Professional Massage is More Than Just a Day at the Spa

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For too many of us, massage is something that other people do. It’s something we see in the movies when a character is rich and bored. It’s extra pampering for someone who’s already pampered enough. For too many of us, professional massage is a self-indulgence reserved for those with too much time on their hands.

Too many of us don’t know what we’re missing. Those pampered people are onto something.

 

It’s About More Than Feeling Good

Massage has been practiced for thousands of years, and with good reason. Not only does massage make us feel good, it helps us not feel bad. Massage relieves sore muscles and aching joints. It reduces tension and stress. It’s effective against back pain and headache.

So yeah … it does make us feel good.

 

Health Benefits of Massage

Its proven effectiveness as a treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension make massage a perfect complement to traditional medicine. Professional massage is increasingly offered alongside standard medical treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (including migraines)
  • Insomnia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain 

Some studies have even shown regular massage to be beneficial at lowering blood pressure, strengthening the body’s immune system, and improving posture and blood circulation!

 

Types of Massage

People have been performing massage on themselves and others for such a long time that a wide variety of styles have developed. Some are soft and gentle and others go deep. The type of massage you choose has a lot to do with your goals. Do you want a massage for general relaxation, or are there specific issues you’d like to get worked out? A good licensed professional massage therapist can customize a massage for you, or you might want to find someone who specializes in the treatment you need.

 

Swedish Massage

A relatively gentle massage with long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping.

Deep Tissue Massage

Slower, forceful strokes target deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. Useful for injury and muscle damage recovery.

Sports Massage

Geared toward the prevention and treatment of injuries for those involved in athletics.

Trigger Point Massage

Focused on specific areas of tight muscle fibers after injury or overuse.

Other massage opportunities you may come across include chair massage — a quick, fully clothed session that typically works the back, shoulders, neck, and arms — shiatsu, Thai massage, hot stone massage, cupping, and reflexology — a type of foot massage said to “reflect” benefits to other areas of the body.

 

Why Professional Massage? Because You Deserve It

It’s time to pamper yourself — and now you’ve got good reasons for doing it! A massage can take away the physical and mental strains that have been weighing you down, and make you feel like you’re walking on air. Whether you make an appointment with a professional or just a deal with a good friend, it’s time you gave yourself a little pampering.

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Why Free-Up®?

Professional massage therapists know the benefit of working with a good massage cream. A massage is easier to give and receive when the contact between hand and skin has just the right balance between grip and glide — not too slippery and not too much friction — and that’s what you get from Free-Up.

A highly effective moisturizer and skin softener, Free-Up provides superb tissue perception that allows the user to work either surface or deep tissue with one medium. Its rich consistency is a welcome relief from messy, slippery oils. And with its slow absorption rate, a little goes a long way. It won’t dry up like lotions or oil-out during prolonged use like other creams.

Free-Up’s safe, quality formulation is hypo-allergenic, bacteriostatic, and doesn’t contain beeswax or nut oils.  Free-Up is a truly unique massage cream created by professionals for professionals. They demand excellence from the products they use and so should you.