Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions and is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness.
What is massage therapy?
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
Research has shown that regular therapeutic massage therapy:
- Increases circulation;
- enhances the immune system;
- promotes nervous system functioning;
- reduces blood pressure;
- relieves pain and muscle tension;
- improves mood, intellectual reasoning, and job performance;
- positive effect on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, and migraine headaches.
Depending on the techniques used, massage therapy can also:
- stimulate the nervous system to help reduce muscle atrophy;
- increase muscle tone;
- stimulate the functions of the skin or an organ deep inside the body;
- sedate the nervous system to help ease muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related symptoms and headaches;
- boost the functioning of the immune system and maintains health when done regularly;
- stimulate sluggish circulation or slow down the circulation of someone who has just run a marathon when using friction massage techniques;
- allow better range of motion and support the connective tissue and muscles in becoming strong and healthy when doing simple joint movements and joint stretching.
At Benevida Health and Wellness Center, Stacey Hall, LMT uses several modalities, including:
Deep tissue massage
Designed to target each layer of tissue separately for ultimate tension relief. She begins by using myofascial release techniques to target the fascia and work in to the top layer of muscle tissue to release adhesions, strip scar tissue, and activate origination and insertion site using trigger point therapy. She can then work deep in the muscles to elongate the muscle strands and create space between the muscle attachment sites. She may also find additional trigger points, fascial adhesions, and scar tissue here to strip out. You’ll leave feeling taller, looser, and generally more relaxed.
Combines many deep tissue techniques with the movement of myotherapy and ischemic pressure to help relieve symptoms of nerve compression, chronic pain, misalignment, and structural issues. While deep tissue pressure can be adjusted to suit your comfort level, neuromuscular therapy uses ischemic compression which is the long, steady application of heavy pressure to deprive the muscle of movement and force it in to a state of release. It’s an extremely effective therapy, but requires commitment from both therapist and client. Drink plenty of water before and after your session. You can expect to experience some soreness in the days following your session that gives way to a feeling of space and length throughout the body.
Swedish massage therapy
Not defined with pressure but with process. It can be delivered with whichever pressure meets your comfort level but the process is to work through the body with long smooth strokes, from origin to insertion point without necessarily engaging the muscles or utilizing trigger points. It’s the perfect way to relieve stress and feel rejuvenated.
Prenatal massage therapy
Can involve any of the therapies described above. The only difference in our prenatal therapy is how we position you and the types of benefits of prenatal massage therapy that you can expect. We’ll work with you to make sure we get you in to a comfortable position and then meet your needs with whichever combination of therapies suit your comfort level.
Through the use of these techniques, Stacey helps nurture, condition, and restore the body. Whether you are looking to enhance your physical performance, reduce pain and anxiety during pregnancy, manage chronic pain, or simply relax, Benevida Health and Wellness, servicing both Kyle and Buda, Texas will help you achieve your goals and function at your highest level.