Massage in Lexington
Are you looking for massage in Lexington, KY? There are many benefits to massage therapy, and many different forms of massage. Our team at Eagle Creek Massage wrote this article to help you better understand the services we have to offer. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions that you have.
Types of Massage Offered
The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Hot Stone Massage
Designed to improve circulation, increase metabolism and help with muscle tension, hot stone massage therapy is a specialty massage that involves using smooth, heated stones. These stones are placed on specific areas of the body while the massage therapist works on deep muscles of the body. The stones are important because the warmth they project opens the blood vessels thus increase blood flow.
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.
Hand and Foot Massage
Taking care of your feet, ankles and hands is very important. A hand and foot massage combines the therapeutic benefits of Swedish massage and sports massage to deeply alleviate discomfort and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, foot injuries, ankle injuries, wrist pain, and carpal tunnel, as well as the wear and tear of everyday life. Your massage therapist will work on the feet, ankle, hands and wrists with a combination of deep muscle work as well as gentle, rubbing along the muscle. You can expect a relief in the extremity that can be caused by injury, arthritis, a long day and plantar fasciitis. A hand and foot massage also helps relax the entire body through decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
Pre-Natal / Pregnancy
Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
5 Things To Look For In A L.M.T.
- "Is the therapist licensed and insured?"
- "Is the therapist professional and knowledgable?"
- "Is the facility clean and relaxing?"
- "Does the therapist treat you with respect and kindness?"
- "Does the therapist make you feel comfortable and relaxed?"
Benefits to Massage Therapy
- Relieve Stress
- Promote Relaxation
- Improve Posture
- Improve Circulation
What Conditions Do Licensed Massage Therapists Help?
- Neck and Back Pain
- Headaches and Migranes
- Carpal Tunnel
- Numbness and Tingling
Our team at Eagle Creek Massage in Lexington is here to help you with all your massage therapy needs.
By Kristy Gallentine