With so many different types of massage available, it can be confusing and overwhelming deciding on which type of massage to “order”. Much like looking at a menu from a restaurant you have never been to before, “ordering” a massage can be difficult. Our staff at Simple Wellness Massage is trained in a variety of massage techniques, but the easiest way to start your massage experience is to just decide on how many minutes you would like and let our massage therapists help guide you from there.
For those who are just starting out with massage we recommend using our online scheduling system for 60 minutes of Therapeutic Massage. If you have questions about the length of time feel free to contact us, we would love to help you.
If you would like to learn more about the types of massage our therapists offer we have a guide to help you learn more about what type of treatment might be right for you below. You may be looking to help with stress relief, recovery from an injury, increase range, quality and ease of motion; helping your body recover from strenuous exercise or repetitive motion injuries. Maybe you need help managing low back pain or chronic headaches. Learn more about each of the massage types below.
Swedish massage is the most common and most well known type of massage especially in the United States and Western Cultures . If it’s your first time with massage or you don’t get massage often, Swedish massage is a great place to start. Swedish massage is the foundation for all other types of massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and myofascial massage. It is typically recommended to schedule a 60 minute session or longer for your first visit in order for the therapist to have enough to address and assess the tissues in the whole body. After your initial visit, your therapist will discuss how often you should schedule your massage factoring in your specific needs and goals for massage. If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure to get relief from chronic muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage. If you have discomfort or pain, it will likely take a series of massages to achieve best results.
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with essential oils added to the massage lotion. Aromatherapy essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants – the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin. The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:
- calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
- uplifting – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
- energizing – rosemary
- cleansing – rosemary
- decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
Why aromatherapy massage? Essential oils can penetrate the body through the skin, and have multiple benefits beyond a nice smell. They affect your mood, alleviate pain, help the body detoxify, and a variety of other effects, depending on the essential oil. You can choose something that is relaxing, balancing, or invigorating, based on how you want to feel when the massage is finished. Your therapist will help guide you when choosing the right aroma for you. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions.
- Stress and stress-related conditions such as insomnia
- Digestive disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Back pain
Chair massage is sometimes referred to as Seated massage or Corporate Massage. Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short, 10 or 15 minutes, and focuses on the back, shoulders, neck and arms. Chair massage is performed over clothes and doesn’t require any massage oil. For chair massage, you are seated in a special chair with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor, with supports for your arms. Your back and neck completely relax while the therapist relieves muscle tension using Swedish massage moves like kneading and compression and tapotement. Massage is not just a luxury but a medically beneficial way to deal with the everyday aches, pains and stresses of our fast paced society. Stress is one of the major contributing factors lowering our immune system leaving us susceptible to disease. Massage can be a very beneficial way to help cope with the mental and physical stress we encounter everyday. Chair massage is a great way to bring the massage office to you. A portable ergonomically designed massage chair allows the benefits to be enjoyed virtually anywhere. Chair Massage is a great addition to a benefits package for employees that employers can offer.
- Benefits of Chair Massage for the Employer
- Increases morale
- Reduces stress
- Makes employees feel valued
- Creates an atmosphere of trust and loyalty
- Reduces sick time and absenteeism
- Reduces the high cost of employee turnover
- Helps attract top talent to the company
- Increases accuracy and creative thinking
- Decreases workplace injuries
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
- Reduces Low Back Pain
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps relieve mental stress
- Calms the nervous system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Loosens tight muscles
- Lowers heart rate
- Relieves fatigue
Studies have shown that office workers who received massage regularly were more alert, were able to think and work more effective and efficiently and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged. Research also indicates that employees felt a decrease in job stress, increased alertness and increased speed & accuracy on math computations. (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8884390) Regular massage programs are a great way for companies to promote health and wellness, increase company morale and boost productivity. Massage is a great way to keep people happy thus decreasing absenteeism and increasing employee retention. Chair Massage programs can be altered to fit any company need from short five minute massages to accommodate a large quantity of people in a small amount of time or longer sessions to allow the benefits to sink in. If you are unsure what is the best route to take please feel free to contact our Corporate Wellness Manager, Tonia with any questions or to get set-up with a corporate wellness massage program.
Would you like to join that special someone for a massage experience together? We offer side by side table massage in the same room together with two massage therapists. Join that special someone for a massage together. Don’t forget this is a great way to introduce someone who has not been introduced to the amazing world of massage. Help that person experience massage by being present with them in the massage room. This service is available by calling us at 402-780-1707 and not available through our online schedule. Contact us today to set up your appointment.
In simple terms, deep tissue massage is a type of massage intended to affect the deeper layers of muscle. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure is typically more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or “knots” (also known as “adhesions.”)
Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt? Deep tissue massage should not hurt, but it’s likely to be a bit more intense and “sensation-full” than a classic Swedish massage. Your massage therapist should explain how much sensation of pressure you should experience in your body and your therapist will be more vocal about checking in with how the pressure feels. Always feel free to speak up if the sensation is more than your body is willing to accept. If the pressure is more than your body is willing to invite, you might unconsciously tense up, guarding your body from experiencing the benefits, this makes it harder for your body to achieve the most effective results. You are always better off with less pressure — only as much pressure as you can invite while still being relaxed. It takes time and experience to know exactly where that point is. It is often easier to know exactly where that is if you are working with a massage therapist on an ongoing basis. You get to know what to expect from the therapist, and they get to know your body. You also build up trust so that it is easier to give feedback. Therapists use different techniques, including applying pressure with their elbow for example. Some techniques might be more uncomfortable than others,you should always feel free to speak up if there is a particular technique you body does not prefer.
There is a possibility of some soreness after your deep tissue massage. Your body will need a little time to recover from some of the more intense bodywork. The soreness should pass within 24 – 48 hours. If you notice any lasting discomfort it is best to discuss it with your massage therapist so you can plan on altering the pressure for your next session. In the meantime using some ice on the sore areas will help. The soreness is usually the most prominent after your first deep tissue massage or if you have not received bodywork in a while. It is also important to let your massage therapist know if you are taking any pain medications, to include aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These drugs can alter your perception of sensation and could result in your therapist using too much pressure during the treatment.
How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage? It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want to get rid of all the tension they’ve build up in their body over many decades, in just one session. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage. Remember that the effects of massage on the human body are cumulative and increase exponentially with frequency. Receiving Massage treatments on a regular basis increases range, ease and quality of motion, hydration of muscle tissue and fascia as well as overall parasympathetic tone. Working with tissues continually within a short period of time creates less chance that habitual distortion patterns will set in between sessions. Feel free to discuss how frequent your appointments should be made with you Simple Wellness Massage Therapist.
Myofascial Massage works with the connective tissue in the body called fascia. Fascia is a network of tissue that holds our body together. This tissue can cause restrictions in movement and alterations in our posture, which can ultimately cause pain. Myofascial Massage aims to loosen any restrictions or adhesions in this tissue to help with better range, quality and ease of motion in our bodies.
Fascia is a substance found throughout the body. Most of us have heard the term “plantar fasciitis” at one point or another, but many don’t really know what fascia is. Here is a more official definition taken from the International Fascia Research Congress… “Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body. It forms a whole-body continuous three-dimensional matrix of structural support. Fascia interpenetrates and surrounds all organs, muscles, bones and nerve fibers, creating a unique environment for body systems functioning.” – Fasciacongress.org
Here is a simplified definition of fascia taken from JingMassage.com – “The easiest way of understanding fascia is with the idea that if we had a magical substance that could dissolve everything in the body EXCEPT fascia, we would be left with a complete 3D representation of the body. Once you have this perspective of a tough silken fascia “body suit” that permeates every structure in the body you can start to appreciate the relevance of fascia to massage. Because fascia is an interconnected system, then strain or tension in one part of the system can cause pain, lack of mobility or other dysfunction elsewhere.”
Myofascial Massage involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body usually in conjunction with movement. So when receiving Myofascial work you will be participating in the work so you will be working with the practitioner. The work involves more of a drag or stretch sensation across the tissues rather than a glide over the skin as in traditional Swedish massage. After your treatment you should feel more “loose” and have a sensation of better range, ease and quality of motion. As always be sure to talk with your massage therapist about your goals for massage and what approaches might be best for your particular situation.
Smooth stones are heated and then oil is used to help them glide, the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of massage stones induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering.