We all know a massage feels good. What you may not know is that it’s also a form of therapy that is extremely beneficial to your well-being and health.
Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing with references in medical texts that date back nearly 4,000 years. It was Hippocrates, known as the “father of medicine” who referenced massage in 400 B.C.:
“The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing.”
Now today, in addition to “rubbing”, massage therapy is often referred to as “bodywork” or “somatic therapy.” Massage is the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although some massage therapist do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, our Chicago massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of our clients; it is a hand-on manipulation of the soft tissues of your body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is also an alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue pain associated with occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many other chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if started early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.
Our massage therapists work to improve the circulation of blood through your body and to speed the removal of metabolic waste products from muscles. Their skilled kneading increases the flexibility of muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Many of our patients visit our massage therapy Chicago team of experts to relieve their pain or to warm up before a sporting event. Other clients want to use massage therapy to relax and reduce stress. Here are just some of the ways coming in to see us for a massage therapy session can help you today:
- Physical and mental benefits
- Relaxes the whole body
- Loosens tight muscles
- Relieves tired and aching muscles
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Diminishes chronic pain
- Calms the nervous system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lower heart rate
- Enhances skin tone
- Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces tension headaches
- Reducing anxiety
- Reduces mental stress
- Improves consentration
- Promotes restful sleep
- Aids in mental relaxation
- Increasing range of motion in joints
While it’s generally regarded as the most common form of massage, Swedish massage involves a combination of five basic, long flowing strokes designed to stimulate the blood to move back to your heart and concentrates on the muscles and connective tissues of your body for improved circulation, relaxation, pain relief, and overall health maintenance and well-being. Swedish massage is also one of the less demanding techniques for our massage therapists to practice as it usually does not involve deep-tissue work, which means its a gentler form of massage. Our Swedish massage team works predominantly with your muscles and soft tissue. Some of the massage benefits you’ll experience are that it reduces tension, soothes your sore muscles and draws your body into a state of relaxation. You’ll also see decreased levels in one of your stress hormones called cortisol and an increase in the number of white blood cells which means your immune system will get a boost as well. To schedule your Swedish Massage, call our office today at (773) 229-9600 and we’ll make sure to take good care of you.
Hydrotherapy Massage – Offering a Free 15 minute Massage Trial
The HydroMassage bed is a convenient, dry, full body massage with the use of pressurized water. Simply lie down in the open design bed, fully clothed, and feel the immediate benefits of the traveling jet system, which delivers an “all sides” body massage. The bed can be easily customized to put pressure exactly where you need it most.
Hydro massage therapy reduces the effects of stress by increasing endorphin production, improves sleep, prevents headaches, and strengthens the immune system.
Hydrotherapy has been known to aid in the remedy of anxiety, migraines, digestion, circulation, high blood pressure, flexibility, and more!
HydroMassage is a convenient way to get the therapeutic results of a traditional hand massage, without the time constraints. The bed allows you to lay down, fully clothed, and enjoy customized water pressure on all areas of your body for as little as 15 minutes, if that’s all the time you have.
We are offering a one-time free 15-minute hydrotherapy massage for new patients.
Call us at (773) 229-9600 to book an appointment – or ask us the next time you are in our office.
Connective Tissue Massage
Connective tissue massage is similar to myofascial release in that involves working with the body’s fascia, or soft tissue, to relieve pain , tightness, and discomfort. The idea behind connective tissue massage is that restriction in one area of the body negatively affects other areas of the body. Practitioners of this technique “hook” their fingers into the connective tissue and utilize pulling strokes to lengthen the area. Benefits include pain reduction. See also soft-tissue massage.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue massage is a generic term for any modality that is used to treat the soft tissue in the body. Including muscle, fascia, and scar tissue. Common modalities used include Swedish, myofacial release, deep- tissue massage, trigger point therapy, connective tissue massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
When you really have soreness to work out, some heavy inflammation of chronic pain, you have to come see our deep tissue massage specialists. They will take good care of you. What is deep tissue massage? Our deep tissue massage specialists use long, slow strokes, direct pressure and friction applied across the grain of your muscles with their fingers, the thumbs or elbows. Deep tissue massage works way down into your muscles and connective tissue to help release your chronic aches and pains; the purpose of this kind of massage is to reach the fascia beneath your surface muscles.
Scalp Treatment Massage
Scalp Treatment a beautiful, relaxing scalp massage will improve circulation and replenish, the blood and oxygen supply. Enjoy relief from mental and physical fatigue.
Reflexology is a therapy of massaging pressure points that are applied to the feet, ears or hands stimulating your organs and whole body into a state of balance and reduced stress with an added treat of warm paraffin wax to increase your circulation and improve your joint mobility that is truly well deserved. Some of the benefits you can expect :
*Increases Your Energy
*Lessens Your Stress
*Reduces Your Pain
*Helps With Sleep Problems
*Improves Your Anxiety Or Depression
*Improves The Quality Of Life For Cancer Patients
The above benefits have been shown in studies conducted by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute and can also be found on The Mayo Clinic website.