Healing Elements Spa & Bodywork - *Relax your Mind*Nurture your Body*Free your Spirit*
What is Massage?

Massage Therapy is the systematic manual application
of pressure & movement to the soft tissue of the body-the skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia (the membrane surrounding muscles & muscle groups). It encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood & lymph, relieving tension, stimulating nerves, & stretching & loosening muscles and connective tissue to keep them elastic which improves the body's range of motion. It reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, enhances medical treatment and aides in recovery, relieves pinched nerves & increases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. (See the Benefits for an in depth description.)   Most of all Massage feels great!!
  
     What are the benefits and uses of Massage?
 
· Enhances General Health: Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health maintenance or wellness plan. It helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally.
Promotes well-nourished and healthy skin
 Improves circulation of blood and lymph
 Relaxes muscles and improves joint mobility
 Encourages general relaxation
 Improves immune system functioning
Improves energy flow
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Alleviates Problem Conditions: Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain common physical problems and help bring the body back to optimal functioning.
General muscular tension and aches
Tension headaches
Muscular back pain
Poor circulation
Stress and anxiety
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Support Your Fitness or Sports Program: Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve your performance goals with minimum injury or pain.
Relieve tired or sore muscles
Helps improve flexibility 
Relaxes tight muscles
Speeds recovery from strenuous physical exertion
Reduces the anxiety of athletic competition
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Combats the Negative Effects of Aging: Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.
Enhances tissue elasticity and joint flexibility
Improved blood and lymph circulation
Promotes healthy vibrant skin
Improves immune system functioning
Relieves muscle aches and stiffness
 
Special Cases: Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term situations which cause unique physical and mental challenges.
For mothers-to-be during pregnancy
For the disabled, especially those in wheelchairs and others with challenging orthopedic conditions
For the elderly
Chronic pathologies and syndromes
 
Before any massage treatment, avoid large meals and alcohol. 
On the day of your first appointment, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out a medical history form, give yourself time so you don't feel rushed.

Please express any concerns you have before, during, or after the treatment. We will discuss your concerns before the massage and decide together on an approach that will benefit you.

Some of your concerns may be:

Why do I have to tell you my medical history?
Massage affects your body in ways that go far beyond your skin and muscles. Massage affects your cardiovascular system and your immune system, and stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. It is important to determine that massage is safe and appropriate for you. A medical history can also help your therapist to be aware of any areas that need to be avoided, such as a recent injury site or skin condition.

Do I have to take all my clothes off and will I be exposed?
No. You will get unclothed to your comfort level. For some clients the comfort level may mean leaving the undergarments on. That is fine. Most people who receive massage regularly find it safe to undress completely, allowing the therapist to access the lower back and hip area. You will always be under a sheet and fully covered, the therapist will fold back the sheet to expose only the limb or area to be massaged.
 
Are there reasons why I should not get a massage?
Yes, there are some restrictions.
Uncontrolled diabetes or blood pressure
Recent accidents, surgery or fractures
A current infection
A fever
Any contagious disease(s)
Also, clients taking blood thinners should ask their physicians if it is
safe to get a massage.
Some other medical conditions may require the approval from your doctor.
 
Any additional questions please feel free to ask,  I want you to enjoy your massage experience and welcome any questions or comments.
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