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Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy Q & A

Massage Therapy:

The art of Theraputic Massage is not a new, in fact, it  dates back thousands of years. Many ancient people including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage therapy and used it for the treatment of a variety of ailments.

Massage is a part of complementary and integrative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. This form of therapy involves hands-on techniques by rubbing, pressing or manipulating the muscles and soft tissues to provide effective treatment and other benefits like increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body. Licensed massage therapists are highly-trained and well-versed in anatomy and physiology, and they use their expertise to improve wellness in a variety of ways.


Many who suffer from symptoms of depression initially seek out a trained mental health professional  to talk with individually.  But that approach alone doesn’t always work equally well for everyone.
Now, people are beginning to understand that a combination of treatement options is beneficial.  Studies have found that an engagement in regular massage thearpy programs can significantly reduce symptoms of depression. 
Researches have shown that massage therapy activates neurotransmitters that can decrease anxiety and lower stress hormone levels. This results in improving mood and increasing feel – good neurotransmitters.

When people become relaxed, their heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and salivary cortisol levels decrease. This helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression like symptoms. Therefore, being physically well also helps with improvement of depressive sypmtoms.


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders.  Anxiety can negatively shape the quality of life for individuals affected. Massage therapy can be an effective treatment by elevating neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decreasing hormones associated with increasing anxiety.

 Wellness benefits of regular massage

  • It stimulates the production of feel-good hormones that alleviate depression

  • Soothes anxiety

  • Improves concentration

  • Increases energy

  • Helps insomnia

  • Stress Reduction

  • Strengthens the Mind-Body Connection

  • Hormone Balance

  • Blood Pressure and Circulatory Issues

  • Alleviating Symptoms of Illness or Disease

Various types of massage therapy have different purposes. Deep tissue massage helps relieve chronic tension and some types of pain, while a sports massage helps improve flexibility and prevent injuries. The best types of massage for relaxation and optimum mental health benefits include:

  • Signature massage- $85-120*.  Our Signature massage gives you the best of two worlds by combining Swedish massage with essential oils for a customized experience.  Swedish massage eases tension and improves circulation. Swedish massage utilizes long strokes, kneading, tapping and stretching. You choose an essential oil to be used in your massage and after your massage get to take home your custom blend.
  • Hot stone massage $85-120*. Hot Stone massage involves placing warm stones on certain parts of the body to transmit heat deep inside to soothe and relax.
  • CBD oil massage $95-135*. Choose to relax your muscles and your mind with you combine CBD oil in your custom blend and massage.
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