What is Massage??
Massage is act of pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
- Hot stone massage. This massage uses smooth, flat, heated stones that are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.
How often do you get massages? Did you know that there are a ton of health benefits to receiving regular massages??
Don't think of massage as a one-time treat, an indulgence, or a reward for a tough week. Regular massage truly elevates your everyday life, smoothing out the rough spots, helping you be your best, and making it easier to deal with life's curve balls.
Studies have shown that massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Massage Heights in Fairview Park Ohio. I received a 60 minute hot stone massage and it was heaven! Their hot stone massages are usually 90 minutes but I had to get back to the kids #momlife lol! At least I had 60 minutes to myself!!
When I walked in I was greeted by very friendly staff members and the lobby was both beautiful and relaxing. I was asked to fill out a medical history form while I waited for my massage therapist. The lobby had several shelves of awesome products, I took a few pictures for you to see. They have their own proprietary brand of aromatherapy products which is really cool!
Those of you who know me know that I am big on living a natural, organic lifestyle and I LOVE companies that focus on being Green! To learn more about natural living visit HEALTHY HUSTLERS
Massage Heights Green Initiative
At Massage Heights, caring about the environment comes naturally to us. So we are always looking for ways to improve our use of resources in our Retreats. It’s beneficial for our Massage Therapists, our Members and the Earth. Our Green Initiatives include:
Biodegradable lotions and massage oils
Smoke-free work environment
Rechargeable battery-operated faux candles *
Paper recycling *
Plastic recycling *
Earth-friendly retail products
Recyclable plastic retail packaging
Non-toxic cleaning supplies *
VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compound free) paint finishes
*Varies by Retreat
As I was given a tour of their facility I was really excited to see they had couples massage areas, what a great relaxing date for you and your spouse! I had no clue that there are actual benefits to your relationship from couples massages!
Some benefits of couples massages include:
- Helps you and your partner reconnect
- Increases feeling of affection
- It may make you want to get it on (seriously that is listed as a benefit! See the full article HERE)
- Encourages bonding
After the tour my massage therapist showed me to my room. I was asked to choose an aromatherapy product (remember that proprietary line I talked about?
I chose the Revive Aromatherapy: Their all-natural proprietary Revive blend is designed to help balance your energy to feel alive and refreshed. Excellent for combating physical and mental fatigue, exhaustion, and sluggishness. Let it revive your senses with freshly harvested organic seaweed and pure essential oils for the perfect fusion of body and mind therapy. The intoxicating blends of lemongrass, sweet basil and lavender will help Revive your skin and balance your energy.
If you fall in love with the blend you choose for your massage you can purchase it to take home with you! Heights at Home Product line: use organic emollients, no harsh detergents, no synthetic colors, fragrances or preservatives. Cold-pressed oils. No parabens or chemical additives. All ingredients are derived from plants.
After I chose my blend my massage therapist left so I could undress and get on the table. She turned on a table warmer so it was all warm and cozy for me. She came back in the room and asked me to take 3 deep breaths as she used the Revive blend for me to breath in. It was heaven. I chose to have a hot stone, deep tissue massage. I could have laid there for hours if I didn't have to get home to the kiddos!
Hot Stone Therapy
Relax and melt away tension with a Hot Stone Massage Therapy elevation.
Relieve sore muscles and intensify the restorative properties of your massage with a Hot Stone elevation. The heat from our hot stones helps release tension by relaxing the muscles, making your massage even more effective. Heat also helps expand the blood vessels so that blood can circulate through the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins and help it mend. Add an elevation to any 60-120 minute massage experience.
My massage therapist Cynthia was amazing! I definitely recommend her! After my massage ended she left so I could dress then came back with water. It's very important to hydrate after you receive a massage.
Drinking water after massage is recommended. One reason is that water will help the kidneys and other organs process the various substances which move through the body on a regular basis and after a massage treatment, a lot of toxins have been released, so you need to flush them out. Read more about this HERE.
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