Massage Therapy at South Orange Chiropractic Center
Massage not only feels good, it’s also good for you.
This ancient art has been scientifically proven to promote healing, health and wellness. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, and Egypt.
If you are suffering from chronic pain such as low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, or chronic neck pain, massage therapy can help. Research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show clear benefits from massage therapy for people with chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, and even for women in labor.
How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Massage relieves both emotional stress and muscle tension, improves circulation, eases muscle spasms, reduces pain and swelling, strengthens the immune system, improves posture, promotes deeper breathing, and much, much more.
Massage Treatment Options at South Orange Chiropractic Center
Our certified massage therapist offers a wide range of treatment options to address your unique physical, emotional and mental needs.
Aromatherapy massage combines the healing properties highly-concentrated, therapeutic essential oils with the soothing power of a massage. While your highly-trained massage therapist works to release tension and relax sore muscles, the essential aromatherapy oils stimulate your limbic system – the part of the brain that connects your sense of smell to your emotions and nervous system. The result is a deeper feeling of well-being and relaxation.
You don’t have to lie down to benefit from a massage. Chair massage is an ideal option for those who either don’t want to or can’t lie flat on a massage table. While you remain fully clothed (except for your shoes), your massage therapist will work to release tension in your neck and shoulders, arms and hands and feet and legs, as well as other parts of the body. The therapist can apply firm or gentle pressure – it’s completely up to you. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and restored, with pain relieved and tensions melted away.
Both therapeutic and romantic, our couples massage gives lovers a chance to relax and reconnect while being pampered like never before. You’ll lie side by side while each of you enjoys a traditional massage. You can talk to each other or just enjoy the quiet – it’s up to you. Couples massage is also available to friends and other non-romantic couples who simply want to spend time and enjoy some pampering together.
Deep tissue massage
During a deep tissue massage treatment, tight, rigid areas of the body are gradually broken down with different kinds of pressure. This pressure is often slow, firm and concentrated in order to get the tight tissues and muscles to “release.” Your massage therapist will work across the grain of your muscles to achieve this affect. Like any massage, this treatment should not hurt. However, some discomfort during the procedure is normal, as the muscles that are being worked on are often stressed and sore to begin with.
Reflexology is another word for a type of bodywork that is almost entirely focused on your feet. Your massage therapist will manipulate parts of your foot that “connect” to other body parts –your head to the tips of your toes, the ball of your foot to your heart and chest area, the arch of your foot to your liver, your kidneys and your pancreas, and the heel to the lower back and intestines. When the massage therapist presses on these areas of your foot, it tells your brain to release endorphins, easing symptoms and promoting a feeling of well-being.
Swedish massage technique uses long, smooth, gliding strokes that are neither too hard nor too soft, but “just right” for anyone looking for a basic massage that releases tension, improves relaxation and feels good. Swedish massage therapists traditionally use an oil or lotion to ensure their hands glide smoothly over your skin. Other techniques used during the massage include kneading of individual muscles to ease tight spots, the use of friction or rubbing, tapping on certain muscles to release tension, and vibration.