The beneficial effects of massage begin with its influence on the muscular tissues of the body. Skillful manipulation of the muscles assists the circulation of the blood and lymphatic fluid, stimulates the organs of digestion and improves the performance of the lungs and skin. As the muscles improve in tone, so do the nerves that supply them, right back to the spinal cord and brain.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain.
- Improving joint mobility.
- Improving circulation.
- Improving lymphatic drainage.
- Reducing muscular tension.
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
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Thai Fusion Massage
Thai massage combines acupressure and assisted yoga positions into a very unique massage experience. The legs and feet of the therapist can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the therapist will adjust to fit the receiver. A typical Thai Fusion massage appointment is 90 minutes.
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Hot & Cold Stone Massage Therapy
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and deeply relaxing.Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist work the muscles using lighter pressure.
One of the benefits of cold stone massage is that it can provide a deep state of relaxation, a release of tension, as well as, a reduction of swelling and inflammation due to scar tissue, trauma or injuries to muscles. Cold stones are critical in stone massage work as they decrease soreness when working on deeper muscles, draw heat away from the body, and help to strengthen on a cellular level.
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