Massage Therapy is beneficial to absolutely everyone! It is a fantastic modality to help with relaxation and muscle tension release. While relaxing and releasing pressure and built up tension within the body, you are also helping to ease and clear the mind.
Massage Therapy is used to promote relaxation and well-being. Massage and muscle manipulation are greatly beneficial to all sorts of ailments including treating sports injuries, postural misalignment, stiffness within the body and other issues effecting the musculature of the body.
Massage therapy has many benefits and can help lower stress, fatigue, muscle tension, mental stress, reduce anxiety, sports injuries, and recurring ailments. Preparing for your massage will come with rewarding results complimenting the body work you are about to receive.
The release of the ‘feel good’ endorphins will leave you feeling on a natural high. Those endorphins leave you feeling relaxed and energized at the same time. It is a wonderful feeling! The good news is those endorphins have their own healing qualities and the benefits of massage therapy accumulate over time with regularly scheduled sessions. The more often you come, the better you feel, the faster your body responds, and the quicker you feel relief.
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8 Serenity Massage offer the following massage therapies:
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy applies deeper pressure that is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus of a Deep Tissue Massage is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding the muscles, bones, and joints). Specific strokes in a Deep Tissue Massage are used to manipulate tissues while movement techniques are used to release muscular congestion. Deep Tissue Massage helps to loosen muscle tissues, release toxins, and get blood and oxygen circulating. Deep Tissue Massage is both corrective and therapeutic. Deep Tissue Massage is beneficial for sports injuries and chronic pain.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy
Trigger Point Massage Therapy is a technique that involves the application of the pressure applied to the Trigger Point of the tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called Myofascial (Myo meaning muscle, Fascial meaning connective tissue) Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger Point Massage is particularly good in releasing very tight muscles and putting them back to a semi relaxed state until they have calmed down from being so tight. Trigger Point Massage can also be combined with Deep Tissue Massage and MRT (Movement Release Technique) for even better results of exceptionally sore muscles. This Technique is applied in Sports Massage.
Advanced MRT (Movement Release Technique) is combining movement of the limb while applying pressure deep into the active muscle to encourage the muscle to release from its tight state. MRT is combined with Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massages. All three together are applied when having a Sports Massage.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish Massage Therapy is known to reduce joint stiffness, muscle tension pain and relieve from anxiety and stress. Swedish Massage promotes relaxation and leaves you with a feeling of well-being and body awareness. Swedish Massage is best suited for people who do not like a lot of pressure during a Massage. This is a more relaxed style of Massage suited to people who are looking for some relaxation time to themselves without any or much discomfort.
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Hot Stone Massage Therapy
Hot Stone Massage Therapy is a massage technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage the whole body.
Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage can improve the blood flow, reduces stress and increasing cellular activity, improving the lymphatic and immune systems, normalising body functions, and can also assist in helping your body to heal itself. The hot stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy during your Hot Stone Massage.
Pregnancy Massage Therapy
A Pregnancy Massage is different from any other type of treatment as there are different trigger points and a level of sensitivity and gentleness that is required by the Therapist.
This massage is carried out in a side-lying position as this maximises the effectiveness of and assists to gain the full benefits of the massage. Side-lying is a more natural position and keeps the hips and pelvis level and the lower back fully supported. Pillows are used in supporting the body. This can help to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of a massage technique is applied.
Pregnancy Massage Therapy is a useful way of reducing general pregnancy discomfort as it helps with muscle tension, backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. Massaging can also assist with reducing stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, and helps to relax nervous tension. – which can aid in better night’s sleep.
How to Prepare for your Massage
Hydrate Before and After Your Appointment
Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your massage appointment.
This will help relieve the inflammation (dis-ease) and flush toxins from your muscles into your lymphatic system to drain. By drinking lots of water you are aiding essential nutrients and oxygen to flow properly through your body to hydrate your muscles and to get the best results from your massage.
Your massage starts to break up and release those built-up toxins as your therapist loosens your muscles. Massage gets your blood and oxygen circulating properly. Massage is dehydrating in nature as it tries to flush the toxins from your body. So, staying hydrated before and after a massage is strongly recommended because the water helps flush out those released toxins.
I also recommend that you take a warm shower after your massage and NOT a hot one. By having a hot shower this may also dehydrate you and your muscles will be slower to enjoy the benefits of your Massage.
Wear Loose Comfortable Clothing
When you prepare for a massage, plan to wear, or bring loose comfortable clothing with you. You will be asked to remove your clothing down to your underwear, or to your comfort level (leaving your underwear on) for your massage.
Wearing loose clothing to your massage will make the undressing process much easier for you. After your massage, you may feel tender or just extremely relaxed and you will appreciate not having to put on restrictive clothing.
The relaxation of your body, mind and soul is key to getting the most out of your massage session. Your therapist will be working to loosen your muscles and normal breathing helps expedite relaxation.
Often, people hold their breath or limit their breathing while on the massage table because they feel nervous – this can be counterproductive. Holding your breath hinders the oxygen from getting to your muscles and interferes with the healing process of removing toxins from the body. Often this contracts your muscles more, making them harder to loosen and this can be an uncomfortable experience.
Inhale and exhale normally while your therapist executes various massage techniques, so you get the best benefits from your massage.
Do Not Be Afraid to Communicate
Your massage therapist is there to help you feel better.
If you have a specific problem area you want targeted or purely just want to relax on the table – let your therapist know.
Your massage therapist will use oils and lotions to reduce friction during your massage, make sure you communicate any allergies you may have.
Additionally, please let your therapist know if you experience any discomfort from applied pressure so they can adjust their technique to accommodate your physical needs.