Did You Know?

In terms of rest for the body, a one hour massage equates to 7-8 hours of sleep. It can also reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels.

Massage Therapy

Massage may be one of the oldest and simplest forms of medical care and was first identified in an Egyptian tomb painting that displayedmassage people being massaged. It was a principal method of relieving pain for Greek and Roman physicians. Julius Caesar was said to have been given a daily massage to treat neuralgia. Today there are over 100 different types of Massage Therapies available, many of which were developed in the past 30 years.

Massage Therapy is defined in various ways but, simply put, it is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues such as muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage is often used for specific reasons, such as relief from pain, stress reduction, or enhancement of athletic performance. But, with or without a specific goal, massage therapy increases the general health and well-being of the recipient.

Massage Therapy has evolved and grown as a profession over the last few decades, in part because more people are investing time and money in feeling better. There are two primary massage techniques: relaxation and a more clinical style which tends to be a “deeper” massage treatment. Relaxation Massage is a smooth and flowing style that promotes general relaxation and a sense of well-being. The clinical style of massage is used to restore function to injured soft tissue, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This therapy may involve a variety of massage techniques, treatments, and range of motion. The clinical style may also involve hot and cold treatments and the client may be asked to perform activities at home to assist the healing process.

The goal of massage is to reduce stress, promote overall wellness, relax muscles, diminish pain, nourish cells and assist the body in the removal of waste products and toxins. Massage also improves circulation, and mood; assists in the reduction of depression, anxiety, and anger, improves sleep patterns; and increases energy and vitality.

i spa's resident Massage Therapist, Adrienne Honeywell has been training and practicing massage in Largo for over 29 years. Visit our Practitioner's Page to learn more about Adrienne or call us today to learn more about the wellness benefits massage can bring.

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