Why Do We Need Massages?
Does tension, knots, and lower back pain sound familiar? The stress accumulated in everyday life can ultimately result in anxiety, headaches, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, insomnia, muscle pain, nerve pain and many other symptoms that will have an effect to your overall health. But don't worry, we're here to help! Beyond relaxation and stress relief, massaging can optimize your health and well-being through the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Through massage, physical functions of the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, joints, and the circulatory system can be developed, maintained and improved while reducing any pain and discomfort. Learn about the types of massages below and book your appointment today.
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Swedish massage is the most widely known massage practice. It is a relaxation treatment involving the stroking of the soft tissue using various pressure to release stress, improve circulation, and ease pain.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points are sore and painful spots in the muscles, which become sensitive when pressure is applied and produce pain in other areas of the body. Trigger point massage helps work out those knots and reduce the pain associated with them.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a stronger treatment that focuses on the deeper layers of the connective and muscle tissues. Compared to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage more effectively deals with chronic pain, injuries, damaged tissue and knots.
Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues which are the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles.
Prenatal massage stimulates the soft tissues to reduce fluid while keeping both the mother and the baby safe and relaxed. This form of massage eases tension, removes muscle waste, and alleviates the aches and pain caused by the pregnancy. Better blood circulation can also increases the oxygen and nutrient levels of the baby.
Sports massage releases tension in muscles and removes waste products to support the body during high-intensity activity and encourage better performance.
Beyond comfort, the heat from hot stones can be used to relieve muscle tension, promote better sleep quality, boost the immume system the symptoms of autoimmune diseases
Cupping utilizes suction cups to stimulate your skin and muscles to increase blood circulation, help relieve muscle tension, promote cell repair, and aid in other regeneration.
Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently and gradually manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels, reliving swelling caused by a blocked lymphatic system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Do I Need a Massage?
The frequency of your massage schedule varies based on your purpose and the need of your body. If you are having massages for stress relief, 4-6 weeks is usually enough. However, it mainly depends on the usage of your body, it is generally recommended for people to have a massage regularly every 1-3 weeks, especially for those with pain or strains, athletes, blue-collar workers, or those exposed to ergonomic hazards. It is helpful for pregnant women to have regular massages, especially near the end of their pregnancy, to reduce anxiety, muscle aches and joint pains and improve labour outcomes. To help our clients access regular massage more cost-efficiently, Better Health & Wellness has a membership system which allows members to commit to regular treatments at a preferred rate.
How Should I Reimburse My Expenses From My Insurance Company?
When booking your appointment, please ensure that your treatment is covered by your health insurance provider, or look through your benefit booklet, which should list which services are covered and at what percentage. Ensure your healthcare provider is a practitioner or therapist registered with an affiliated association or college to provide coverage for your professional treatment. Obtain a receipt after your treatment with all of the required information and file a claim to your health insurance company.
Should I Sleep Through My Massage?
Sleeping through a massage is a very natural and healthy reaction. Massages elicits the parasympathetic nervous system response and create a return to rest and digest. Additionally, massage can lower stress hormones while increasing dopamine and endorphin levels that help improve mood and decrease pain. In other words, if massage makes you sleepy, it's because the body is literally resting and revitalizing itself.