New Enhancements! CBD Massage Now Available!

Introducing our latest enhancements, we have revamped some older enhancements and added some new ones here at Massage Works Therapy Center!
1. CBD enhancement – We use CBD oil during the massage on the muscles that are sore, tight, or overworked to aid in true pain relief. At the end of the massage we will place a CBD patch to provide continuous pain relief for the next 24hrs.
2. Heat is for Healing – If you have tight, tense muscles, or maybe you are cold and can’t get warm enough, then this service is for you! Heat from stones, hot packs, and a warming salve are an excellent addition to the massage! Ask for a few drops of your favorite essential oil ahead to be used during the massage.
3. Intense Rapid Relief (Percussion Therapy)- FREE – It’s like a therapeutic jackhammer for muscle knots and tension! It’s intense but extremely helpful when you have tough muscle issues. Try it to see if this is what’s been missing from your session.
4. Stone Massage – Let the therapist soothe aching sore or tired muscles by massaging with heated stones. This level of relief can refresh and restore the body and mind for a truly relaxing and therapeutic experience. Ask for a few drops of your favorite essential oil ahead to be used during the massage.
Be sure to ask our Office Coordinators for current pricing!

 

Below you can find some more information on our newest enhancements, how they work, and the benefits they can provide our clients here at Massage Works Therapy Center. We are always striving to come up with new ways to help our clients feel better and live a pain free life.

CBD Enhancement

The hottest buzz in the spa world is the benefits of infused CBD products and massages. CBD is Non-Psychoactive and Anti-inflammatory. Massage creams and oils infused with CBD, are inherently therapeutic for the mind and the body. Massage therapist and patients alike can reap these soul soothing benefits of an infused massage.

-What role does CBD play in the massage?

The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents of CBD reduces inflammation within muscles and joints, allowing the massage therapist to work more effectively. People seek massages as a way to relax and escape stress. For athletes, CBD also has the reputation for accelerating the recovery and healing process of injured connective tissue.

-How CBD works?

The CBD receptors (known as CB2) are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is the physiological system that helps the homeostatic functions within the central nervous system. This includes maintenance of bodily functions, pain, inflammation, and the immune system.

CB2 receptors are found in nerve and immune cells in just about every organ. CBD binds to CB2 receptors as well as TRPV1 receptors. Damaged tissues sensitize TRPV1 to its chemical and physical stimuli. Adding massage further benefits the stimulation of TRPV1 activity and has a positive influence on the CB2 receptors, which helps alleviate inflammation and pain (https://dayspaassociation.com/cbd-infused-massage-therapy-try/)

Heat is for Healing

If you have tight, tense muscles, or maybe you are cold and can’t get warm enough, then this service is for you! Heat from stones, hot packs, and a warming salve are an excellent addition to the massage! Ask for a few drops of your favorite essential oil ahead to be used during the massage.

-When to treat with Heat Therapy

Heat treatment (or thermotherapy) relieves stiffness and chronic aches, facilitates relaxation, and stimulates circulation. It works by increasing tissue temperatures and blood flow, thereby drawing extra nutrients into the area to assist in the recovery and healing process
Heat treatments should be used for chronic injuries or injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Heat applied to chronic conditions helps relax and loosen tissues, and to stimulated blood flow to the area.

When an injury is older than 48 hours, heat can be applied in the form of heat pads, deep heat cream, hot stones, hot water bottles or heat lamps. Heat causes the blood vessels to dilate (open wide) which brings more blood into the area. It also has a direct soothing effect and helps to relieve pain and spasm. If heat is applied to the skin it should not be hot, gentle warmth will suffice. If heat is applied there is the risk of burns and scalds. The skin must be checked at regular intervals. Ice often gives better and longer lasting effect on the circulation than heat. The pain killing properties of ice are also deeper and longer lasting than heat.

Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy. Athletes with chronic pain or overuse injuries may use heat therapy before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. Heat can also help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms (http://www.therapeutictouchmassagestudio.com/when-to-use-ice-or-hot/).

Intense Rapid Relief (Percussion Therapy)

It’s like a therapeutic jackhammer for muscle knots and tension! It’s intense but extremely helpful when you have tough muscle issues. Try it to see if this is what’s been missing from your session. The best part is, this enhancement is FREE!

-What is Percussion Therapy?

Percussion therapy accelerates and enhances the repair of muscle fiber by providing rapid bursts of pressure in concentrated, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This enhances the flow of blood to different critical areas, allowing for pain relief and subsequently improving function and range of motion. It also provides a gentle stretch that in turn enhances flexibility, performance, and physical response.

We have all had that long day at the gym. Sure, after the workout is done, we are left feeling a sense of euphoria. Endorphins are coursing wild through our veins, and we experience a satisfaction that can only come with intense physical exercise. Our workouts can sometimes be so physically demanding that we often neglect rest and recovery which should always follow every workout. Enter percussion therapy, which boosts recovery.

Percussion therapy relaxes thickened connective tissue, helps to break down adhesions and internal scar tissue, provides improved circulation in the veins and lymphatic system, enhances flexibility through gentle stretching, and increases range of movement.

-How It Works

Percussion therapy involves a revolutionary handheld device that jolts target areas of the body with gentle pulses of pressure. This action softens muscle tissue in areas where we experience intense stiffness and build up. By rapidly pulsing the muscle fibers with a gentle wave of pressure, we are able to alleviate a lot of pain and improve blood flow.

Oftentimes we have multiple areas on our bodies where we experience deep and sharp pain in the muscles. Whenever we apply pressure to these areas, we really feel the discomfort, even if we turn to traditional massage to alleviate some of it.

How percussion therapy differs from traditional massage is by desensitizing the surrounding area of a sore muscle by shocking the muscle fiber gradually until the target area is penetrated. This way, with the help of a percussion therapy device, we are able to target specific muscle soreness without noticing a lot of the pain that comes with it. With traditional massage, human hands may not be able to penetrate those hard to reach areas and thus not take care of the root problem. Furthermore, it is sometimes even too painful to bear. With percussion therapy, you don’t experience the pain, only relief.

Since percussion therapy is utilized to aggressively work and treat deep-tissue muscles, it helps to increase blood circulation and oxygen distribution to various parts of your body, especially on the local topical area. This decreases post-workout muscle pain and cramps, which accelerates the body’s ability to heal and recover (https://evolve-mma.com/blog/heres-how-percussion-therapy-boosts-muscle-recovery-and-ignites-athletic-performance/).

Here is a videos demonstrating what our Intense Rapid Relief enhancement or Percussion Therapy Gun is like:

 

Stone Massage

Let your therapist soothe aching sore or tired muscles by massaging with heated stones. This level of relief can refresh and restore the body and mind for a truly relaxing and therapeutic experience. Ask for a few drops of your favorite essential oil ahead to be used during the massage.

6 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

All massages generally fall under the alternative medicine umbrella. They’re becoming a popular complementary therapy for many conditions. Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:

1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain

Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It may also reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion. Cold therapy helps relieve inflammation. Depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage may be helpful.

2. Reduces stress and anxiety

It’s the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that “massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.” Research supports their opinion. A 2001 study showed that a ten-minute massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume. A 1997 study found that 15-minute, onsite chair massages in the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.

A 2015 study found that people who underwent abdominal colorectal surgery had less pain, tension, and anxiety after receiving post-operative massage.

3. Promotes sleep

A 2006 literature review found massage may be an alternative to sleeping pills in adults with insomnia. The research showed that back massage helped promote relaxation and sleep. A 2001 study showed that infants with sleep problems who were given a 15-minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster. They were also more alert, active, and positive upon awakening. Massage is thought to help you enjoy more restorative sleep, although it’s not completely understood why.

4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases

Hot stone massage may relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain. According to a 2002 study, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) than people with the condition who received relaxation therapy. More research is needed, however, before massage becomes a standard fibromyalgia treatment.

A 2013 study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. Participants in the study experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.

5. May help decrease cancer symptoms

A large, three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management examined how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 people with cancer. The study showed massage, especially Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role.

6. May boost immunity

Massage may give your immune system a boost. According to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity. Blood samples taken before and after the massage showed a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention (https://www.healthline.com/health/hot-stone-massage#benefits).

Éminence Organic Facials starting at $35!

Treat yourself to an award winning organic facial that delivers beautiful results using products bursting with juicy pulp, seeds and herbs. Feel good about feeding your skin all natural products without harsh chemicals or parabens. Éminence addresses a variety of skin concerns such as: premature aging and wrinkling, sun damage, acne, loss of vitality, tone and radiance. Enjoy a custom Éminence facial specifically created to suit your needs and let the active ingredients bring health and beauty to your skin!

With Eminence Organics, an authorized spa is not merely a place for pampering. It’s a destination to transform your psychological and physiological well-being, as well as a trusted source for our fresh, authentic products. https://eminenceorganics.com/us

Here are some skin concerns and conditions that our Estheticians are equipped to address using our Éminence Organic products!

Acne / Breakout prone

Acne can affect skin at any age from adolescent to adult. It is usually characterized by oily to normal skin that persistently breaks out, is clogged, reactive and is sometimes inflamed. Acne is caused by a number of factors such as dirt and pollution on the skin’s surface, stress, an unbalanced diet, hormonal fluctuations and the overproduction of sebum, which is a naturally produced oil. The good news is that it can be alleviated over time by controlling stress, getting regular exercise to remove toxins from the body, following a healthy diet, and using natural organic skin care to keep skin clear and healthy.

Rosacea / redness

Sometimes confused with acne, rosacea often shows on the skin as an inflammation and reddening on the nose, forehead, cheekbone or chin. Inflamed capillaries on the skin’s surface give the complexion a red, blotchy or bumpy appearance. Rosacea is usually a genetic condition, but certain factors are known to aggravate it. Avoiding hot liquids, alcohol, the sun and extreme temperatures plus using products designed to help calm skin will help to clear irritations and control redness.

Signs of Aging

The telltale signs of aging include wrinkles and sagging skin. Two of the biggest skin woes, these conditions are a direct result of the body’s aging process. Natural collagen production slows with age and the skin appears less plump. While aging happens to everyone, there are ways to minimize the appearance and development of fine lines and wrinkles. The best long-term prevention for all skin types is a healthy lifestyle, daily sun protection, and a targeted skin care regimen.

Hyperpigmentation / uneven skin tone

Defined by the appearance of dark spots, freckles, scarring or an uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation can affect any skin type and has a large spectrum of severity. Identified by an increase in melanin production in the skin, it is a universal skin condition. Environmental factors, stress, aging and post-inflammatory pigmentation are all factors in skin tone changes and coloration. Protect from future damage with SPF and seek products and treatments specifically designed to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Large Pores

Regardless of age or gender, the appearance of large pores is a common skin concern. Pores are used by the body to distribute skin-softening sebum (commonly referred to as “oil”). While everyone has visible pores, some naturally produce more oil, resulting in larger pores. Sebum also oxidizes when it reaches the skin’s surface, causing pores to become visible and appear larger. Pore size may increase with age as the skin loses elasticity. With regular cleansing and gentle exfoliation, sebum is removed from the skin’s surface, resulting in less visible pores.

Eye Area

The skin surrounding the eyes is seven times thinner than the skin around the rest of the face. This naturally delicate skin is very susceptible to the effects of sun exposure, aging, lack of nutrition and dehydration. The skin around the eyes reflects the slightest imbalance in skin health and is also prone to wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. As the eyes are one of the most expressive features, daily hydration, weekly eye masques and even light exfoliation with specific, targeted products will ensure this unique zone of the face remains firm and toned.

Lack of Firmness

Just like muscles throughout the body, the muscles under the surface of the complexion can lose tone. When muscle fibers and elastin lengthen as a result of aging, lifestyle and nutrition, the skin then appears to sag. Dehydrated skin can also appear to droop around the eyes and jawline. A consistent, targeted skin care regimen and regular facial massage are key ways to keep skin healthy and firm.

Sun Damage

Spending too much time in the sun can result in both temporary and long term damage to the skin. One of the most common conditions as a result of sun exposure is immediate dehydration and painful, itchy redness. Extensive sun exposure over time can also permanently stretch small blood vessels, creating a red and blotchy complexion. To prevent negative effects as a result of sun exposure, keep the skin protected and hydrated when spending time in a the sun.

We have several excellent Estheticians available to help you with all of your organic skin care needs! We offer full 1-hour organic facials for $65 and mini-facial options for $35. Book online today or call 260-459-1111 for assistance!

Consider Massage Works Onsite Massage in the Workplace

Onsite Massage

Thinking of a way to reward your office? Before you book a reservation for an office lunch why not do something for their health!

Working long hours, sitting for long periods of time, and having little time for physical fitness can take a toll on the body. Sometimes the effects of poor muscle and joint health don’t show until years down the road. Continue reading “Consider Massage Works Onsite Massage in the Workplace”

Tips For When You’re Diagnosed With Chronic Pain

Are you struggling with chronic pain? If so, then there’s no need to feel helpless. You have many options for minimizing the pain’s effects while empowering yourself to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. In this post, we’ll share some steps you can take right now to gain control of your diagnosis. You’ll see how making some small life changes can have big effects on your well-being. Continue reading “Tips For When You’re Diagnosed With Chronic Pain”

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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We’ve Got Some Valentine’s Day Gift Idea’s for you…

Hold your sweet tooth on Valentine’s Day this year. We’ve decided to put together a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are healthier alternatives to some sweet treats. This list of gifts is carefully curated and the extra thought put into these suggestions will surely earn you some brownie points from your special someone. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas”

Long Time Beauty Secret, Paraffin Wax

paraffin wax

Paraffin wax treatments were developed in the 1950’s and peaked in the 1960’s, but its been recorded that paraffin has been used in holistic medicine since the Roman Empire. Paraffin treatments remove pollutants from your skin, reduce wrinkles, improve circulation, and soothe sore muscles and joints.

There are a lot of benefits to this relaxing treatment. Paraffin wax is warm when it is applied and retains heat for longer periods of time. The heat allows the pores in the skin to open up, which in return will release toxins and dead skin cells. This heat also helps ease pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints because the heat increases blood flow within the area it is applied and worked in. Continue reading “Long Time Beauty Secret, Paraffin Wax”

Reflexology and its History

Reflexology foot massage therapy

Reflexology is more then just a massage, its a form massage therapy. It’s believed by our ancient ancestors that different parts of our body can trigger and relieve pain. Its used as a form of massage therapy based on a system of reflex points that effect a physical change throughout the body. It can reduce stress, headaches, digestive disorders, arthritis, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, menstrual disorders and digestive problems Continue reading “Reflexology and its History”