So now you know that massages are more than a guilty pleasure, what kind of massage is best for you? Here’s a simple guide to help you choose.
This kind of massage is perfect for total body relaxation. It utilizes long, smooth, fluid strokes to improve circulation, soothe muscles, and calm both body and mind. If you are new to the world of massage, we recommend you begin with Swedish Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage:
A more intense and therapeutic treatment, Deep Tissue Massage utilizes a noticeably stronger pressure to work deep into muscles and connective tissue, releasing toxins and working out knots. Targeting specific muscle groups, it stimulates the body’s own natural healing process. It can help improve posture, lessen the pain associated with chronic inflammation and loosen scar tissue from injuries.
Warm Earth Stone Massage:
An ancient form of healing, this type of massage incorporates heated, smooth stones coated in rich oils to help penetrate heat deep into the muscles to melt away tension. Accompanied by long, smooth and fluid massage strokes this deep heat induces a profound sense of relaxation.
If you are 16 weeks or more into a pregnancy, this is the kind of massage we recommend. Soft pillows support and cushion the body and only products that are safe for both mother and baby are used. It incorporates a light to medium touch to reduce the tension that causes cramps and spasms while increasing circulation and reducing swelling associated with pregnancy.
Massage Therapy at Elements in Santa Rosa & Healdsburg
A massage is an invitation to take a break from your busy schedule, disconnect from the world around us, and truly relax. If you’re ready to reap the benefits of massage therapy, explore our wide variety of spa massage services here.
If you’ve ever had a massage, you already understand how relaxing this bit of pampering can be. What you might not know is that there are the many true health benefits to be gained from massage. Medical research has verified that massage is directly associated with the following benefits:
Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Better immune function
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreased cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
- Improved concentration
- Better sleep quality
- Prevention of injury and decreased recovery time
- Improved posture and flexibility
Some of these benefits can be noted from a single treatment, so imagine what adding regular massages to your health regimen might accomplish.