Massage Therapy

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please call the Spa – 262.408.7597


RELAXATION/SWEDISH/THERAPEUTIC
AROMATHERAPY
CUPPING THERAPY
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
HOT STONE THERAPY
RAIN DROP THERAPY
PRENATAL MASSAGE
FACIAL REJUVENATION THERAPY

 

RELAXATION/SWEDISH MASSAGE

Relaxation/Swedish Massage is greatly beneficial to the body; Including decreasing stress levels, enhancing mental clarity, gaining flexibility, and improving circulation by soothing your muscles and nerves.  Experience total body relaxation with gentle, medium, or deep compression.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Therapeutic massage is specific to your aches and pains using different massages techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, and sports massage.  With the purpose of positively effecting the soft tissues of the body to relieve symptoms, enhance their functions, and promote relaxation and well-being.

BENEFITS

  • Increases circulation, improving the general health of muscles and skin
  • Reduces mental and muscular fatigue
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Reduces muscle spasm, pain, stiffness and soreness
  • Reduces build up of scar tissue in injured muscles
  • Reduces and can eliminate tendonitis: i.e. – carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain syndrome; tennis or golfer’s elbow; thoracic outlet syndrome; plantar fascitis
  • Strengthens the immune system by increasing lymph flow for better health
  • Soothes the nervous system creating a calming effect.
  • A relaxed state is beneficial for both mind and body allowing the stress of the day to disappear and to release muscles out of a contracted state.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

The following is a short list of conditions that if you currently have or have recently had, massage would not be appropriate. 

      • Fever
      • Skin infections and/or rashes
      • Open wounds/sores
      • Herpes – (only when active. Massage is alright when condition is not active)
      • Some cancers (Client needs to discuss with health care provider)
      • Heart conditions (Client needs to discuss with health care provider)
      • Circulatory conditions – any type of blood clotting condition. thrombosis, phlebitis
      • If you have been in an accident please consult with your health care provider before receiving massage to determine if any serious injury has occurred.

AROMATHERAPY

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CUPPING THERAPY

Cupping therapy is a method that uses negative pressure and creates suction.  This therapy releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions by lifting connective tissues, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  After receiving Cupping Therapy people often report that the experience stays with them longer than most treatments, and the effects of the tissue is truly amazing.

WARNINGS:
Cupping Therapy affects the body the same as a deep tissue massage.  You may experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that will be akin to a long hard work out.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.

      • Hernias- Cupping can cause further protrusion and complications.
      • Slipped disc – Cupping can cause the disc to move due to the negative pressure.
      • Pregnancy -Although fluid retention can be treated on the legs with superficial cupping using the soft cup, it is always advised to get your doctor’s approval before using any form of complimentary therapies. Also, if you have never received a cupping treatment, you should wait until the 2nd trimester to receive your first treatment.
      • Cancer (minimum remission of 5 years) – Cupping can interfere with the treatment and medication prescribed by the oncologist. Always consult your doctor before applying any form of complimentary therapies after the 5 year remission.
      • Blood disorders – Cupping therapy stimulates blood supply, which may not be advised where there are blood disorders and prescribed medications present.
      • Weak, ulcerated or broken skin (localized) – Cupping can exert pressure and cause bleeding of the already fragile tissues.
      • Varicose Veins– The negative pressure of the cups will increase protrusion of the varicose vein.
      • Phlebitis – Cupping therapy may interfere with the prescribed treatment or medication by the physician and speed up the removal of infection which may worsen symptoms experienced by the patient.
      • Renal failure or history thereof – Cupping may contribute to extra pressure on the already struggling kidneys as cupping therapy speeds up detoxification which is a main function of the kidneys.
      • Cirrhosis of the liver or history thereof – Cupping may contribute to extra pressure on the already struggling kidneys as cupping therapy speeds up detoxification which is a main function of the liver.
      • Heart disease or history thereof – Cupping therapy may interfere with the physician’s prescribed medication or on-going treatment. Consult with your practitioner before adding cupping therapy.
      • Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure – Cupping Therapy can cause blood pressure fluctuations and may interfere with the prescribed medical treatment.
      • Diabetes – Diabetics bruise easily and have slow healing capability, which may cause undesired complications.
      • Energy Depleted Clients – Cupping induces a deep form of relaxation which may exert further complications on the adrenal glands.
      • Clients on blood thinning medication (anti-coagulants) – Cupping therapy increases blood flow, and this fact may interfere with prescribed medications dosages and blood levels.

BENEFITS

      • Colds & Influenza
      • Headaches
      • Arthritis
      • Intercostal Neuralgia
      • Intestinal disorders
      • Sciatica
      • Rheumatism
      • High blood pressure
      • Bronchial asthma & congestion
      • Gynecological disorders
      • Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)
      • Dispels colds and respiratory infections
      • Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
      • Liver disorders
      • Gallbladder disorders
      • Dermatological Disorders such as pigmentation imbalance
      • Depression
      • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      • Anxiety & insomnia
      • Post-injury trauma
      • Post-surgery adhesions
      • Cellulite
      • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck
      • Chronic gastric pain
      • Vertigo
      • Menopausal discomforts
      • Activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles

 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull.  This therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.

GENERAL INDICATIONS

      • Chronic pain, especially in the neck and back
      • Headaches (tension, migraine, cluster)
      • TMJ dysfunction
      • Emotional trauma
      • Auditory problems
      • Stress-related dysfunctions
      • Arthritis
      • Colic, inner ear problems, or learning/behavioral disorders in infants and children

CONTRAINDICATIONS
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.

      • Acute intracranial hemorrhages
      • Intracranial aneurysms
      • Recent skull fractures (less than six weeks)
      • Severe grand mal seizures (acute)
      • Recent strokes (less than six weeks)
      • No compressions techniques in children under nine
      • Recent concussions (less than six weeks)Sores, blemishes, or open wounds

BENEFITS

CranioSacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.


HOT STONE THERAPY

Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage where heated stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.

      • Blood clots or previous history of blood clots
      • Easily bruised and find bruising painful
      • Currently have a known cancer or are receiving treatment for cancer
      • Conditions that compromise the immune system
      • Diabetic
      • Any heart conditions
      • High or low blood pressure
      • Areas of inflamed or damaged skin – Sunburn, Psoriasis, Skin cancer, Burns, Dermatitis, Eczema, Acne, Shingles, Herpes.
      • Pregnant
      • Sores, blemishes, or open wounds
      • Neuropathy
      • Recovering from recent surgery
      • Varicose veins
      • Injury or trauma where nerves have been affected
      • Psychotic conditions, epilepsy
      • Any dysfunction of the nervous system

BENEFITS

      • Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
      • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
      • Reduces chronic stress and tension
      • Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
      • Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles

RAIN DROP THERAPY

Raindrop Therapy helps release blockages, kick out any bacteria present in the body, and bring balance to the body.  This method is done by strategically placing essential oils on the body, along with applying heat.  If you have an illness, this should kick it out faster.  It is very important to drink a lot of water after a session since this therapy will help flush out all of the toxins present.

BENEFITS

      • Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of the Body– The combination of techniques brings electrical and structural alignment to the body.
      • Non-Manipulative Technique– No manipulation as in chiropractic is performed. The oils help support the body to come back into harmony by opening energy flow throughout the body.
      • Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety– Not only can the oils enhance positive emotions such as joy and happiness, but they can also help us release negative emotions that are subconsciously stored on a cellular level.
      • Aid the Body’s Natural Response to Irritation and Injury
      • Eases Muscle Discomfort after Exercise– Muscles that are tense and in minor discomfort due to exercise will also benefit.
      • Support Healthy Immune System
      • Emotional Well Being and Release– Essential oils effect the limbic system where emotions are stored in the “brain’s emotional computer”.
      • Help Detox the Body Systems– The oils that are high in phenols may cleanse cellular receptor sites and enhance cleansing of the body.

PRENATAL MASSAGE

Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
Clients who are experiencing certain conditions, or who are at a high risk for miscarriage may not be good candidates for massage. Some conditions are absolutely contraindicated, and some may be treated with modifications made to the treatment plan. Always check with your prenatal health care practitioner before embarking on a program of massage therapy.  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, massage is not advised. Please consult your physician:

      • Early labor or threat of miscarriage
      • Dysfunctions of the placenta or cervix
      • Severe or continual abdominal pains
      • Continual low back pain not relieved by changes in position
      • Visual disturbances
      • Severe nausea and vomiting
      • Severe headache lasting longer than 3 days
      • Leakage of amniotic fluid
      • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia

Additional conditions – phlebitis, thrombosis, or suspected clotting conditions, any kidney, liver or spleen compromise or infection.  Local massage on areas with severe varicose veins and swelling are avoided due to clotting risk.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION (PHYSICIAN’S RELEASE ADVISED)

      • Incompetent cervix
      • Complications due to DES used during pregnancy
      • Lung or live disorder
      • Severe anemia
      • Convulsive disorders
      • Abnormal Fetal Heartbeat
      • Decrease or absence of fetal movement
      • Intrauterine growth retardation
      • Lupus Erythematosus
      • Poor lifestyle habits (drug abuse, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption)
      • Low weight gain
      • No prenatal care

PRENATAL HIGH-RISK PREGNANCIES
It is a strict policy of A Better Me to require a doctor’s release form in order to receive massage therapy during a High-Risk Pregnancy, which includes, but is not limited to:

      • Early labor, miscarriage threat, placental or cervical dysfunction
      • Gestational Edema Proteinuria Hypertension (GEPH)
      • Preeclampsia
      • Gestational Diabetes
      • Pre-existing cardiac, renal, connective tissue or liver disorders/diseases
      • Fetal genetic disorders
      • Complications in previous pregnancies
      • Three or more miscarriages

BENEFITS

        • Relief of muscular tension, especially in the lower back, upper back, shoulders and neck
        • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
        • Enhances body awareness for better posture and less discomfort
        • Assists with body mechanics and movement during structural change
        • Supports birth process by relaxing muscles involved in labor and birth
        • Eases anxiety and stress during time of transition
        • Gives emotional support and nurturance

FACIAL REJUVENATION THERAPY

Facial rejuvenation is a process that helps fight aging by addressing unwanted expression lines, dehydration, and poor circulation on the face.  The suction cupping strengthens the dermis of the face which helps increase collagen production which improves elasticity.  It also breaks up facial scar tissue (deep wrinkles), reduces swelling, detoxifies, and makes a youthful appearance without Botox.  This treatment is most benefitial every 3 to 5 days in sessions of 6 to 12 times depending upon your condition.