The Art of Massaging
Are you aware that getting a regular massage can keep your body functioning at its optimal levels both physically and emotionally? We are social creatures and according to the five love languages, physical touch is very important to some people. It’s no wonder that massage therapy has existed for thousands of years and has more than 80 different variations of massages. Let’s examine the benefits massage can provide, the types of massage therapy we offer, our excellent team members who specialize in massaging and options to get the most massage value out of your hard-earned dollar.
The benefits, as we mentioned, are both physical and emotional, have you ever noticed that a day or two after an intense workout the targeted muscles ache? With massage, you can expect the opposite, within the days following your therapy your range of motion can increase up to 60%. When your muscles receive a massage after an intense workout you can also mitigate the aches and pains. A massage will reduce damaged fibers and reduce the white blood cell count, this means that the body doesn’t have to work to repair the damage done by the workout. Massaged muscles also relax which reduces their swelling, in fact, when receiving a massage your muscles weigh 8% less than muscles that are rested and relaxed. Relaxation is just the tip of the iceberg, emotional wellness is promoted through massage therapy. The increase of blood flow means your mind can concentrate more easily on the things that matter and less on trivial unimportant things. Your energy is renewed following a massage and the connection between your mind and body, not to mention that physical connection with another is crucial to a balanced sense of well-being. In addition to the relief of everyday stresses, a good massage can lessen your depression and relieve anxiety. Depending on your goals we have several options for your massage therapy.
- Therapeutic Massage Therapy
The mobilization of soft tissue is how we define Therapeutic Massage Therapy, used to assist in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues and restore functional bio-mechanical systems of the body. There is a range of methods and depending on technique, speed and depth we can customize your treatment to be anywhere in the range from stimulating to soothing.
- Thai Yoga Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is very different than the conventional massage we think of. There is no clothing removed, no oils or lotions are used and typically the recipient of this massage is stretched, pulled, rocked and compressed. This style of massage is just as intimate as conventional types but is more interactive. The goal of a Thai Massage is to realign the body’s energy lines and pressure points using rhythmic and flowing movements as well as stretches.
- Rattan Massage
Also known as a Bamboo Massage, Rattan Massages use bamboo stalks to replace the masseuse’s hands. This method is excellent for deep tissue pressure but can be as light or as deep as the client requires. Rattan Massages can incorporate Thai full body massage practices and lymph drainage techniques and have techniques that involve the tapping of the bamboo during the massage to get the blood flowing and increase circulation to the muscles. The bamboo can also be warmed up similar to hot stone massages. The techniques employed in a Rattan Massage allow the bamboo to stretch the fascia and loosen adhesions.
A general rule of thumb is that clinics offer Therapeutic massages and spas offer relaxation massages, and at Bare Envy, we are client focused and offer whichever our client requires. Relaxation tends to be lighter in touch than a Therapeutic Massage and the focus is to ease mental tension and superficial aches. A relaxation massage is a great way to pamper yourself and while still relieving muscular tensions and improving circulation and range of movement.
The practice of Cupping Therapy loosens muscles, encourages blood flow and sedates the nervous system. When done properly it can relieve back pain, neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, migraines, reduce inflammation and even reduce cellulite and break up scar tissue.
If you aren’t sure what the best method is for you don’t stress, we don’t want you to develop anymore tension than you already have! We have an amazing team of certified and knowledgeable individuals who are here for whatever you require and are here to make educated suggestions and recommendations.
Erin Nelson, RMT & RDH
Anna Hilt, RMT
Jericho Eliese, RDH
When booking with Bare Envy there are some things to bare in mind to receive the best possible treatment. Don’t eat right before a massage, you don’t want to stimulate digestion, however, don’t skip eating, try to eat a light meal approximately two hours before your appointment to get the most out of your massage. Drink lots of water before your appointment, this increases circulation allowing your muscles and possible knots. Feel free to drink coffee before, however doing so after might reduce your bodies relaxation. Any gym visits and workouts should be timed prior to your massage followed by a shower, warm showers help pre-loosen up the muscles and begin the relaxation process. Also skip any perfume or after shave, we deal with bodies and the smell of a natural and clean body beats one coated in chemicals, plus your massage therapist may have scent sensitivities.
Looking forward to your next massage appointment? Well, there’s no point in waiting, treat yourself and try one of our many massages. Ask us about our new Massage Club monthly pricing.