Purpose of Massage Therapy
The benefit of a therapeutic massage comes from the purpose of the massage. It can rid your body of life’s every day stresses, reduce muscle pain, help alleviate the discomfort of certain ailments or just help restore balance to your body and mind, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and helping you maintain a life of wellness and good health.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Massage therapy in addition to yoga is a wonderful way to reduce stress and achieve a healthier & more mindful lifestyle. Anxiety and stress are often manifested in the body through constricted breathing. Massage can play an important role in reliving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.
- Massage therapy encourages relaxation – much like savasana at the end of yoga class. The body will enter a relaxing rest and recovery mode, which is an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.
- Paired with a yoga practice, massage helps reinforce healthy & natural movements which can help you get your posture back on track in a relaxing way.
- The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting in improved body function and improved circulation of prana.
- As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage and yoga both help keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.
- Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”.
- Massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.
- Rehabilitation can be frustrating. A continual massage program can accelerate the recovery process, as well as help you relax and stay motivated.
At SSYS, we offer several types of Massage Therapy Services! We do our massage booking online and you can view the schedule by clicking here.
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Massage Therapy Services
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Hot stone massage provides a relaxing therapeutic treatment with the use of heated basalt stones and various massage techniques. Warm stones are places on the torso to warm the body as the massage is performed. Combinations of techniques are used to personalize each session depending on the client’s needs and preferences. Long guiding strokes help to provide a more soothing feel and more focused detailed work is done to relieve tension and adhesions in all levels of muscle tissue. The warmth from the stones will help to reduce tension in tendons, ligaments, and facia throughout the body. The different weight of each stone and the smooth surfaces create an enjoyable soothing sensation to create a unique massage experience.
How does it differ from other types of massage?
- The use of the hot stones makes this style unique
- Typically made of basalt, the iron-rich stones retain heat. River rocks are typically used because they have become smooth over time from the river’s current.
- To prepare for the treatment, the therapist heats the stones in water using an electric heater until they are within a precise temperature range (typically between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit). He or she places the stones on specific points on the back. While the points may vary depending on areas of muscle tension and the client’s health history, they are generally placed along both sides of the spine, in the palms of the hands, on the legs or between the toes.
- The localized heat warms and relaxes the muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure.
- While many therapists use anatomy to guide the placement of the stones, some massage therapists will also place stones on points thought to energetically balance the mind and body.
Focused Wellness Massage
Sometimes we need to deal with a specific issue through shorter, more frequent appointments. The shorter sessions with more frequency (2-3 times per week) allow the body time to heal in between appointments as the Massage Therapist targets your specific needs. The number of sessions is determined through a consultation with the Massage Therapist and re-evaluated after the completion of 4 sessions. These Focused Wellness are sold in packs of four for $100 ($25 each session).
- $75/60 minutes
- $105/90 minutes
- $135/120 minutes
- Hot Stone Massage price $150 (only available for 90 minutes)
- Focused Wellness 30 Minute Massage $100 for 4
- Aromatherapy add on to any massage service $10
- Sugar Foot Scrub add on to any massage service $10
4 – 60 minute massages for $260*
4 – 90 minute massages for $360*
4 – 120 minute massages for $480*
*All packages expire 180 days from date of purchase, no extensions. Prices do not include tip & are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be shared between clients. 48 hour notice needed for cancellation or fees are forfeited. All massage services fees must be prepaid at time of booking.
It is customary to provide gratuity to your therapist, aesthetician, or technician of 15-20% if you are happy with the services provided. Gratuities are preferred in cash.
Meet Our Massage Therapist
Orlando C. Parson
Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist (CMT)
Orlando earned his Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Massage Therapy, Body Work and Chinese Medicine in 2010 at the Heritage Institute in Manassas, Virginia. His specialty is helping clients improve flexibility and relieving their pain through the use of stretching, sports massage, trigger point therapy and deep tissue manipulations. He uses a variety of techniques to include light Swedish Massage for deep relaxation to direct, deep tissue and corrective body work. Orlando understands the connection between body, mind and spirit which has made him an ideal addition to our Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio team since 2011.
Orlando seeks to improve his clients’ overall quality of life in allowing them to maximize their efforts to live well by incorporating massage and its benefits into their health and wellness plan. He does not consider massage a luxury, but rather a preventative and assistive wellness tool with many natural healing benefits.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lizzie has been a LMT since 2014, graduating from the Northern Virginia Community College (NoVA) Massage Therapy Program. NoVA’s program has been approved by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Lizzie has a therapeutic mindset and her approach to massage is a fusion of Eastern and Western modalities. She has strong knowledge of anatomy and is proficient in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Medical Massage. Fascinated by Chinese Medicine, she is pursuing further training in Tui Na, a form of Chinese Manipulation Therapy that means “to push and to lift and squeeze.” Tui Na may include brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing and rubbing the areas between each of the joints and techniques may be gentle or quite firm. A combination of stimulation of acupressure points while using range of motion and traction may also be used.
Lizzie finds that good communication with her clients is key to successfully reaching a common goal for their time on the table She prefers a holistic approach to her work by encouraging clients to work with their own body’s natural healing system to include drinking herbal teas to promote good health and well-being. She uses products that are 100% organic from seed to bottle, free of preservatives. Pure essential oils may be added to enhance her client’s massage treatment only after determining if there are any allergies or sensitivities to scent.