Thursday, September 20, 2007

What type of massage is right for YOU?

By: Christine Pugh, M.A. Higher Education

Help yourself to a relaxing hour with one of the professional, licensed massage therapists at the Wellness Center and the Health Services Annex. They offer great combinations of techniques designed to help you de-stress from your busy life or melt away annoying muscle tension, aches and pains.

Call 407.823.5841 to schedule an appointment, or stop by the Wellness Center to purchase a gift certificate for a friend. Rates are $40/hour for students, and $50/hour for faculty and staff.

Each person's massage needs are different, and we have a wide array of therapies available to help!

Deep Tissue Massage
A Deep tissue massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It can be used for specific work or full-body.

Swedish Massage
The most common form of massage, Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Swedish massage is a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

Sports Massage
For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, during training and to expedite rehabilitation after injury. This involves compression and a variety of stretching techniques.

Electro Therapeutic (ETPS)
This is a non-invasive therapy applying concentrated low frequency stimulation to ancient acupuncture points, motor/trigger points and contracted motor bands.

Pregnancy Massage (Coming Soon)
Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep and calm an active baby. Depending upon where you are in the pregnancy the therapist may utilize reflexology, Swedish massage or very light shiatsu.

Seated Massage
This is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the neck, shoulders and large muscles of the back. Seated massage usually lasts 10 - 30 minutes and is intended to help you relax and improve circulation. college, mental health is as important as physical health. Massage Therapy is a great way to make sure that you are managing your stress in a healthy way.

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