The use of massage therapy is increasing in popularity. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, upwards of 63 million adult Americans have a massage at least once a year. While it’s been around for thousands of years, more people — especially Gen Xers and baby boomers — are recognizing its health benefits – which range from pain relief to healing injuries, to helping with certain health conditions.
As Felice explains, massage has given her life back: “I’ve suffered from multiple painful lower back issues from my cervical to my sacral vertebrae. My pain management doctor recommended frequent massages. The massages at Woman’s Spa have helped me through such misery and pain and have given me more mobility and pain free days than I imagined. These problems may never disappear but I have promised myself to take care of my body and keep scheduling massages on a regular basis.”
At its core, massage is all about pressure, movement, and techniques. Pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. It can be especially beneficial in relieving soreness.
Naoko talks about seeking a holistic solution: “I have a history of injury on my right shoulder and I needed something to help ease soreness without the use of medications. That is where massage therapy really worked for me. The aches and soreness in my neck, back and/or arms are gone when I leave Woman’s. I’ve been using Woman’s services for years and am now a monthly spa membership client.”
Massage therapy works for relaxation and health benefits for the following conditions:
- Back pain: reduces soreness and pain
- Headache: reduces the number of migraines and improves sleep
- Arthritis: reduces pain and stiffness, and improves function. Discounted rates are available with doctor’s orders indicating a diagnosis of arthritis.
- Cancer: reduces pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea or depression
- Pregnancy: Woman’s Center for Wellness has a special massage table that allows women to lie comfortably on their stomach while suspending their belly through an opening in the table.
“Each massage therapist at Woman’s Spa has a somewhat different way of massage. Our bodies all need the kindly care of massage from time to time. My suggestion is that you coordinate with her to find out the right type of massage for you,” says Naoko.
Woman’s offers spa/massage memberships for men and women from a trusted source in the community. Woman’s spa membership includes a monthly 50-minute Swedish massage and 10% off makeup & skincare products.