What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is a general term for 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 Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports and Neuromuscular.
The BlueWave Center uses customized essential oils and heated Himalayan salt stones to provide a therapeutic massage with multiple benefits. Sessions are tailored to meet each client’s individual needs. If you are unsure what type of therapy is best suited to your health concerns, please contact us and we will connect you with right person to discuss it.
Benefits of massage:
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Anxiety, depression and stress
- Digestive disorders
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
Other benefits are:
- Reduced pain and stiffness
- A stronger immune system
- Increased lymph and blood circulation
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased flexibility
- Reduced inflammation and swelling
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Modalities to choose from:
Light to medium pressure, incorporating full body deep relaxation. Helping to promote circulation and lymph movement, while releasing stress-related conditions and chronic pain. Choose from:
Swedish massages are aimed at helping people simply feel good. It is a technique that decompress with nurturing and healing touches. Swedish is made of long, slow and fluid strokes with light to medium pressure to remove tension, induce relaxation and increase circulation and blood flow.
More than anything, they help people relax without putting too much pressure on the muscles. The end result is a person who is happier and more relaxed than when they came in.
- ½ hour - $40
- 1 hour - $80
- 1.5 hour - $120
Share this moment in time with a loved one. Side-by side massages in our couples room are perfect bonding time for partners or best friends. Your special connection is nurtured while sharing these sacred healing moments; TOGETHER.
1 hour - $170
1.5 hour - $250
Moderate to deep pressure, targeting specific areas of acute and/or chronic pain. Focusing on therapeutic results. This entails using various modalities/ techniques to help manage pain, decrease stressers within the muscles layers, promote flexibility, prevent further risk of injury. Provide balance to your bodies natural ability to heal.
Therapeutic massages tend to be deeper and more intense. They are perfect for relieving muscle tension or discomfort and improving range of motion. Therapeutic massage can help loose tense areas and break up knots. Choose from:
Massage technique that address ares of tension know as Trigger Points. The therapist use fingers, knuckles, and elbows to access deeper layers of tissue to break up muscles fibers that are knotty. The technique helps muscles with more oxygen and nutrients rich blood. The level of intensity can be adjusted to the client’s level of tolerance.
- ½ hour - $60
- 1 hour - $100
- 1.5 hour - $140
Modality that helps with muscle systems used for a particular sport. It uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training- before, during, or after sports events. It is used to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. It also can help with muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.
- ½ hour - $50
- 1 hour - $90
- 1.5 hour - $130
Modality that uses warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.
- ½ hour - $40
- 1 hour - $80
- 1.5 hour - $120
Modality that uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. It it know to promote health and well-being.
- 45 minutes - $45
As a complementary to any of our massages, enjoy some Aromatherapy:
Considered a form of alternative medicine, it is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. When added to massages oil or in a diffuser, the inhaled aroma from these natural oils is believed to stimulate brain function. When applied to the skin, the oils travels through the bloodstream and can promote pain relief and healing. It is also used for mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
What you can expect during a massage
You don't need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, the therapist will ask you about any symptoms, medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress at your comfort level or wear loose-fitting clothing. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
Depending on preference, the therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Please indicate if you are allergic to any ingredients.
A massage session may last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
Risks of massage
Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have unexplained pain.