The effect of banya becomes even more significant when combined with a massage. Heat and steam intensify physiological effects of massage, and have much more power to heal than if used separately.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities.
Medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure and heart rate. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
We offer the following modalities in 30, 60, 90 and 120-minute increments:
|Swedish Massage||The most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation , decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion.|
|Shiatsu Massage||Japanese massage; energy meridians|
|Deep Tissue||Targets knots and releases chronic muscle tension|
|Sports Massage||A massage for athletes|
|Geriatric Massage||A relaxing massage for seniors.|
|Thai||Involves stretching and deep massage|
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