MASSAGE THERAPY

         While many people think that Massage is a luxury we at Active Life Chiropractic & Massage Center believe it to be necessary to improve a person's health & well being. Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft body tissues (Muscle, Connective Tissue, Fascia, Tendons & Ligaments) to enhance the persons overall health. There are many different types of Massage (called modalities) like Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga), Reflexology, & Aromatherapy. 

Massage Therapy is known to do more than make the body feel good. It actually makes the body achieve balance & health. Our Therapist tailors each massage to meet the clients needs and desires based on the overall preferences and comfort level. Massage is known to relieve pain, increase blood flow, & allow for more range of motion to name a few of the many benefits of getting a Massage. 

AYURVEDIC (ABHYANGA) MASSAGE

Trained and certified in Tamil Nadu, India, Joelle Khan offers the only Ayurvedic massage in Mead, Colorado at Active Life Chiropractic & Massage Center in north Denver.

Within Ayurveda, Joelle specializes in Abhyanga massage which is a full body massage with warm oil. It is designed to bring the subtle energies of the body into balance through the use of customized oil blends and touch techniques. It is both deeply revitalizing and relaxing whilst at the same time being gently cleansing and detoxifying. Ayurvedic massage uses liberal amounts of oils and it's recommended to leave the oils to soak into the body for 4-6hrs after the massage. 

It is a ritualistic massage in keeping with the 5000 year old ancient tradition of Ayurveda and holistic healing. During the massage, “marmas” or energy points are used to freshen and revitalize the body leaving you to feel light, energized and relaxed as you experience this traditional Indian healing massage therapy.

Each Ayurvedic massage is customized to meet the needs of your doshas. The doshas are the inherent intelligence within our body-mind system that is responsible for all physiological and psychological processes. There are three doshas and prior to the start of the massage, you will be asked to complete a short form to assist with determining your dominant dosha. Your dosha is unique and personal to you, just like your fingerprint.

ACUPRESSURE

    Acupressure is one of the many kinds of massage therapy modalities & is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies with roots in traditional Chinese medicine.   In fact, Shiatsu massage is a Japanese form of Acupressure therapy. Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or energy channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (chi) or as known in India "prana".   It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure massage therapy is thought to help restore balance to the body thereby helping to ensure good health.

 

         Benefits of Acupressure Massage Therapy

 

  • To relieve pain and reduce tension in muscles

  • Improve circulation and promote deep states of relaxation.

  • Alleviate Nausea, Vomiting, Motion Sickness, Headaches.

  • Alleviate neck and back pain, as well as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia.

  • As a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially of facial muscles. 

 

***Acupressure massage should not be considered a primary treatment for serious illness, and is not recommended during pregnancy as certain points are thought to stimulate uterine contractions. Pressure should not be exerted over areas with burns, infection, contagious diseases of the skin or active cancer.***

DEEP TISSUE

Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints. It employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of pain relief and is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia.

 

This type of massage concentrates on the deep layers of muscles and fascia in the body. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.  It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. 

   Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

 

  • Reduces Chronic pain

  • Improves Blood Pressure

  • Increases Mobility

  • Better Posture

  • Reduces Muscle Tension

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain and improving health throughout the entire body by stimulating pressure points that are found on the hands, ears and feet.   Based on the idea that there are "zones" or reflex areas on the  feet that correspond with all of the glands, organs, parts and systems found inside or on the body, reflexology is very similar to the concept of acupressure based on the energy meridians of the body.  A professional reflexology massage has been shown to stimulate over 7000 nerve endings and is available for residents of Mead and Longmont, Colorado.

 

       Benefits Of Reflexology

  • Stimulates nerve function

  • Increases energy

  • Boosts circulation

  • Eliminates toxins

  • Prevents migraines

  • Cleans urinary tract

  • Speeds up recovery time from injuries

  • Treats sleep disorders

  • Reduces depression

  • Relieves pain

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish Massage Therapy is the most common type of massage in America because of the level of relaxation that the entire body experiences from this form of massage.   It involves soft, long, kneading, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on the  topmost layers of muscles and joints which relieves muscle and joint tensions. Swedish massage can relieve muscle tension & can be both energizing as well as relaxing. 

 

Our therapist at Active Life Chiropractic & Massage Center in Mead, Colorado uses coconut oil as a base oil to hydrate the body but an essential oil can be added ($3 extra) and each oil used has different healing benefits. The amount of pressure depends on the client and their comfort level.  

    Benefits of Swedish Massage

 

  • Increased levels of oxygen in the blood

  • Decreased muscle toxins

  • Improved circulation and flexibility

  • Reduction in levels of the stress hormone cortisol

  • Increase in the number of lymphocytes or white blood cells that are part of the immune system

TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE

Trigger point therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travel in the 1940's and is also known as Myofascial trigger point therapy. It is one of the most effective types of massage therapy for lower back pain and is generally recognized as neuromuscular therapy or Trigger Point therapy. It aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular & nervous systems by allowing the sheath surrounding muscles to relax. 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.  Trigger points can cause referral pain to other parts of the body. Pain from trigger points can range from sharp, intense or dull pain. Trigger point therapy is also recommended for sciatica treatments.

 

Trigger Point massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The neuromuscular therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds. Clients are encouraged to do deep breathing and informing the therapist where they may feel the tender point or discomfort. 

 

The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury such as a muscle strain.  

     Benefits of Trigger Point Massage

 

  • Decrease in Pain 

  • Manage pain from chronic injuries

  • Improves Circulation

  • Decrease in muscle stiffness and tension

  • Improves flexibility

  • Increases range of motion

CUPPING MASSAGE

Cupping therapy is a different type of soft tissue modality used at Active Life. Cupping provides a mechanical sensation to the body which can have a very profound impact to help modulate pain and improve movement. Most soft tissue techniques utilize variations of compressive force. Cupping on the other hand provides decompression or distraction to the superficial soft tissue layers. This helps to promote blood flow and reduce sensitivity to the area.

At Active Life, we utilize cupping in a variety of ways. We offer cupping as an option for a portion of your massage with Joelle. Dr. Andrew uses cupping in conjunction with many other state-of-the-art soft tissue therapies to maximize your healing.

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