Indulge Yourself at Reflections of Health!
Make massage therapy a part of your wellness program.
Enter into a place where time slows down and stress fades away. Reclaim yourself and let the stresses of the world melt away under our strong, skillful hands.
At Reflections of Health, we offer a variety of relaxing and stimulating massage therapy services designed with your total well-being in mind. We take the time to discover your individual needs to provide you with the most refreshing and therapeutic massage experience. Our services and techniques will help keep you feeling, looking and living well long after your appointment is over.
We offer a wide selection of alternative care therapies including: Therapeutic Massages, Reflexology and Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Body Treatments and Wraps, Facials and many more!
Whether it’s a wedding party or just a girl’s night out, our spa parties are the best way to spend quality time with your friends and enjoy a little pampering!
All massages are the same. Aren’t they? For the 19 years that I have been providing massage therapy, I have been told this statement or asked this question more times than I can even remember. So, the answer?
First, it should be recognized that massage therapy is more than just a relaxing time out escape from every day stressors. Even if a massage is just a “relaxing” massage; it is still therapy in and of itself. It is recovery and restoration for muscles. It decreases blood pressure. It elevates serotonin levels and decreases cortisol levels. I could continue at length, but I think the picture is clear. [If you are interested in more details visit a great research article from the mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743]
Second, it should be recognized that all people are different; therapists and clients, as well as the layers of problems brought to the massage table. What does that mean? Everyone experiences pain at some point in their life. Collectively it maybe from physical trauma, emotional trauma, or any combination of issues. Why is this important and why does it really matter…a person is just getting rubbed on right?
So, finally the answer you have been waiting for. No, all massages are not the same nor should they be. Perhaps a person has a headache today that they need help with, but the next time they come in they have strained the muscles in their back. Maybe a person started out as an athlete preparing for triathlon, but now is in need of prenatal massage or postpartum care. This is so important. A talented massage therapist is capable of looking at a client completely to see where perhaps they had been in a car accident, but not only was there physical injury, but a friend was lost and now, layered into the physical trauma is emotional trauma as well.
Now, the question then becomes “what type/style massage do I ask for?” and “what do I look for in a therapist?”. A client should never have to ask their therapist for a specific type of massage to help them unless they are trying to select from a variety of unique techniques offered from a spa and resort menu. A client should be able to call the therapist, express their issues and concerns and schedule their appointment. The therapist, if skilled, should be able to offer a collective variety of techniques custom catered to the client’s specific needs at that current moment. For instance, a client calls me telling me their back is hurting. I schedule them for a session, I classify as “Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork”. When the client comes in I assess for several things to determine why they might be suffering from low back pain and address the body as a whole:
- Diaphragm is drawn too far up into the ribs and it needs to be released along with muscles surrounding the ribs.
- They have a history of bladder issues and I need to apply Tuina first.
- The muscles of the pelvis and abdomen are too short and tight creating spasms in the low back.
etc. etc. etc. Massage therapy is more than just rubbing people by candle light. It is more than just a basic routine to relax a person. It is a complex blend of techniques offered up through time for more than 5000 years impacting the body physically, emotionally and spiritually. Each therapist brings their own compassion and personality into their technique and skill set. Therefore, all massages are not the same.
A massage should be an investment made monthly and an important part of everyone’s monthly wellness plan. Call us today to schedule your session or book online at www.2urhealth.org