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.
The AromaTouch Technique is a simple yet powerful way to provide every individual with an essential oil experience. Using 8 different DoTerra Essential oils, this massage is a 50 minute essential oil experience with light, relaxing strokes along the spine and back, as well as to the hands and feet. Each essential oil in the AromaTouch Technique was selected for its individual aromatic properties, and for their powerful aromatic properties when combined. The AromaTouch 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. The AromaTouch Technique is gentle and 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!
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.