- Massage therapy can play a vital part in your overall health and well-being
- It alleviates stress, improves circulation and relieves joint and muscle stiffness or pain
- Feel relaxed, rejuvenated and like a brand new you!
Some people think a massage is a luxury. But a massage is much more than feel-good pampering because it provides significant health benefits. Many people swear by regular massage therapy as a means to reduce pain and stress, and improve their overall sense of well-being. Anyone of any age can benefit from a massage. If you haven’t had one, you don’t know what you’re missing!
At Medical Skin Therapeutics, we offer 60-, 90- and 120-minute sessions that incorporate various massage styles. To discover the powerful relaxation of a massage, book your appointment today!
Massage Therapy Benefits
One of the most amazing aspects of massage therapy is how it uses the mind-body connection to profoundly relax you. Massage releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create a sense of calm and deep relaxation.
It also reduces levels of adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, the hormones that elevate feelings of stress and can weaken the immune system at high levels. By altering your brain chemistry, massage therapy lessens your everyday stress and anxiety and leaves you with a feeling of well-being.
Importantly, massage therapy also offers a broad spectrum of physiological benefits as well including:
- Improved sleep
- Faster recovery from soft tissue injuries
- Improved circulation
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Lymphatic system stimulation
- Reduced high blood pressure
- Relief from chronic back pain
- Relief from muscular pain, tension and stiffness
Why Choose Medical Skin Therapeutics for Massage Therapy?
We’ve been providing top-notch medical spa services to Ellicott City, Columbia, Elkridge and the greater Baltimore area for more than 20 years. Your massage will be performed by a licensed massage therapist with extensive experience in medical settings.
Massage Therapy at Medical Skin Therapeutics
We offer a range of massage styles to suit your personal needs. Each session incorporates elements from the following modalities to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re looking to alleviate chronic pain, heal a sports injury, reduce stress or simply bliss out, we have the massage techniques you need!
The most familiar massage style, Swedish massage uses soft, long, kneading strokes to relieve muscle tension. Both relaxing and energizing, this full-body experience addresses everyday tension held in your body.
Deep tissue massage
As you’d expect from the name, deep tissue massage penetrates further into the muscle layers to offer relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and tension. The technique involves slow, deep strokes and sustained pressure over the entire body, with extra attention paid to any areas that need it.
Sports massage targets injury or inflammation that results from repetitive movement in a sport – such as tennis elbow or shin splints. For athletes, regular sessions reduce the risk for injury, improve performance and increase flexibility. You can also schedule a sports massage after the big game or race, to attend to your hard-working muscles. It can be full body or a focus on particular muscles.
Table Thai massage
This style brings the benefits of Thai massage, which traditionally takes place on a floor mat, to the (more comfortable) massage table. Thai bodywork techniques involve stretching, pulling and rocking different parts of your body with movements that can feel similar to yoga. It’s used to relieve headaches, joint pain, back pain and anxiety.
Thai massage can also improve energy levels and flexibility, and can address the whole body or be used in conjunction with other styles.
In addition to the full-body massage styles listed above, our massage therapist draws on the following traditions and bodywork techniques to address specific issues.
Acupressure involves the massage of specific trigger points on the body to reduce pain. It’s based on the meridian system of traditional Chinese medicine, in which trigger points correspond with specific areas elsewhere in the body. For example, a pressure point just above the inner ankle is used to alleviate headaches and insomnia.
This type of therapy involves the gentle manipulation of the fascia (the strong, thin layer of connective tissue surrounding your muscles and organs) on the head, neck and back. It’s used to ease chronic pain and calm the nervous system.
This style of reflexology therapy stimulates lateral zones on the back called metamers. These bands are believed to be connected to specific internal organs and the sympathetic nervous system through the spinal nerves. It’s used primarily for relief from anxiety, back pain and sciatica.
Myofascial release is used during a massage to relax tightness in the fascia and is used primarily to relieve pain and improve blood circulation.
Working on similar principles as acupressure, reflexology focuses on pressure points on the hands, feet and ears. It’s employed to reduce stress, pain and anxiety and to improve your overall sense of well-being.
Trigger point therapy
If you have an injury or specific area of muscle tightness and pain, trigger point therapy can offer you profound relief. This highly targeted technique focuses on one or multiple sites on the body with a combination of broad, flowing strokes and intense pressure.
Elevate Your Experience
While you’re here at Medical Skin Therapeutics, why not give your face a little extra love? Many of our clients choose to add a medical facial before or after their massage. You’ll head home not only feeling relaxed but with glowing, fresh-looking skin too!
Book Your Massage Therapy Appointment
Life gets stressful. Give yourself the tools you need to meet every challenge with your best self. Massage therapy can offer relief from aches and pains, and improve your mental state. Ready to feel the healing benefits of a professional massage? Schedule your first session today!
Massage Therapy FAQ
Will I be sore after my massage?
If your treatment involves intense techniques such as deep tissue massage, you might experience what’s known as delayed onset muscle soreness afterward. It’s most likely to occur in muscles you don’t usually use.
Soreness after a massage can also indicate that you carry a lot of tension in that area. Reduce and relieve postmassage soreness by drinking plenty of water before and after your treatment.
How often should I get a massage?
The benefits of massage are compounded when you receive regular treatments. We recommend scheduling a massage once every 4–6 weeks. Your therapist will also provide recommendations for creating a massage plan based on your specific needs.
Can I get a massage if I am in pain?
Absolutely! In fact, that’s one of the best reasons to get a massage. Just be sure to notify your therapist of your condition. However, if you have or suspect you have any broken bones, see a doctor before undergoing any kind of massage therapy.
Do I have to remove all my clothes?
For most traditional massage styles, you’ll need to get undressed, with the option to leave on your underwear. However, if your session will consist primarily of trigger point therapy, Thai bodywork, certain types of sports massage and reflexology treatment, you can remain dressed. No matter what, your comfort is of the utmost importance!