Therapeutic Massage can help to improve body function, reduce stress, and bring an overall sense of wellbeing. Many folks suffer from daily stress & fatigue. The chronic wear and tear on the body can often become so routine that our bodies become anesthetized. The body structure not only houses our muscular and skeletal systems, but also our mind and soul. Trauma and physical strain can make that structure weak and unsound. Through massage, the foundation of the body structure can be strengthened & renewed.
Massage therapy can help to improve posture, range of movement, & brings better blood flow to oxygen-deprived muscles. It reduces stress as well as the negative effects of the stress hormone, cortisol. More and more physicians are recommending massage therapy to their patients for stress-related tensions and injuries, as well as to help maintain overall health and wellness.
Massage is often thought of as a luxury. I believe it's more of a necessity for proper body maintenance. Whether you have a job that keeps you at a desk all day or you're an athlete, massage can help you keep your muscles and joints in optimum shape!
What can Massage Therapy do for you?
Improves muscle tone
Reduces chronic pain
Boosts the immune system
Assists in healing of physical and emotional trauma
Calms the mind and body, yet stimulates the nervous system and overall circulation
What types of massages are offered at Essential Elements?
Aromatherapy Relaxing Massage
Give yourself the gift of relaxation. Alleviate stress & unwind from your busy life as you enjoy the soothing touch of relaxation massage. Aromatherapy oils are used to help calm the senses and promote a deep feeling of peace and tranquility. You will leave feeling restored & refreshed! This is a classic, Swedish, full-body, light pressure massage used to provide relaxation and stress relief. If you would like deep pressure, stretching, or treatment targeted to a specific problem, a therapeutic massage would be best suited for you. Using 8 different DoTerra Essential oils, this massage is an essential oil experience with light, relaxing strokes along the spine and back, as well as to the hands and feet. Each essential oil is selected for its individual aromatic properties, and for their powerful aromatic properties when combined. This technique uses specific guidelines and instructions for both dosage and application that make it a safe and effective way to receive the full benefits of essential oils. This gentle aromatherapy massage can be adapted to accommodate young or sensitive skin so that anyone can benefit without the worry of overwhelming the body.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy used to help you relax and ease tense muscles. Smooth, flat, stones made of basalt (a type of volcanic rock that retains heat) are heated to a temperature between 130 & 145 degrees. The techniques of a regular massage are applied using the hot stones as an added tool to allow a deeper massage that quickly warms the muscles and gets the blood flowing. At times, throughout the massage, hot stones may also be simply placed along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Anyone who is experiencing muscle tension and pain, insomnia, or stress may benefit from a hot stone massage. Precautions for Hot Stone Massage: If you have any of the following, hot stone massage is not a good choice for you:
Breaks in the skin
Illness or infection
Therapeutic Medical Massage, is a customized massage therapy using any combination of Swedish massage, deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and positional release techniques to help improve muscular strength and mobility, to reduce pain/inflammation, improve nutrient rich blood flow to the muscles, and help reduce recovery time from injuries. Stretches may also be implemented into your session to achieve maximum results. Therapeutic Massage can be both stimulating and soothing depending on the techniques used, depth and speed. It's safe and effective and helps to create balance and harmony from within. Your session will be tailored especially for your specific goals and needs. Just a few sessions can make an enormous difference!
Sometimes it's easier to schedule a shorter block of time. Maybe you're experiencing pain in a specific area of the body. This 30 minute therapeutic massage is a great way to get relief quickly from what bothers you the most and perfect for those times when you have extra expenses but still need a massage. It can be a great way of working regular massages into your schedule. You can experience the benefits of consistent massage with a smaller financial commitment.
Oncology massage is a compassionate, specialized massage to help people manage their experience with cancer. It's a nurturing, individualized massage that helps comfort and support folks who are coping with the physical and emotional effects that cancer imposes upon them. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea.
Prenatal massage is similar to regular massage. However, prenatal massage is customized to the needs of the pregnant woman and her changing body and massage techniques are adjusted accordingly. Carrying a baby changes your center of gravity. It puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments and connective tissues creating instability in the pelvic joints. As your posture changes, the pelvis is pulled forward. Couple that with the extra weight being carried can create an aching back. Prenatal massage not only can help with back and joint pain, it improves circulation, reduces edema, headaches, stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Precautions for Prenatal Massage: Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
High risk pregnancy
Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
Previous pre-term labor
Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is an Eastern healing massage, blended with passive yoga stretches that will nourish tight, achy muscles as it soothes & relaxes. In this unique therapy, Karen guides you through a series of passive yoga stretches, while palming & thumbing along the body's energy lines & pressures points with precise application of hands-on techniques of rhythmic pressure, using patterns of strokes & trigger point therapy. The yoga stretches that are used will help your body release muscle tension, improve flexibility as well as muscle tone & will help to restore balance & energy within the physical body & mind. The rhythmic hands-on techniques release toxins as it nourishes the muscles, stimulating the flow of the body’s natural healing properties. Utilizing acupressure and Shiatsu techniques, it creates a powerful release of stress & tension, as it increases vitality and well-being, restoring the body’s natural balance and health.
This massage is most often done on a padded, floor mat. It can also be performed on a table, which is recommended for people who have difficulties getting on the floor. Typically oils aren’t used in for this work, however, a small amount of a light oil may be used for the hands, feet, face and neck if desired. Sessions can also be customized to target localized trouble spots.
Come to your appointment with an empty stomach and dressed in comfortable clothing that will allow ease of movement and flexibility.
Deep Tissue & Thai Stretches
Deep Tissue Massage reduces adhesions (muscle knots) and helps to improve posture and brings better blood flow to oxygen-deprived muscles, thereby reducing muscular pain. In this unique massage, Thai Massage Stretches are added to help your body release muscle tension, improve flexibility/mobility, and will help to restore proper alignment, balance and energy within the physical body & mind. The rhythmic hands-on techniques release toxins as it nourishes the muscles, & stimulates the flow of the body’s natural healing properties. These sessions are customized to target localized trouble spots.
When you come to your appointment, it's best to come with an empty stomach as the stretches can be a bit uncomfortable on a full belly.
What to wear: You will stay partially dressed for this massage. For women, a sports bra and gym/yoga shorts will be the best attire. For men, gym/yoga shorts are sufficient.
Thai Foot Reflexology
Thai Foot Reflexology stimulates the body into restoring itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and reestablishing natural balance. Thai Foot Reflexology was developed in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is based on the wisdom of the nature of the human body to seek homeostasis. Thai foot reflexology provides an enjoyable, relaxing, and rejuvenating experience. Unique massage techniques are used to open up and encourage the flow of energy channels in the body as pressure is applied to specific areas of the soles of the feet, toes and ankles. In turn, a reflex reaction occurs in another part of the body, which is stimulated by the manipulation of a specific part of the foot. Additionally, you session will include a relaxing massage to the lower legs, arms, hands, and fingers. Thai Foot Reflexology is ideal if you spend a lot of time on your feet, or have tired feet or legs at the end of the day. It provides a calming quality that allows you to deeply relax and unwind, resulting in a centered energy and wonderful feeling of wellbeing.
Some benefits of Thai Foot Reflexology:
~Improves circulation in feet & legs
~Reduces stiffness & improves flexibility
~Encourages physical healing
~Relieves stress from the body & mind
~Promotes better sleep
~Lifts your mood
~Enhances concentration & clarity of mind
~Provides a sense of tranquility, calmness, & well being
Certain health conditions (such as recent surgery, diabetes, cancer treatments that involve removal of the lymph nodes, infection, and trauma) can cause fluid to back up in the body. This specialized medical massage has a very light touch that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph fluid, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart so that it can be released from the body. This massage decongests the lymphatic pathways as it enhances the immune system as it removes bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and dead cells from the body, improves nutrition to the tissues, and increases tissue metabolism.
By performing lymphatic drainage massage correctly, with a very light touch, it stimulates the opening of the initial lymphatic and increases the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times. But if pushed too hard, it can collapse the lymph vessels, diminishing the lymph flow. Excessive pressure can even break the filaments that hold the initial lymphatic in place. This is one reason that deep styles of massage are contraindicated in areas of edema. However, if deep pressure has broken any filaments, they usually reform within 24 hours.
Contraindications: Major heart problems, cellulitis (bacterial skin infection), thrombosis, phlebitis, acute inflammation