When was the last time you treated yourself to a massage? It can be so easy to talk ourselves out of this self-care activity because we often think of massage as pampering or consider it to be a luxury, but massages are about so much more than just blissing out!
We at Freya’s Lair Medical Spa are thrilled to be adding Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep tissue massage therapy to our list of services! And best of all? Right now you can get a custom facial and a full body massage for just $100! Our massage suite is located in a private room with many amenities to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Don’t get me wrong, massages are fabulous for your emotional, spiritual and mental well-being. With all the stress of everyday life, we’re all bound to get knotted up sometimes! That said, the benefits of massage go far beyond this and may be helpful for:
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
And the list goes on!
Let’s learn a bit more about the three unique types of massage Freya’s Lair offers.
The most common type of massage is a therapeutic massage, which is a term used to describe any type of massage that aids in the relief of pain or to reduce stress. It’s important to know that a therapeutic massage isn’t the same as a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage is a different experience.
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deep muscles and connective tissue in your body and help to realign them. If you suffer from chronic pain, are dealing with a new or old injury that has resulted in muscle damage, or have had reoccurring tenseness in a specific group of muscles—such as a stiff neck, sore shoulders or tightness in your lower back, this would be a great massage option for you. There will be more pressure experienced in this type of massage and it can absolutely relieve chronic muscle pain. To get the best results, we do recommend getting a series of massages to properly address all of the areas that need some TLC.
A less familiar modality of massage is neuromuscular therapy (NMT), or trigger point myotherapy. This focuses on the soft tissue and aims to stimulate skeletal striated muscle. This is a very effective treatment for back pain caused by damage to the soft issue, like a muscle strain or related injury, for instance.
The Swedish massage is much more common and is what I would recommend to first time spa-goers, or if you’re unsure about what type of massage might benefit you the most. Depending on what you and your massage therapist discuss, your Swedish massage can be slow and gentle or more vigorous. This kind of massage can both relax and energize you as your therapist uses long strokes, kneading and circular movements, and vibrations and tapping to give you the best possible experience, both emotionally and physically.
If you’re still unsure about what treatment would be best for you or have any questions, you can call us at 505.503.7381 and speak to our licensed massage therapist before scheduling your appointment.
In addition to the benefits listed above, more and more research is being published to support the idea that physical contact can actually ease symptoms of depression, lower blood pressure and help to improve immunity!
Massage therapy can easily set you on a path to taking better care of yourself and improving your overall quality of life.
I hope this post has helped you to put aside any negative or even guilty thoughts you may have had in the past about massage being an indulgent or self-spoiling activity because that’s truly not the case.
Receiving a spectacular massage is incredibly beneficial to your well-being and is just as important to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle as eating well and staying active. So, whether you’re recovering from an injury, looking for an effective stress-reliever, or are seeking to better manage a chronic health condition, call us today to book your massage!
Better yet, start self-care Saturdays, or whatever day of the week you can dedicate to “you time,” and commit to working in massage therapy to your routine! Grab a family member, friend or your partner and let the healing begin!