Massage

release toxins – soothe muscles – promote healing

Massage has been used for years to soothe muscles, reduce stress, and promote blood flow. Regular treatments will help the muscles throughout the body rest which will bring about a deeper sleep.

As a certified massage practitioner, Sue is able to assess the best treatment for you. Below are the treatments styles and benefits.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage is probably the most misunderstood massage technique.

Most people, hear “deep tissue” and think …this is going to hurt..”.

A lot of people say they love “deep tissue” when they really mean they “deep pressure”.

Deep tissue massage shouldn’t hurt. It goes deep enough into the tissue to challenge it, deep enough to get some slight resistance from the body…

Pain is a signal that you are being damaged, pain makes you tense up and the muscles actively fight the massage, limiting the value of the bodywork you invested in.

This technique facilitates very deep work that doesn’t feel deep at all.

We can always use more pressure… our job is to heal, not harm.

Remedial

Ever wondered what the difference is between a relaxation massage and a remedial massage?

A relaxing massage helps DE-stress, and  loosens up your body. This is a perfect treatment if you’ve had a hard week or feel like treating yourself to some TLC! The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles. It’s a pain free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.

If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you. We will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time, the treatment will not be painful and the results are definitely worth it!

So the difference between relaxing and remedial massage is relaxing and focuses on muscles that can cause problems. Conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, sports injuries and many more can be eased with a remedial treatment.

Pregnancy Massage

Studies show that a 30 minute massage twice per week, for five weeks reduces stress hormones in the body, improves mood and sleep patterns, and reduces anxiety and back pain during pregnancy. Women who received regular massages during pregnancy had lower rates of premature birth, fewer obstetric problems, and their babies had a lower rate of post-natal complications.

I work with pregnancy massages on a specially designed chair that supports the body in a very comfortable way allowing me to give attention to the whole back, shoulders and neck. If the massage is for longer than 30 minuets you will be propped up on the bed lying on your side allowing for pure relaxation. This massage will return you to your body.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage has so many benefits as you will see below, it is not so much a massage but a very simple movement to encourage the flowing of the lymphatic system.

Breast care: Because of perfumes, deodorant and bra’s, our lymphatic system can get clogged and blocked around the breasts and under the armpits. If you’ve had surgery of the breasts it’s important to make sure that area is moving freely.

Detox: At the end of winter, or after a period of high stress, the body will really benefit from lymphatic drainage. This will reduce the sluggishness brought on by too many starchy, high fat foods and too little exercise.

Headache: Most headaches, including sinusitis have a component of congestion that responds well to lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is freed up, blocked fluid moves, blood flow improves, reducing pain and discomfort.

Promotes healing: After surgery or injury, the tissue may be swollen and sore. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle treatment that will help drain the tissue, reduce inflammation and improve healing.

Pregnancy and after: There is often fluid retention in pregnant women and lymphatic drainage can improve comfort especially in legs and feet. Breast feeding will be enhanced by this treatment, especially when there are problems with blocked ducts and sore tight breasts.

Reduce swelling: After long periods of immobility such as air travel or lessened mobility, fluid tends to stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender.

Conditions such as arthritis often have joints that are congested with fluid, all of these respond well when fluid is reduced with lymphatic drainage.

Lymphatic drainage is such a gentle treatment, it is one of the most relaxing forms of massage. The cleansing and rejuvenating effects relieve stress.

Most people will notice improvements in their level of well-being after a treatment because lymphatic drainage has so many benefits. Keep yourself looking and feeling in tip-top condition with regular sessions.

Session only take 15 to 30 minutes depending on where you want to drain.

Hot Stone Massage

Great for the onset of cooler days

Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage this provides a healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Session are either $30 for 30 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes or $90 for 90 minutes

hot stones bring deeper relaxation

Cellulite  Reducing Massage

Cellulite is fat that forms under the skin, causing lumpy irregularities over the buttocks, thighs, abdomens and upper arms of most women. Men may also experience areas of cellulite. The fat deposits protrude into the dermis layer of skin, causing the appearance of dimpling.

Cellulite treatments include massage using vigorous massage technique to increase blood circulation, removing toxins and reducing excessive amounts of fluid in areas that contain cellulite.

The use of natural massaging oil in cellulite massage also promotes skin cell rejuvenation. Certain oils, such as almond and lavender oils are proven to repair damaged cells and promotes collagen production. Hence, massaging with these oils might make cellulite less visible. Besides, massage and oil application can help breaking fatty cells, which can slow new cellulite formation down.

Cellulite massage is definitely an alternative method of eliminating cellulite. Although removing it completely is impossible, massage may help cellulite to be less visible.

Deep pressure massage is used to help remove the toxins (be aware we’re not talking total miracles). Remember the more often you get the massage, the better it’ll work and the longer the results last.

Gua Sha Treatment
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes muscle soreness ,injuries and illness are in essence traffic jams of blood and qi. “Qi” simply meaning energy.
Performing Gua Sha involves taking a spoon or a specific gua sha tool and repeatedly rubbing or scraping the tool on the skin over the sore area. Sha meaning red splotches or petechial appear on the skin from rubbing the spoon or tool repeatedly over the affected area.
The real benefits of a gua sha treatment is two-fold:
First, there’s a marked decrease in pain. Second, an over wellness in one’s self.

gua sha encourages deeper toxin release

Deluxe Massage (The best of the best)

The deluxe of massages now available at Back To Health.
A 90 minute massage of pure relaxation and bliss, a mixture of Swedish massage and hot stones with aromatherapy oils giving you the ultimate in relaxation. With the heat of the stones you will enjoy 5 minutes of quietness, before finishing with a relaxing neck massage.
$90 for 90 minutes of bliss

aromatics, hot stones. the deluxe package