Right-Now-Wellness, located in Richmond, Virgina offers many types of massage therapy. Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians all applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, we recognize that the benefits of massage therapy are varied and far-reaching. It is not only an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs but massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions. Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.
Based on these results, we’ve learned that the following conditions are improved with the help of a certified massage therapist.
- Lower Back Pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Immunity Suppression
- Smoking Cessation
- Depression, and more
As many millions will attest, massage also helps to relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
At Right Now Wellness, located in Richmond, VA, we offer the following massage types:
Deep Tissue Massage concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body and is recommended by many doctors as a treatment option. By using deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage is effective in treating a variety of physical ailments and relieving chronic muscle tension.
Swedish Massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. It is a perfect first massage or if you don’t get massages regularly. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness while boosting the immune system by decreasing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. Acupuncture and Acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture uses needles, while Acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands. Acupressure focuses on relieving pain, discomfort and tension.
Pregnancy Massage prepares your body for delivery by helping to increase elasticity and range of motion in the joints and muscles associated with childbirth. Pregnancy massage also helps to increase the blood flow in the legs, which helps to reduce the chances of edema, varicose veins and blood clots.
Thai massage was developed by Buddhist Monks over 2,500 years ago to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing.
The Skinny Massage detoxifies, tones, tightens and firms targeted areas of your body while reducing the appearance of cellulite. By using specific massage techniques on cellulite affected areas, the circulations is improved and becomes softer and releases rigidity over time, creating a smoother, toner appearance. By combining this massage with the Ultimate Body Applicator from It Works you will get increased moisture and get improved results. This herbal and botanical wrap treatment absorbs through the pores into the fat cell. It detoxifies and breaks down the fat in the cell, extracting fat and toxins into your lymphatic system, which is disposed as waste. The size of the fat cell is reduced, resulting in inches loss, toning and minimizing the appearance of cellulite. Most see amazing results in just 45 minutes! As much as 4 inches can be lost in one session! (For best results, you need to drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins. If you don’t drink enough water, the toxins will reabsorb back into the fat cell.)
Any of the above massage arts are available as a Couples Massage as well and make for a great addition to any couples therapy session.
If you are unsure of which massage is best suited for you, I would be glad to recommend the modality perfect for you. Contact a Richmond massage therapy specialist or certified massage therapist now at (804) 991-8669 or at info@RightNowWellness.com.