Atlantis Spa offers a great range of body treatment and Ottawa downtown area massage service options for you to choose from. Swedish Massage, Body Massage and Relaxation Massage services are available. Each massage service is performed by our friendly, highly qualified staff. Whether you are looking to relax for an hour or have ongoing body aches or tight muscles that need some gentle Ottawa massage call or email us anytime. While Atlantis Spa does not at this point offer massage therapy, in most cases our spa massage services will greatly alleviate your daily discomfort. We will help you feel better! Should you need any assistance in choosing one of our treatments or want more information on exactly what is involved with a certain treatment please feel free to contact us; we will be more than happy to describe the experience. Book Online in seconds!
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There are few things more relaxing and enjoyable than a great body massage after a long day or week of work. Your tired and tense muscles will relax and your mind can take a break from the stress of every day life. Many clients at an Ottawa spa such as Atlantis Beauty Spa, will actually fall in sleep during the massage service. To make it more enjoyable add some candle light and you can start the service by fifteen minutes of infrared sauna. There are many other options you may try such as a hot stone therapy or a deeper tissue Swedish massage. Whether you chose a simple relaxation massage or one of the above options you will feel rejuvenated, relaxed and stronger at the end of the treatment. One hour of massage a week will absolutely improve your mood and help your muscles ease up from tension decreasing any muscle pain you may be feeling.
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Massage Treatments and Benefits
Massage is one of the most ancient type of healing treatment with a history as long as humanity. It has been practiced by a number of cultures for millennia. People developed a number of different techniques and procedures to alleviate pain, relax, enhance mood, help muscles and joint, heal injuries and more.
According to Webmd massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, if you need or want a massage, you can choose from among 80 massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles, limbs and other soft tissues with hands, elbows, forearms and fingers.
According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy Association survey, almost a quarter of all adult Americans had at least one massage in the previous year. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing so. More and more people — especially baby boomers — recognize the health benefits of massage. They choose from among many massage styles to get relief from symptoms or to heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions, and to promote overall wellness.
In Canada massage therapy is one of the most common and popular addition to health care plans and one in 3 adults have tried some form of massage treatment at least once. What is less understood by the general population is that the positive effects of massage only surface with consistent treatments, thus creating a plan is essential to get the most out of this healing method.
Here is some essential information helping you decide between the various modern and traditional massage treatments and their benefits.
What are the Best Massage Styles?
As with so many beauty and healing treatments massage styles can become fads. You may have noticed that different massage styles are popular at different times. This may discourage some to try massage as a serious healing treatment. And you may have also wondered whether each was just part of a passing fad or the latest, greatest massage technique? Even more important is how can you tell whether the latest style will actually help you? There are no single best styles of massage. There are definitely more educated and experienced massage experts and there are some movements that have specific benefits for particular ailments such as injuries or pain.
What are Massage Styles?
Styles used in massage therapy range from long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. Some massage therapists use oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists have clients unclothe for a massage, but some do not. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.
Before you can decide which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control? Or do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition? Before booking a massage, let the therapist know what you’re looking for and ask which style the therapist uses. Many use more than one style. Or the therapist may customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.
What follows is a list of some of the more popular massage therapy styles. The first four are especially popular.
Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits
The most common type of massage worldwide is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
The four common strokes of Swedish massage are:
- Effleurage:a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage:the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
- Friction:deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
- Tapotement:a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand
Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training — before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.
Ever gone to a county fair, music festival, or conference and envied other people getting chair massages? Passed by the chair massage section in an airport? Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to work at a company that offers 15- to 20-minute massages as a regular benefit. Onsite, chair massages are done while you’re seated fully clothed in a portable, specially designed chair. They usually involve a massage of your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.
In Japanese, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body’s vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.
During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.
Hot Stone Massage
For this kind of massage, the therapist places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.
Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. The massage, then, is expected to promote health and well-being.
During pregnancy, your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.
What Are the Health Benefits of Massage?
Many types of massage offer benefits beyond simple relaxation. Here are just a few of the health problems that may benefit from massage. Ask your doctor before using massage for any health condition, though.
- Back pain. More than one study has shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back pain. In fact, one 2003 study showed it worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back pain — reducing the need for painkillers by 36%.
- Headache. Another type of pain — headache — also responds to massage therapy, as shown by more than one study. Massage therapy can reduce the number of migraines a person has and also improve sleep.
- Osteoarthritis. In the first clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function. The control group had no such change.
- Cancer.Used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue,nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your immune system.
- Anxiety.A review of more than 12 studies shows that massage helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And massage increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
Where to find massage treatments that will help you?
As with any service you will have to do some search to find a massage expert that has the knowledge and experience to help with your particular issue. There are many massage therapist, sport massage practitioners and day spas that have very well trained experts in massage. Typically a day spa would focus on relaxation and back massage treatments while hospitals and sports clinics have the most focused treatments programs.
Reiki healing treatments. A Tibetan massage and healing technique for those looking to augment their treatments.