Table of Contents
- Misconceptions about Massage
- What is a massage?
- Massage therapy etiquette
- 13 benefits of massage therapy
- Our massage therapy specialization
- Closing remarks
Misconceptions about Massage
The physiological and therapeutic effects of massage therapy are frequently questioned owing to the common misconception that a massage is purely a form of pampering and the rise of “massages with a happy ending”.
There are data available from research supporting the therapeutic effectiveness (Field, 2002), general physiological and perceptual outcomes of massage therapy. Hence, doctors are increasingly recommending and sending their patients to massage therapists for rehabilitation and the overall well-being of the patient.
From a consumer survey conducted in 2003, respondents who had a massage within the previous 5 years,
25% did so for soreness, pain management, or injury-related reasons, and 22% for relaxation or stress relief (2003 Massage therapy consumer survey fact sheet, 2003).
What is a massage?
Massage is a generic term that encompasses a wide range of touch therapies including Swedish massage, Thai massage, deep tissue massage, corporate massage, sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage, oncology massage, infant massage, ayurvedic massage, etc. Essentially, a massage is the application of manual pressure and the movement of soft tissue, with rhythmical pressure and stroking to obtain or maintain health.
Massage therapy etiquette
The client lies on a massage table and is unclothed except for a sheet. We also do the massage on the client’s normal bed on the condition that their mattress is firm enough and there is enough room for us to maneuver. The sheet is opened for massage and put back in place when treatment of that body part is concluded. To expose your muscles, it is best if you are completely naked, but if you’re uncomfortable without your underwear, we recommend keeping it on otherwise you won’t be able to relax.
13 benefits of massage therapy
There are two fundamental approaches to massage: wellness and medical (Fritz, 1995). Below, I list supporting data sources of 13 physical and psychological health benefits of massage therapy;
- Reduce soreness, stiffness, or muscle spasms
- Manage or relieve stress
- Assist in muscle injury rehabilitation and recovery when used as a complement to occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation for injuries.
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Makes you relaxed
- Increases joint mobility & flexibility; by loosening the muscles.
- Heightens mental alertness; by stimulating the left side of the brain resulting in more focus and heightened awareness.
- Reduces anxiety & depression; by decreasing cortisol, the stress hormone, and increasing more production of serotonin, the feel-good hormone.
- Improves blood circulation
- Treatment for chronic fatigue
- Migraine and headache relief; by reducing cortisol production and applying the right pressure to pain points such as the face, shoulder, and neck muscles.
- Improves skin tone; the improved blood circulation helps flush out toxins from the body, reduces blood pressure, and improves the functioning of the body. This nourishment to the skin brightens it and results in all-over natural glow.
- Helps improve sleep. Cortisol is responsible for sleeplessness, headaches and even some digestive problems. A massage lowers cortisol production by about 30% thus helping you have a good night’s sleep.
Our massage therapy specialization
We mainly offer Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and aromatherapy to specifically address the muscles and connective tissue. The massage can be for the whole body or on specific body parts eg neck, foot, shoulder, or back. We adapt our massage techniques to accommodate pregnant women to offer what is called prenatal massage.
Here are the details on what each massage entails, its price, and duration.
A basic massage session lasts 60 min, but could also be as short as 20 mins or as long as 90 mins. We use a wide variety of techniques including pressure, kneading, rubbing, and mobilization all administered using massage oil as a lubricant to the skin. To enhance the benefit of massage therapy, we offer a choice of essential oils include rosemary, jasmine, lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus.
On a totally different category from the other massages, we also offer reflexology which involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands. This is done using thumb, finger, and hand massage techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
Recently, we have started began offering corporate massage also known as the chair massage. The massage lasts 20 mins and focuses on back, shoulders and the neck, the muscles strained due to sitting. No oil is used and the client keeps all the clothes on.
We all get fatigued occasionally, and when unchecked, fatigue can get in the way of our lives. It can make it hard to follow routines and do simple tasks. A massage will help you relax and fight fatigue naturally, eliminating the need to use drugs or stimulants. Scheduling a massage is a way of recognizing your worth and your desire to live a healthy lifestyle.
Massage therapy comes with numerous physical, emotional, and psychological benefits that are positive steps in self-care. If self-care doesn’t make you happier and increase the quality of your life, what will?
Relaxation is a routine requirement and it isn’t practical to go to a spa every time you feel you need a massage. But the spa can come to you. Choose to live healthier by scheduling your massage here now. We will bring the spa to where you are within Nairobi or the outskirts.
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