Dr. JazHands Massage Services
A regular massage is simply a relaxing full body massage customized to meet your needs. It is an integration of Circulatory and Swedish Massage, and can be modified to your preferences.
This massage is usually done on a massage table, undressed to your level of comfort as you are coverd with a sheet or a blanket, and you will always be draped appropriately by the therapist as the various parts of your body are being massaged.
An ancient Chinese abdominal massage that works on detoxifying the organs, harmonizing emotions and improving digestion.
Learn more HERE about Chi Nei Tsang.
This is a fully clothed massage, typically done on a mat on the floor. It originates from Thailand, using hands and palms to press on points along the body. Stretches are preformed on the client's body by the practitoner-- similar to those done in yoga.
Shiatsu translates to "finger-pressure". It is a Japanese massaged based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of using needles, the practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees or feet to massage the body. This is a fully clothed massage, usually done on a mat on the floor.
This type of massage is for those people who enjoy a more heavy handed massage. To get to those deeper areas of the body with thicker muscles, a practitioner will often use forearms and elbows to achieve the desired sensation and release of tension in the body.
Pregnancy massage is beneficial for the health of an expecting mother. It is useful to relieve stress, reduce aches and pains of pregnancy and calm mamma and baby. There are special body pillows used to increase the comfort of the mother carrying a child.
The Benefits of Massage
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer
Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin
Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
Reduces spasms and cramping
Increases joint flexibility
Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level
Releases endorphins-the body's natural painkiller-and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain
Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred
Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain
Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication
Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range-of-motion
Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays
("The Benefits of Massage" was originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring 2002.)