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).

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