- Can massage actually relieve depression and anxiety?
Yes, and here is why. Cortisol is the hormone your body needs for a fight- or- flight response, but when stressful events don't require you to flightier flee, it can build up in your system and create problems.
Studies shown that massage lowers cortisol level as much 50% while also increasing levels of dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.
There are the natural chemicals your body produces to stabilize your mood and lower stress. Regular massage therapy makes it easier to slip into more relaxed state, which helps you breathe easier and sleep better. So massage is a beneficial for your mental health as it is for your physical condition.
- Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said. There is a " feels hurt" and an " ouch, stop it" hurt. A good massage , even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the " feels good" hurt range. Pain can be an indication that the muscles is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also , pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
- How often should I get a massage?
"Some is better than none".
What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person . If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation , then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30- minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when massage therapist has a better hands- on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
- If I want a really deep massage shouldn't I see a male therapist?
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds for women.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapist prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialized in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage , it is the best to simply to ask the therapist if the person provide this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly ok to give the massage therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/ deeper pressure. It's your session!
And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.
- When should I not get a massage?
There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/ flu, or contagious skin infection.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist need to adapt the technique ( i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis ) or avoid an area completely ( i. e. cuts or burns). With some condition it is a good idea to get approval from your physician before you receive massage( cancer, certain heart condition , pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But it's always to err on the side of caution.
Your massage therapist can advise you about your specific needs.
DETOX BODY WRAP
- How does the Detox Body Wrap work?
An increase in circulation and lymphatic flow stimulate body cleansing and provide a loss of inches and cellulite through this pampering Body Contour Wrap.
- What is cellulite?
Cellulite is described as a condition of uneven deposits of fat, water, and wastes trapped in the connective tissues of the body. The biggest contributor to a cellulite condition is poor blood circulation. Toxic accumulation and fluid retention are major contributing factors in its formation.
- Facials are just a pampering luxury?
EVERYBODY should have a facial at least once a quarter. Deep cleansing, exfoliating and balancing the skin's pH are essential for healthy skin, correcting and preventing problems and premature aging.
- What are the benefits of facials?
When received regularly, facial can result in noticeable improvements to skin tone, texture and appearance. A facial can also restore the skin's normal balance of oil and pH. Additional results may include: heightened kin softness and pliancy, increased circulation of blood to the face and an overall soothing of the spirit. An added bonus, mostly people find receiving facial to be exceptionally relaxing and enjoyable.