Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
“The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Civilizations in the East and West found that natural healing and massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. What’s more, it helped reduce stress and produce deep relaxation. Massage therapy began as a sacred system of natural healing. Today, massage therapy stands as a highly respected holistic healing method practiced across the world and has evolved into the relaxing and therapeutic practice it is today.”
The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears.
Sometimes the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ following illness or injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology utilizes the application of specific pressure by the practitioner’s hands, thumbs, and fingers to reflex points in the client’s hands, feet, or ears. Techniques include using alternating pressure, thumb and finger walking, hooking in and up, rotation on a reflex, and often repeating specific reflex stimulation throughout the session.
The use of the precision pressure movements allows the whole body to relax and de-stress, restoring and maintaining the body’s natural equilibrium and encouraging healing.
Like most complementary therapies, reflexology is believed to have its roots in the ancient civilizations: Egypt, China, Africa and the native Indian tribes of America.
Tara Marie, LMT offers a safe and nurturing environment for your personal healing journey. Every individual deserves natural healing on the physical, emotional and mental levels and Tara helps to facilitate this healing through her 10+ years of experience as a therapist and healer.
Each massage is customized based on the client’s individual preferences and needs which are discussed during a thorough consultation at the beginning of every session. Additional services can be added or recommended to improve the overall experience and benefits. Tara utilizes many techniques and modalities to ensure each session rejuvenates and promotes healing.
Prenatal massage helps to facilitate support for the expecting mother with ongoing changes experienced during pregnancy. Prenatal massage can alleviate muscle tightness, reduce cramping, improve circulation and provide stress relief. Massage is highly recommended for all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
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Slow, and broad movements, and stretching techniques are used to access and affect the deeper muscle groups and connective tissues. This can be requested for one or all areas of the body.
Aromatherapy works with the olfactory nerve affecting the brain’s response to the body. This is a subtle but very effective way to redirect stress, produce a desired mood or simply improve the massage experience. Essential Oils are blended into the lotion or creme allowing absorption into the skin serving as another means for effectiveness.
Bell shaped cups are placed on areas with trigger points or particularly tight muscles. The air is vacuumed out of the cups causing the tissue to swell and release stagnation and increase circulation within the fascia. This is particularly effective along the spine, shoulders, lower back and hips. After a treatment marks varying in color are visible and generally fade 5-7 days following the treatment.
Integrated Energy Work
Reiki is a form of energy work that is divinely directed to areas in need of healing. Reiki also helps to clear and balance Chakras (energy centers within the body). Expect to feel emotional and mental healing from this energy work as well.
Pressure is applied to specific points and areas on the feet, hands and ears. These areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and have a beneficial effect on the organs and general health. Essential Oils and gemstone points help aid the session.
This therapy combines aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, and the application of essential oils on various areas of the body bringing structural and electrical alignment. Raindrop technique can bring balance and harmony to the body-physically, mentally and emotionally.
Pressure is applied to specific points and areas on the feet, hands and ears. These areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and have a beneficial effect on the organs and general health. Essential Oils and gemstone points help aid the session for a more complete treatment.