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Which Massage is Best For You?

June 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Atlantis Health Network • Permalink

Body tissue holds trauma - not just physical injury, but also emotional and mental trauma. By gently releasing tension, and soothing away muscular aches and pains, our massage therapists can also help you to release your past, and move forward. The body stores all of our memories, and it's tied to the limbic system in the brain where emotions are stored. We're physically manipulating the tissue and that's what causes the release. With over 2,000 types of massages available, it's important to know which type is right for you. Here's an overview of the most popular forms of massage, and what they can do:

  • Swedish Massage
    Known for long, flowing strokes that help to improve the circulation, which in turn helps the whole body system. People often think of it as relaxation massage, but it also can be therapeutic.
  • Deep Tissue Massage
    Our therapist contacts the muscles and works them effectively to release tension and trauma.
  • Pregnancy Massage
    Pillows prop up the woman, who is most likely going to be lying on her side. The pressure is kept light, while gearing toward relaxation and relief of low back and leg pain.
  • Sports Massage
    This type of massage varies depending on the athlete's stage of training. The athlete needs to discuss whether they're getting ready for a competition, in between competitions, or fresh from an event. For each stage the approach will differ.
  • Cranial Sacral
    Although this is a very light-touch work centered on the skull and the sacrum, it also reaches deep into the body's memories. It's particularly useful for head injuries or whiplash.

"I was working on a client's right lower leg just below the knee, and it was quite intense for her," Fisher recalled. "As we worked deeper into the tissue, all of a sudden she started to have a tear, and a few more tears, and then she said: ‘who would have thought I would have an emotional release with that area?'
"So it can be as simple as that, to something that's more profound."

At the beginning of your session, our therapist will explain what they're going to do, and answer your questions, as well as take a medical history. The therapist's job is to ensure you're comfortable. You may remove as few clothes as you wish, depending on your comfort level and the techniques described by the therapist.
If you have allergies, ask in advance whether you can bring your own lotions or oils. Each therapist is different and you have the right to stop a session, to ask for more or less of a movement, to chat, or to ask for quiet. Our therapists will give you a relaxing and nourishing experience -- a mini-vacation helpful during times of stress, healing and as an integral part of your self-care routine.

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