The art of massage therapy goes back thousands of years. Records show that it was used 3,000 years ago in China. The Hindus, Persians and Egyptians also used massage for many ailments.
Idaho Falls massage therapy is a vital part of physical health and rehab all over the world and a big part of what we do here at Legacy Health Partners, your Idaho Falls massage professionals. Conditions known to show improvement with massage therapy include low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. In addition, a good massage is a great way to relieve the stress of our busy lives.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage is the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. It is intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. There are many variations of massage to go along with the many different techniques. Depending on the individual client, the massage may include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues, passive or active movement, and/or techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. Oils, lotions, or powders may be used to reduce friction on the skin.
The Benefits Of Massage
People have a wide range of reasons for getting a massage. It could be to help the rehabilitation of an injury, decrease pain, relieve stress or even just to have a luxurious treat for themselves. Adding massage therapy to your routine can give your a lot of benefits, including:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
In addition, the use of massage is growing in the medical world, especially in hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Research has shown that after a massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Massage Reduces Stress
For some people, massage provides more emotional benefits than physical. Here are some ways that massage can help you manage stress:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
What To Expect During Your Visit
First, you’ll want to be sure you are here in plenty of time before the appointment to get some paperwork filled out. If you are in a rush, getting into a good, relaxed state will be more difficult.
This is when you can let the therapist know what body parts you want to have worked on and/or avoided. You should also bring up any concern or hesitation you have with undressing. The therapist will be able to offer you some options or suggestions of what will work best for both of you. Remember, the information is kept confidential.
After the interview, the therapist leaves the room while you undress to a comfortable level. Then, you can lay on the table and cover yourself with the sheet. The therapist will knock on the door before coming back in the room.
During the massage, you will lay on the massage table under the sheets. Please let the therapist know if, at any time, you are uncomfortable. Speak up if you are cold, don’t like the music or want a different level of pressure applied.
Tips to get the most out of your massage:
- Be as open to the process as you can.
- Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
- Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
- In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can’t seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.
We offer several types of massage techniques, including:
- Sports Massage (each sports massage is customized to the each individual athlete)
- Thai Sports Massage (This is a form of bodywork that has gained wide popularity in the West)
- Deep Tissue Massage (Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia)
- Swedish Massage (Swedish massage is the most common massage therapy technique in the United States)
- Cranial Sacral Massage (Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium)
- Trigger Point Therapy (Trigger point myotherapy also known as neuromuscular therapy or sometimes massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm)
- Couples Massage
- Prenatal Massage (Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be)
- Our Signature Completely Custom massage as well as several massage packages (Your therapist will combine massage modalities based on your need).
We also have the following massage add-ons: Cupping, Hot Stones, Hot Towels, Gua Shau and Kinesio Taping.
Legacy Health Partners is the number one massage therapy location in the Idaho Falls area. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.