Deep Tissue & Relaxation Massage
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including: low back pain,arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more.
And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
There are various types of massage therapy. The main differences usually lie in techniques applied to soft tissues of the body.
Among different types of massage offered at Agni Studio are:
- Swedish Massage - general massage technique that uses long strokes with light to medium pressure to relieve moderate muscle tension and promote general relaxation.
- Deep Tissue Massage - full body massage that incorporates kneading, stripping and other techniques in order to access deeper and larger muscle groups.
- Trigger Point Therapy - this technique uses directed acupressure, thumb stripping, kneading, stretch & release techniques in order treat injured or chronically tense muscles.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Often massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts. *Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Massage is your powerful ally. There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.
While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is a healing tradition that can be traced back over 2,500 years to India. It is performed on a cushion on the floor in loose and comfortable clothing. Often described as assisted Hatha yoga, Thai Yoga Massage has many of the same benefits as yoga.