Massage Lees Summit, everything you need to know
We provide the best massage in Lees Summit! A massage from our spa will help to relax your muscles, relieve stress and boost your energy. At the end of your session, you will feel refreshed both mentally and emotionally and leave with a positive outlook!
What are the benefits of massage?
There are many different styles of massage. The question you should ask yourself is what you want out of your massage. This will help you to determine the type of massage that will benefit you the most. Are you looking for relaxation and stress control or are you trying to find relief from an injury or health condition?
It is important that you always let your therapist know why you are getting a massage, and if needed, you can ask which style of massage they recommend. Many massage therapists use more than one style. Depending on the need, your massage may need to be customized. This depends on your age, physical health condition, or any special goals or needs that you may have.
Massage is considered complementary and integrative in the medical industry. However, in recent years massage is being offered along with general medical treatment for many different medical conditions.
Studies show that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. In addition, some studies have found massage can help with the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders
- Digestive problems
- Myofascial pain
- Strains or injuries to soft tissue
- Sports-related injuries
- Stress-related Insomnia
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint pain)
Outside of the medical conditions listed, massage is enjoyed for relaxation, comfort, and connection. Regardless of the many benefits that massage has, it is never a replacement for medical care by your physician.
What are the risks of massage?
While massage is a benefit to most everyone, certain types of massage may not be beneficial for you. It is always a good idea to talk to your physician about the pros and cons of massage if you have a medical condition, you are pregnant, have cancer or unexplained pain.
What are the different styles and types of massage?
Massage therapy applies both structured and unstructured pressure, tension, motion or vibration to the soft tissues of your body. Styles differ based on the use of elongated smooth strokes, short strokes, and percussive strokes. There are many different types of massage however we will focus on the most common therapies.
- Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is probably the most common and popular style of massage. It is based on the western concept of both anatomy and physiology. This type of massage uses oil or lotion and starts with elongated broad strokes, transitioning to specific stokes addressing any problem areas you may have. Swedish massage is a full body massage that provides muscle relaxation. It focuses on relief for pain, promotion of circulation and the release of stress-related tension.
- Aromatherapy Massage: Aromatherapy massage is a Swedish massage that incorporates the use of essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion that the therapist is using. Essential oils are used to assist in relaxation, energize or uplift your mood. They give off a pleasant scent and are believed to assist in the healing process. Different oils are used depending on what condition you are suffering from such as back pain, digestive issues, headaches, insomnia, premenstrual symptoms and more.
- Hot Stone Massage: Hot stone massage uses smooth heated stones which are placed on specific areas on your body. The therapist also holds the stones while giving the massage. The type of stones used in this massage is most generally basalt, volcanic, stones because they retain heat extremely well. The heat from the stones helps to relax and loosen muscles that are tight or tense which allows the therapist to reach specific areas of muscle tension.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic type of massage that focuses specifically on targeting muscle knots (adhesions) as well as deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage uses controlled, slow strokes and friction going across the muscle grain. Deep tissue massage is more intense in pressure than a Swedish massage and focuses on chronic pain, strains, postural issues, and injuries. It is also helpful in treating issues such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and the reduction of symptoms caused by osteoarthritis.
- Pregnancy Massage: Pregnancy massage or prenatal massage is personalized to the needs of the mother to be. Most often, pregnancy massage is used for relaxation and to help with lower back pain and swollen ankles experienced in the later months of pregnancy.
- Reflexology: Reflexology massage uses finger pressure, kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing. Reflexology focuses on your hands and feet as it is believed the energies in these areas are connected to organs and other body parts. The application of pressure to the reflex points help balance your nervous system and stimulate your bodies endorphins (natural pleasure response). This type of massage reduces stress and alleviates discomfort.
- Shiatsu Massage: Shiatsu massage uses localized pressure that is applied in a rhythmic sequence on the body. Each point of pressure applied is held for two to eight seconds. The focus of Shiatsu is to stimulate pressure points which helps to improve energy flow and balance. It is used to reduce stress and stress-related health issues. Shiatsu is also used to treat arthritis, insomnia, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, sinus issues and to stimulate the digestive tract.
- Thai Massage: Thai massage blends assisted yoga, passive stretching, and pressing massage strokes. This type of massage is more geared toward energizing. Rhythmic compression is used along the energy lines of the body to reduce stress and helps to improve range of motion as well as flexibility. It can help in the reduction of spastic muscle pain in the back, treatment of balance issues and migraine headaches.
- Sports Massage: Sports massage focuses on the manipulation of soft tissues with an emphasis on select muscle groups, dependent on the sport an athlete plays. This type of massage generally uses faster strokes than what is used in a Swedish massage. Compression, pressure therapy, friction, and joint mobilization may also be incorporated. Sports massage is used to enhance performance, improve flexibility, treat injuries and help with increased blood flow.
What aromas and massage oils are used in massage?
Be sure to discuss any allergies to scents or plant oils. The most commonly used aromas used in massage are as follows:
- Calming/relaxation: chamomile, lavender, rose and geranium oil.
- Uplifting: ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, and neroli oil.
- Energizing: rosemary oil.
- Decongesting: eucalyptus, pine, and tea tree oil.
There are many different types of oils that are used in massage however, the most popular massage oils are as follows:
- Fractionated coconut oil: Fractionated coconut oil is a light, non-greasy liquid oil that does not stain. It contains medium-chain triglycerides and is a bit stickier than coconut oil. This oil has a long shelf life and is generally less expensive than other oils. This oil should not be used on people with coconut allergies or latex allergies.
- Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is a light non-greasy oil. It is extracted from sunflower seeds and is rich in linoleic acid (essential fatty acid), palmitic acid and stearic acid, all of which are components of healthy skin.
- Sweet almond oil: Sweet almond oil is by far one of the most popular massage oils. It is extracted from almonds and has a pale-yellow color. Sweet almond oil is slightly oily however it absorbs into the skin quickly and tends to stain. It is reasonably priced compared to other massage oils. This oil should not be used on people with nut allergies.
- Apricot kernel oil: Apricot kernel oil is similar in texture and color to almond oil; however, it is more expensive. It is vitamin E rich and has a long shelf life. This oil absorbs well into the skin and does not have a greasy feeling on the skin. This oil is a good alternative for people with nut allergies.
- Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is a wax extracted from the jojoba plant seed. It does not have a greasy feel and it does not stain, except for microfiber. Jojoba oil has a long shelf life and is absorbed well into the skin. It has no scent and does not generally irritate skin.
- Other massage oils: Besides massage oils, massage gels, creams or lotions. It is important to make sure that you tell your therapist about any allergies you may have to ensure the best experience possible.
- Avocado oil: Avocado oil is pressed from the avocado fruit. It is a heavier oil and is deep green in color. This oil is usually mixed with lighter oils such as sweet almond oil. People that are sensitive to latex may be sensitive to avocado oil.
- Cocoa butter: Cocoa butter is a rich oil that has a distinct aroma. It is solid at room temperature and has a texture that is heavy. Cocoa butter is usually blended with other oils or may be used for small areas.
- Grapeseed oil: Grapeseed oil is smooth and silky and is not greasy. Its biggest drawback is that it is the worst oil for staining.
- Kukui nut oil: Kukui nut oil is a light, thin and non-greasy oil. It can be used on all skin types including sun damaged skin.
- Shea butter: Shea a heavy oil and can leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It is extracted from the seeds of a tree that is native to Africa and is usually combined with other oils or used for very small areas. People with latex allergies should not use shea butter.
- Wheat germ oil: Wheat germ oil is thick and heavy and is blended with lighter oils when used for massage. It is rich in Vitamin E.
What environment can I expect during a massage?
The atmosphere and environment while receiving a massage can give you the best or worse experience. The atmosphere should be soothing and promote relaxation.
- Soft low lighting
- Soft soothing music
- Welcoming and relaxing ambiance
- Soothing or neutral colors
- Quiet atmosphere
- Comfortable controlled temperature
Let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable in any way so that your experience is the best that it can possibly be.
How do I prep for a massage?
To prepare for a massage it is best to make sure you are hydrated. It is important to hydrate before and after an appointment. Also, it is advisable to avoid eating 2-3 hours before your massage. If your massage is scheduled during lunch, eat light, so that you are not uncomfortable. We suggest wearing comfortable clothing.
What can I expect during a massage?
Typically, during a massage therapy session, you will undress or wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. It is important that you are at ease during your massage so only undress to the point that you are comfortable with. Most massage sessions require that you lie on a massage table covered with a sheet.
Your therapist will complete an evaluation to identify any painful or tense areas on your body and to determine the amount of pressure they need to apply. Depending on your preference, oil or lotion may be used to eliminate friction on your skin. It is important to tell your therapist if you any allergies to the oils, lotions, and aromas being used.
A massage can take anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes. This time frame is dependent on the type of massage you are receiving. Regardless of the type of massage, it is important that you are calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
If the therapist is applying too much pressure be sure to let them know. You may have areas that are more sensitive than others due to knots in your muscles. It may be somewhat uncomfortable while your therapist works on tender areas however it should never be painful.
Most important, relax and breathe normally. It may be helpful to imagine yourself floating weightless in a pool of water. You will get the most benefits from your massage if you are able to relax and enjoy the experience.
What can I expect after a massage?
At the end of your massage, you will spend a few minutes lying on the massage table before you prepare to leave. This time is spent to allow your body to relax prior to getting dressed. If you get up quickly it may lead to lightheadedness or dizziness.
Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The benefits and effects of massage are cumulative, so you will want to be sure you schedule your next appointment before you leave the Spa. After each massage, your body will feel more relaxed, and healthier. This means less anxiety and pain!
Above all, it is important to enjoy yourself. Once you have experienced the benefits of a massage, you’ll be counting down the days until your next massage appointment!
What is the cost of a massage?
The national average for the cost of a massage is approximately $60 per hour. Price for a massage will vary significantly based on the region, setting, and training of your therapist. Massage is not generally covered by health insurance however, it may be covered by auto insurance if prescribed by your physician and covered in some states by workman’s compensation.
Does a massage therapist require a degree?
Massage therapy does not require a degree; however, accreditation is important through an accredited program. Although many massage schools are accredited, there are many excellent massage schools that are not accredited. The impact this has depends on the massage therapy specialty and where the therapist is practicing. If you are interested in being a massage therapist, the best thing to do is to research the school you are interested in and determine whether the massage programs that are offered to match your career goals.
The cost of massage therapy training ranges from $6 to $17 an hour, with the average cost being $9 or $10 an hour. The cost variation is based on state requirements. A common requirement for states with massage licensing criteria is the number of hours of training, typically 500 to 600 hours. This calculates out to be $6,000 to $11,000 for tuition and certificate, depending upon location.
What are the Accreditation Organizations for Massage therapy?
If you are interested in massage therapy as a career and you attend a school that is accredited, it opens the way to receiving federal loans and eligibility for grants. Only students attending federally accredited schools are eligible for this financial support.
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS)
- Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
- National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
How many hours does a massage therapist work?
Massage therapists rarely work 40 hours just performing massage therapy. Typically, therapists will work 6 hours giving clients massage treatments (5 hours of massage with time between clients).
What supplies are required for a massage therapist?
To perform massage therapy, it is necessary to have the following supplies:
- Massage Chair and or massage table
- Massage oils, lotions, creams, aromas
- Basalt (volcanic) stones and a heating device
- Relaxation CDs and a cd player
- Most importantly, Training
What is the typical salary for a massage therapist?
According to the current occupational outlook handbook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for massage therapists is $39,860 per year. Salaries will vary based on specialization, location and years of experience. The top 10 percent of massage therapists earn more than $74,870 per year.