:
Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
Recent operations or acute injuries
In some situations, we may offer massage, but avoid certain areas or adjust our approach. Be sure to notify your massage therapist if you have any of the following:
Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
Inflammation, including arthritis