WELLNESS MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy is just as vital to your health as routine exercise and a healthy diet. Often referred to as bodywork, massage therapy is commonly used to provide relaxation, relieve tension associated with the stresses of a busy life, to aid in the recovery from intense exercise or injury, help maintain overall health and wellness, treat medical conditions and to achieve a balanced lifestyle. Research has shown that massage therapy can help with many medical conditions including arthritis, TMJ, fibromyalgia, allergies/asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, and musculoskeletal disorders.
At Cryo Fire Health Spa, we offer a variety of different wellness massage therapy styles including relaxation or deep tissue massages, hot stone, and pregnancy/prenatal massage therapy.
Wellness Massage Therapy will improve your quality of life
Mind, Mood + Beauty
- Enhance skin + muscle tone
- Reduces mental stress
- Improves concentration
- Breaks up fat (cellulite)
- Calms the nervous system
- Promotes better quality sleep
Health + Wellness
- Loosens tight muscles
- Relieves tired + aching muscles
- Decreases pain associated with chronic medical conditions
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers heart rate
- Improves the immune system
- Reduces tension headaches
- Increases circulation
Sports + Fitness
- Increases flexibility + range of motion
- Accelerates recovery from training + competition
- Improves posture
- Increases body awareness
- Reduces fatigue, inflammation + muscle soreness
Wellness Massage Therapy at Cryo Fire Health Spa
Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage
Generally a treatment for comfort measures and relaxation, massage therapy can greatly contribute to enhanced health. Additionally, deep tissue massage can immensely enhance the quality of life for individuals with significant muscle injuries and chronic conditions.
When it comes to a relaxation massage versus deep tissue massage, the pressures and techniques are the what differentiate the massage methods. Relaxation massage therapy utilizes a firm pressure on muscles to increase blood flow, ease muscular tension, and reduce stress response. Deep tissue massage therapy can help with small or large muscle injuries or aid in the healing of chronic problems. Deep tissue massage targets deep muscles, tendons, as well as protective and connective tissue known as fascia. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress, improve blood flow, lower heart rate, and aid in rehabilitation.
Massage therapy may also help decrease symptoms associated with cancer. In a large, three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 1,290 people with cancer were examined to see how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression. The study showed massage improved cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role.
Hot Stone Massage
During a hot stone massage, the masseuse uses hot smooth stones to massage your body. Using the heat and pressure from the stones as part of the massage technique, this massage is intended to relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock, and heated to between 130 and 145 degrees. A hot stone massage is mostly relaxing, but it also is more invigorating than a standard hands-only massage. The heat helps to release tension in the back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.
Hot stone massage may relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. According to a 2002 study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) compared to people with the condition who received traditional relaxation therapy. People with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. In a 2013 study published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, participants with RA experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.
Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage
Massage therapy during pregnancy can be very helpful for prenatal care. Prenatal massage therapy can relieve many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (swelling). In addition, prenatal massage therapy can reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, encourage blood and lymph circulation, help to relax nervous tension, improve sleep, and can help relieve depression or anxiety associated with hormonal changes.
Massage therapy for pregnant women offers a number of benefits that might include:
- Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck, and shoulders.
- Muscle tension created by the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas.
- Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage
- The release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical, is stimulated by massage
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from routine pregnancy / prenatal massage therapy. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor before participating in massage therapy. If you experience discomfort at any time during the pregnancy massage, tell your therapist immediately.