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Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Please talk with your professional massage therapist to see if a deep tissue massage therapy would be beneficial for you.
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion. The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play. At Massage Envy, your massage therapist will apply traditional Swedish and sports massage techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate your pain levels with your massage therapist during your treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving the reflexology massage.
If you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of foot Reflexology massage, you should know that the benefits are compounded when utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel. With a Massage Envy membership, you can enjoy these benefits as often as you'd like. Monthly dues include a one-hour massage session and unlimited additional one-hour sessions at the low membership rate¬¬. To make things even easier, there are hundreds of Massage Envy locations nationwide. So you can relax, rejuvenate, and continue to grow healthier wherever you go.
Over time, the body builds up unhealthy amounts of stress hormones in response to work deadlines, traffic jams, relationship problems and more. These hormones can cause physical problems, like digestive issues, headaches and sleeplessness. Relaxation massage decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain's chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood.
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each 1 ½ -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. Our professional massage therapists also incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits.
The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers.
Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
• Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
• Decreases pain and muscle spasms
• Reduces chronic stress and tension
• Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
• Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
Whether you're on a romantic getaway or simply treating yourself to an indulgent spa session, a couples massage is a great way to relax and rejuvenate both you and your loved one. Despite the suggestive name, couples massages aren't just for couples -- friends and family members can also enjoy this invigorating experience together.
Couples massages are often provided at hotels, spas or massage practices. A larger room equipped with two massage beds provides the setting for the massage session. In establishments where couples massages are geared towards romantic partners, dim lighting, candles or a fireplace may accentuate the atmosphere. During a couples massage, one massage therapist is assigned to each individual so that massages can be provided simultaneously.
You and your partner may engage in a massage therapy session together in order to help each other feel more comfortable experiencing a massage; this is especially true if your partner is attending his first massage therapy session and will feel more at ease with you there. Couples massage can also be used as a way for you and a romantic partner, loved one or friend, to spend quality time together and become closer in your relationship.
Our Mini Facial is perfect for those on the go! This quick 30 minute treatment will leave your skin looking its best in no time at all.
BENEFITS of a Mini Facial Include:
Cleanses the skin, removing toxins caused by pollution, grease and dirt as well as dead skin clogging the pores
• Exfoliation tightens, firms, and cleanses the skin for a more radiant appearance
• Improves and restores circulation to facial skin layers, increasing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to skin cells which in turn plumps the skin with nutrients and water reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dry skin.
• Aids the process of lymphatic drainage, and the relaxation of the facial muscles which may slow the onset of wrinkles
• Renews skin cells, reducing puffiness and sagging in the face
• Improves skin tone, texture, and overall appearance
• May balance ph and production of oil
• Promotes relaxation.
Nourish dry, dehydrated skin that has become dull, patchy. facial treatments immediately nourish and hydrate the skin to relieve tightness and fine lines. Gentle exfoliation removes dry skin cells, and allows the rich face treatment oils and long-lasting, replenishing products to deliver hydration deep into the skin. Soft, supple skin is revealed and dehydration kept at bay.
Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliating or removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Dead skin, oils, and dirt left on the skin can cause unsightly complexion problems. Microdermabrasion removes unwanted dead cells and stimulates the production of healthy new skin cells. The procedure also reduces fine lines, age spots, blemishes, scarring, and stretch marks. Diamond microdermabrasion can benefit both men and women of all skin types in the treatment of fine lines or wrinkles caused by aging or sun damage, acne, skin discoloration, and enlarged or clogged pores.
A deep-cleansing is followed by professional exfoliation to remove pore-clogging skin cells and extractions to help clear current breakouts without spreading acne-causing bacteria. The application of our soothing professional masque system detoxifies skin while calming irritation and redness. the Puracne Oxygen Facial is for all ages and the High Frequency offers and added benefit to our facials by killing bacteria.
Paraffin wax facials can be treatment for their dry and lusterless skin. It involves the use of hot paraffin wax as a basic ingredient while treating parched and dehydrated skin. It is associated with comprehensive and all-round benefits.
Some of them are as follows:
- Brightening of complexion: Paraffin wax imparts warmth to the blood vessels and thus, the blood circulation is increased. This helps to brighten your complexion.
-Cleansing of pores: Paraffin wax heat helps to open up your skin pores. Dirt accumulated in the pores becomes loose and naturally, all the dirt, whiteheads and blackheads are efficiently removed!
-Hydration of skin: During your paraffin facial session, intense moisturizing treatment is meted out to your skin in the form of cream massage.
-Reduction of wrinkles: Paraffin wax helps to soothe your trite facial muscles. That is why, it acts as a calmer and at the same time, helps to reduce wrinkles.
-Improved skin appearance: You skin looks softer and suppler after an intensive paraffin facial session.
Our tightening, toning Anti Aging Facial treatment infuses skin with a veil of collagen, cellular complexes, amino acids, vitamins and natural oils to help increase moisture level and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This moderately aggressive treatment is a mild AHA acid that is derived from milk. A much weaker acid than glycolic acid, lactic acid is best known as an acid peel for the removal of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, liver spots and other skin discolorations. A Lactic Acid peel is also recommended for the reduction of Rosacea as it is the mildest of AHA peels. Cosmeceuticals are then applied to supplement the skin and to assist in correcting specific conditions such pigmentation and fine lines.
This classic deep-cleansing facial begins with an intensive cleanse, steam and enzymatic exfoliation. This is followed by gentle extractions and a clay mask to absorb any excess oil. Rebalancing treatment serums and moisturisers are then applied to nourish the skin leaving it clear and glowing.
SmartLipo™ is a revolutionary concept in laser assisted liposculpture. The procedure causes minimal discomfort, bruising and side effects, and is very safe. Many procedures take just one to two hours to carry out and most importantly the treatment is very effective at removing localised unwanted fatty areas that are resistant to dieting or physical exercise. Smart Lipo™ is effective for reducing double chins, love handles, inner thighs, hips, upper arms, ankles, upper and lower abdomen.
Smartlipo is a new minimally invasive fat removal technique for those who do not want to go under the surgeons knife and have traditional liposuction. Unlike traditional liposuction Smartlipo fat removal works with a powerful laser that heats the fat cells breaking them down so they can be absorbed and eliminated in a natural manner. Smartlipo has been given the nickname lunchtime liposuction and the procedure for fat removal can literally be carried out in about an hour. Smatlipo has many benefits over traditional liposucton fat removal procedures. Smartlipo has reduced recovery times, reduced invasivness, and the possibility of treating areas considered unsuitable for traditional liposuction fat removal treatment.
Ultracavitation is one of the most efficient treatments for the improvement of orange-peel skin’s appearance and to combat superficial fat and localized fat accumulation.
It consists of applying ultrasounds to the skin’s surface to produce pressure and temperature changes in the adipose tissue’s interstitial fluid. This new therapeutic device uses higher penetration frequencies that compress the liquids without increasing the temperature. In this manner, Ultracavitation is defined as a painless, safer and more efficient treatment. The results obtained from Ultracavitation are manifest by a progressive improvement in the aspect and quality of orange-peel skin. It is evident from the first sessions and by the reduction in accumulated fat volume, which is visible several days after the first session.
In order to obtain good results, the number of session should be between 8 and 12, applied weekly or fortnightly.
Each Ultracavitation session lasts for 30 to 50 minutes depending on the areas treated (abdomen and trochanters, respectively). The Ultracavitation transmitter is applied to each area with conductive gel. It is painless and there is no need to shave the treated area.
Immediately after ultrasound application, an intense drainage of the area is recommended with either Endermologie, Pressotherapy, Passive Gym or Lymphatic Massage techniques for approximately 15 minutes. FOX-NEWS REPORT (VIDEO) see how it Works VIDEO
What are the benefits of Ultracavitation?
• Does not require sedatives.
• Eliminates fat nodes from the both skin’s surface (orange-peel skin) as well as deeper down in the skin.
• Does not damage surrounding tissue.
• A versatile treatment that can be applied to almost all fat tissue and body types.
Does Ultracavitation have any side effects? It has no side effects or health risks for three basic reasons: • The frequencies used only affect the fat deposits, leaving the other areas of tissue unscathed.
• The breakdown of fat cells occurs in short-chain free fatty acids. This favours metabolization and elimination of fat without increasing the triglycerides in the blood.
• The contact device applied to the skin is designed to prevent heat damage. Is Ultracavitation the most efficient treatment method for the elimination of cellulite?
Ultracavitation results are very close to those obtained from surgery, but on some occasions, neither of these two methods are valid substitutes to other treatments. For example, in the case of localized microcirculation disorders with fluid retention, Ultracavitation will eliminate the accumulated fat; but it should be combined with a complementary treatment to improve veno-lymphatic return, such as Endermologie, Pressotherapy, Passive Gym or Lymphatic Massage. Is the increasing use of technology in Cosmetic Medicine beneficial? Application of new technologies in the field of cosmetic and general medicine is extremely beneficial; since the results obtained are less and less invasive, faster and safer.
Vacuum-therapy stimulates muscles, break down cellulite and fatty deposits, eliminating toxins, improving lymphatic drainage and taking inches off. Vacuum therapy also helps restore the skin’s natural elasticity to smooth the appearance of facial wrinkles and “orange-peel” dimpling in the thighs and buttocks. This therapy is painless, safe and highly effective.
Vacuum-therapy, thru the combination of its different action mechanisms, well as stimulating the blood, performs lymphatic drainage, which means a direct stimulation to the fibroblast as well as an increment in collage elastine and reticulin production, improving the texture and tone of the treated zone.
Its aesthetic indications are mainly use for:
• raises, enlarges and reaffirms the gluteus and breasts without surgeries
• Increases the skin flexibility
• Releases the venous and lymphatic flow
• Exfoliates the epidermis making skin softer
• Stimulates dermis and hypodermis
• Decreases muscle tension.
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer. Lymphedema can also be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood. This type, known as primary lymphedema, can affect as many as four limbs and/or other parts of the body. The cause is unknown. Lymphatic drainage massage for conditions other than lymphedema is not medically recommended, although it may be promoted by some therapists.
Radiofrequency (RF) energy treatment is a new and promising technology for non-surgical body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction. Pure RF energy alone (such as the Accent™, Thermage™ and Tripollar™ devices) or RF in combination with other modalities (such as the Velasmooth™/Velashape™ device which combines RF with infrared, tissue mobilisation and suction) can be used in treatments to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat. With deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Based on current RF technologies, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tone, with a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and possible inch loss, with minimal risks and downtime. Prices for radiofrequency depend on the area(s) treated and the device used.