Varieties of massage and massage therapy range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. According to Wikipedia, particular massage techniques may either stimulate or calm the body’s muscles and tissues to create a desired effect. When a practitioner massages soft tissue, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals, in combination with the healing properties of touch, help heal damaged muscle, stimulate circulation, clear waste products via the lymphatic system, boost the activity of the immune system, reduce pain and tension, and induce a calming effect. Massage may also enhance well-being by stimulating the release of endorphins (natural painkillers and mood elevators) and reducing levels of certain stress hormones.

Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.

Chelsea uses her skills and training to provide the following types of Massage to our practice members.

Swedish:
Using long smooth strokes, the Massage Therapist makes kneading and circular movements on superficial layers of muscles using lotion or oil. This is a great massage to try if you have never had one.
Deep Tissue:
Targets deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The Massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques and is used for chronically tight pain in muscles, repetitive strains, postural problems, and recovery from injury.
Body Insight Method:
A neuromuscular technique that was designed by Gary Salinger at Healing Arts Institute. This massage therapy technique is incorporated by having the client take a deep breath, establishing a comfortable pressure and having the client do a restricted movement while the massage therapist works in that area. This technique is used as a corrective bodywork that helps muscles become unglued, decreasing tension and pain, bringing more efficient movement, and helping the body find balance. This technique is often followed by re-educating the muscles so they do not fall back into their normal patterns.

Benefits of Massage therapy:

  • Helps detoxify
  • Improves flexibility
  • Enhances relaxation
  • Helps relieve migraines
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Improves elasticity of the skin
  • Supports the immune system
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Promotes well-being and body awareness
  • Decreases muscular tightness and restrictions