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Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate more than seven thousand two hundred nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings correspond to all parts of the body, including organs and glands. Reflexology is used to prevent rather than cure. It is used to relieve a wide variety of ailments.

What does Reflexology Do?

Reflexology can relieve stress and tension within the body. It improves circulation and lymphatic flow and works to unblock nerve impulse pathways. These benefits all work toward helping the body to heal itself by restoring balance to the vital energies.
 
We will focus on three areas during your evaluation. This will help us to determine what areas to focus on during your session.
What are some specific Conditions Where Reflexology Might Be Helpful?
  • Allergies and sinus problems
  • Arthritis
  • Backache and Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Stress

How frequently should I have A Reflexology Treatment?

Once a week is normal. However, this truly depends on the condition that you are experiencing. An extreme case would be twice a week. Reflexology works well in conjunction with other body therapies.

 
After your first session, We will be able to tell you how often this therapy can benefit you.

Therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience.

How will it benefit me?

Massage during pregnancy offers remarkable physical benefits.
  • Massage during pregnancy provides great relief from the problem of breathlessness. It helps one in extreme deep breathing which ultimately proves beneficial for your body as well as your baby.
  • Helps to stimulate the lymphatic system
  • Increases immunity and the removal of excess toxins
  • Helps Stabilize hormonal levels
  • Helps in balancing theglandular system
  • Hormonal changes can cause depression and anxiety during pregnancy, which is why many expecting mothers can find relief through Prenatal massage
  • Relieves the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain, and edema. In addition, by relaxing nervous tension, you can experience a better night’s sleep.

Below are examples of how massage can help you throughout your pregnancy:

First Trimester
  • Relieve headaches
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Help alleviate morning sickness
 
Second Trimester
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
 
Third Trimester
  • Enhance sleep
  • Reduce swelling/edema
  • Relieve pain from varicosities
  • The pregnancy massage can help to prepare the uterus muscles for childbirth
  • Assistance in maintaining a proper posture during the pregnancy

When should this therapy be avoided?

It is very important that you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor before beginning a massage therapy program.
 
We will be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss your current condition and see if Prenatal Massage Therapy is right for you.

Lomi Lomi means "to massage", "to knead" or "to weave". Weaving Aloha, weaving light and weaving spirit. Lomi Lomi feels like many different techniques put into one flowing system. Lomi Lomi is a healing art practiced by native Hawaiians.
 

Lomi Lomi is based on the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna. A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything in the universe seeks harmony, love and balance.

The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some clients have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the entire body. Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, for example one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite hip. Working in this manner assists the recipient in achieving total relaxation- as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once.
 

 Harmony and Balance

 
When harmony and balance is lacking the effect is pain physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Illness is a state of tension, which leads to resistance which blocks energy movement. Lomi Lomi helps release this and therefore facilitates the road to healing. On the physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination of wastes and toxins stimulated.
 
Please come and take this wonderful journey with us. Receiving Lomi Lomi is an experience that you will treasure.

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and directing those strokes in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Per Henrik Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, effleurage, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. 
 
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood.  Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain.  It increases circulation without increasing heart load.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

How Does It Work? Techniques 

With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature. 

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.
 
The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
 

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica 
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain . People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

What Can I Expect During My Visit?

Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. The pressure is generally stronger than a regular massage. The strokes may be slower.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.

Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. Always check with your doctor before getting a hot stone massage; individuals with certain conditions--including pregnant women and people with high blood pressure--are advised to avoid this type of therapy.

 

Muscle Relaxation

The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
 

Pain Relief

While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat. It is important to let your massage therapist know if you feel that the heat from the stones is too much or that the pressure he is using is too harsh. Pain or discomfort during the massage process can cause more harm than good after the massage is over.
  • Improved Circulation
Typically, a massage therapist allows the heated stones to rest on trigger points in your body before beginning the actual massage. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.

Mental Benefits

Massage therapy can result in mental benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, it can be an integral part of your treatment plan.

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
 
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
 
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

A seated chair massage is more than a luxury that leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It can have positive health implications. In just 15 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, Dr. Tiffany Field, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine told "More" magazine. Any type of massage, including chair massage, can reduce stress, improve sleep, help sore and tight muscles and enhance immunity.

At the Workplace

Seated chair massage offered at the workplace can improve productivity and reduce stress. A study published in the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine" in 2011 found that twice a week chair massages decreased musculoskeletal aching and pain and increased range of motion after one month. "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice" in 2012 reported a study showing that offering 15-minute chair massages to nurses during work hours significantly reduced their stress. When employees aren't hurting and aren't stressed, they're more able to focus on job-related tasks.

 
 

More Information

What is a Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are several different types of massage therapy to meet varying needs.

What do I need to bring?

Be prepared to provide your previous medical or surgical history. If you have them and if they are relevant bring scan/MRI reports, and list of medication.

How many visits will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the needs and individual. A full treatment plan will be developed after the initial session.

What should I wear to my appointment?

You will want to wear comfortable clothing this is easy to remove. If you are having a treatment that does not require clothing be removed, please wear something that will not restrict the therapist's ability to move you as needed.

How do I make an appointment?

You can get in touch by phone at 443.994.3458 or send us an email at livewell@ambmobilemassage.com. Alternatively you may use the quick and easy online booking system to schedule your next appointment.

Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, massage therapists can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However we advise you to consult a physician before undergoing therapeutic massage for any chronic or persistent conditions. Please make us aware of any such conditions during your initial consultation.