All About Personalized Massage
Session Duration: 60, 90, 120 Minutes
Types of Techniques We Offer: Our massage therapist utilizes techniques from several different modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and reflexology to meet your specific needs.
Recommended: as needed based on condition
Price: Varies (See Prices)
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 72 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (43 percent) or stress (29 percent). Source: American Massage Therapy Association
Whether you’re an athlete, housewife or an executive living in Colleyville with a daily high demand placed on your body or recovering from an injury or illness, our personalized massage undeniably has some benefits to offer you.
Massages have been utilized for thousands of years throughout the world to lower both physical and psychological stress. And today, research continues to show that whether used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, massage therapy is an effective way to help treat common conditions like arthritis, anxiety and chronic lower back pain.
The primary goal of Elite Personalized massage is to rejuvenate your mind and body by reducing discomfort or pain, while improving the body’s ability to heal itself. Our personalized massages are not only relaxing — they also help “lengthen and release muscles” that frequently feel tense and get stuck in uncomfortable holding patterns.
Let’s explore what, exactly, Elite Personalized massage is and all the ways it can benefit both body and mind those that live or work near Colleyville, Texas.
What Is Elite Personalized Massage?
Our signature personalized massage is tailored to you to help ease your achy muscles and rejuvenate your mind and body. Based on information provided by you during initial consultation our massage therapist utilizes techniques from several different modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and reflexology to meet your specific needs. Swedish technique will allow for relaxation while deep tissue massage involves manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints.
A person receiving a Elite Personalized massage usually lays on the stomach or back in one position, while combination of gentle rubbing and deep pressure is applied to targeted areas of the body by our trained massage therapist. The massage is beneficial mostly because it helps stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension, while at the same time lowering psychological stress and releasing “happy hormones” like serotonin and oxytocin.
Most of the times personalized massages normally focus on major muscle groups — such as the neck or lower back — along with joints and tendons that are susceptible to straining or injuries. Certain areas of the body that tend to tense up in times of stress, including the shoulders, neck and hips, can often benefit the most from this type of deep manipulation. Many people from Colleyville consider “sports massages” to be a form of personalized deep tissue massage, which involves physical treatment primarily to neuromusculoskeletal systems to treat pain and disability, improve muscle recovery and joint mobilization, and prevent injuries.
Benefits of our Elite Personalized Massage?
1. Treats Chronic Back Pain
One study that compared the effectiveness of two different kinds of massages for treating chronic back pain, therapeutic massage versus deep tissue massage (DTM) used as a part of Elite Personalized Massage, found that DTM treatment over the course of 10 days resulted in significantly better improvements in pain compared to therapeutic massage.
In this particular study, published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, therapeutic massage included techniques of tapping and friction, while DTM used “oblique pressure and a combination of lengthening and cross-fiber strokes.” All sessions were 30 minutes long and preformed daily, and all participants did not receive any other treatments during the course of the study. After 10 days, participants treated with DTM reported significant improvements in pain (lower back pain in this case) compared to those treated with therapeutic massage, based on scores using the Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Index, Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale and Visual Analog Scales. (1)
Other studies have show similar findings. A 2014 study published in the Scientific World Journal even found that DTM treatment alone had just as much of a positive effect on reducing pain in patients with chronic symptoms compared to massage and NSAID painkillers used together. (2)
2. Helps Lower High Blood Pressure
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that deep tissue massage had positive effects on systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure readings in adults with pain and high blood pressure symptoms. The study involved 263 volunteers with an average age of 48.5. Overall muscle spasm/muscle strain was described as either moderate or severe for each patient prior to treatments, which consisted of a massage between 45–60 minutes in duration. Results demonstrated an average systolic pressure reduction of 10.4 mm/Hg, a diastolic pressure reduction of 5.3 mm/Hg, a mean arterial pressure reduction of 7.0 mm/Hg and an average heart rate reduction of 10.8 beats per minute following massage treatment. (3)
3. Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Muscle Tension
Inflammation caused by chronic stress and muscle tension can lead to worsened overall health, longer recovery time, reduced immune function and cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure. Studies have found that massage therapy can help lower cortisol levels and even boost production of the hormone called oxytocin, which relaxes the body and has soothing effects. (4) Oxytocin is the primary hormone responsible for sustaining social bonds in humans and increasing motivation for cooperative behaviors, which is why it’s often called the “cuddle hormone” and known to be released during hugs, birth, social bonding and from touch.
Several mechanisms for deep massage’s natural stress-relieving effects include its ability to dilate blood vessels and also lower activity of the limbic system (including the hypothalamus), which is responsible for autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol secretion. Massage has been shown to improve relaxation by boosting activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by heart rate, blood pressure and heart rate variability. (5, 6)
4. Breaks Up Scar Tissue
Deep tissue technique is often utilized following injuries to help break up newly forming scar tissue that can make recovery more difficult and lead to stiffness. Elite Personalized massage has been shown to help reduce inflammation and muscle spasms by stimulating blood flow, loosening up muscles to allow for more oxygen and also helping reduce the nervous system’s automatic stress response.
Following injury, and especially if it’s also a very stressful time, inflammation can prevent proper blood flow from reaching damaged tissue and can cut off vital nutrients and oxygen. This can cause toxins to accumulate around damaged tissue, which only increases swelling and pain. Some studies have found that even self-administered massage can help reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis and other injuries. (10)
5. Improves Athletic Recovery and Performance
Research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness reported findings of a positive trend for deep tissue massages in regard to improved athletic recovery and performance. The most beneficial aspect of Elite Personalized massage for athletes is considered to be part where we apply techniques often referred to as “sports massage.” This technique is commonly performed prior to athletic events to help warm the body and prevent injuries or immediately after to improve recovery.
The report showed that the science of sports massage has become of growing interest to athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and sports physiologists. Studies show that deep tissue massages can help improve lactate clearance, delayed onset of muscle soreness, muscle fatigue, injury prevention and injury treatment. (11)
The researchers also note there are psychological benefits for athletes receiving massages, which other research shows can include improved focus and confidence. Although more research is still needed on a long-term scale, both tissue healing and the psychological effects of massages are areas that seem promising for both professional and recreational athletes in Colleyville area.
6. Reduces Arthritis Symptoms
Elite Personalized massage is often used to relieve common symptoms of many types of arthritis, including chronic joint pain, stiffness, anxiety, limited range of motion in joints and trouble sleeping. Firm massages can be used daily for natural relief, whether performed by a professional or by the patient themselves.
Research shows that firmer massages with more pressure can result in a significant reduction in arthritis pain compared to lighter massages. Lighter massage tends to be arousing (not relaxing) because often the heart rate goes up. However, with moderate pressure, heart rate usually goes down, and this stimulates relaxation and reduced tension. (11 )
Precautions for any Deep Tissue Massages
A big part of Elite Personalized Massage is a deep tissue massage which may not be best suited for everyone, and it’s very important to have it done by a well-trained therapist. If you’re living around Colleyville and actively healing from surgery, have nerve damage or an existing injury, you’re wearing a cast or brace, then talk to your doctor before seeking a massage therapist. Although it’s rare, massages that are poorly performed can sometimes cause increased pain, inflammation and other complications in high-risk patients. (12)
Final Thoughts on Elite Personalized Massage
- It uses many massage techniques utilize combination of soft and firm, manipulative practices that uses pressure and movement to release deep layers of tissue, including tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
- Combined with Swedish massage or relaxation massage, deep tissue massage uses more pressure, is usually slower and can last for a longer duration.
- The benefits of Elite Personalized massage include releasing chronic muscle tension, lowering spasms, treating anxiety, reducing arthritis symptoms, lowering blood pressure and improving recovery from injuries.
- Call our office with any questions or schedule your appointment online.