How long have people been receiving massage?
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Benefits of Massage
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Relaxes injured and overused muscles.
- Reduces spasms and cramping.
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Reduces recovery time from strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and reduces and realigns scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range of motion.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
- Contributes to shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessens the need for medication, minimizes depression and anxiety, and shortens hospital stays.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:
- Certain forms of cancer
- Some cardiac problems
- Some skin conditions
- Infectious diseases
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body.
Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.
What’s the difference between the different types of massage?
There are more than 200 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.
Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are often complex mixtures of holistic healing practices involving physical, emotional and spiritual components. The definitions that follow provide only brief explanations of many of the techniques currently in practice.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force (sometimes known as qi or chi) to aid healing.
Acupuncture is an ancient oriental healing technique based on the Taoist philosophy of balancing energy meridians within the body, thus allowing the body to heal itself. Fine needles are painlessly inserted at key points corresponding to body organs to relieve pain and cure disease and dysfunction.
The use of essential oils (which are extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation and help the healing of wounds.
An Ayurvedic massage is one part of the traditional detoxification and rejuvenation program of India called panchakarma, in which the entire body is vigorously massaged with large amounts of warm oil and herbs to remove toxins from the system. The basis for effectively performing all of the various Ayurvedic massage techniques is a thorough understanding of the primordial energies of the five elements: Ether, air, fire, water and earth, and of vata, pitta and kapha - or the three basic constitutional types (similar to the ancient Greek method of mind/body classification). This knowledge allows the therapist to determine not only which Ayurvedic massage techniques to use, but also how to customize treatments by selecting the proper oils and herbs, and the rate and pressure of massage strokes to maximize the benefits for each client.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., this manual therapy enhances the body's natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth - which make up the cranium - down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Techniques that utilize deep tissue/deep muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
The study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy related to human body movement, specifically the action of individual muscles or groups of muscles that perform specific movements. Applied kinesiology involves muscle testing to assess a client's condition.
This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause.
Polarity therapy is based on universal principles of energy - attraction, repulsion and neutrality. The interrelation of these principles forms the basis for every aspect of life, including our experience of health, wellness and disease. Founded by Austrian-born naturopath Dr. Randolph Stone in the mid-1920s, polarity therapy is a clothes-on, non-invasive system complementing existing systems with an integrated, holistic model. Polarity is based on the belief that positive and negative poles exist in every cell. The body is gently manipulated to balance the positive and negative energies. In addition to physical manipulation, blockages and toxins are eliminated through a cleansing diet and simple exercises. Treatments are suggested in a series of four.
Performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe prenatally, and during labor and postpartum periods of women's pregnancies. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology and emotions of the new mother, and may help her to bond with and care for her infant.
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. This bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.
Buddhist in nature, reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is the combining of universal energy with individual energy to open pathways of healing. It teaches that disease is not separate from the body; it is the body out of balance. Rediscovered by Japanese Buddhist and Christian scholar of theology Mikao Usui around 1921, this energy healing method involves placing the hands on or just above the body in order to align chakras and bring healing energy to organs and glands. The practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life energy, uses a passive touch that some clients experience with a warmth or tingling. The hands remain in position for 3-5 minutes, alternately covering 10-12 positions over the body. Treatments work by dissolving or eliminating toxic energy and substances from many levels of one's being, whether it is physical, emotional or mental. This works to strengthen the harmonic flow of energy within the body.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is designed to stimulate circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who will perform the massage or bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training. Massage and bodywork practitioners in Maine are licensed by the state. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality. You may also request your preference of a male or female therapist.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
How long will the session last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Can my massage therapist tell me why my neck hurts?
Massage Therapists, Bodyworkers and Somatic Therapists are not able to diagnosis health issues or prescribe medication, supplements, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice including orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine. It is always best to check with your health care professional to see if massage is appropriate for you.
Will my insurance cover it?
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered. However, therapists that are not directly connected to one of the above professionals may not accept insurance.
What is Brow & Lash Tinting?
Brow and lash tinting is the process of dying the brows and/or lashes, it is similar to dying hair.
How long does it take?
It takes approximately 15-20 minutes
How long does it last?
It lasts 2-4 weeks depending on how fast your brows/lashes grow, as well as how often you are in the sun/chlorinated water.
Can tinting lighten my brows/lashes?
No - to lighten hair bleach must be used.
What colors are there to choose from?
We have an array of colors from light brown grey, blue-black, black, and auburn.
Should it match my hair color?
Eyebrows should be 1 shade darker than your hair color. Most people choose black or blue-black for lashes.
What if it is too dark?
We have tint remover that can remove the color.
Will it harm my eyes?
No. The tint is made from a vegetable base. There is no peroxide, although you may experience some stinging if the product gets in your eyes.
What training is required to tint brows/lashes?
In Maine only licensed cosmetologists or aestheticians can legally provide tinting services.
What do I wear to my Facial?
Generally you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up. A wrap will be provided for you to wear during your treatment for your comfort.
Will my hair/makeup get messed up?
Your makeup will be removed during the cleansing portion of the facial. Depending on the type of facial you are receiving a scalp massage may be included. If so, yes, your hair will get messed up but as we say, "The messier the hair, the better the facial."
Is my technician trained and/or licensed?
Yes, anyone who provides skin care services in Maine is required to complete training and obtain a license. Your technician may be a licensed cosmetologist or a licensed aesthetician.
What is the difference between a Cosmetologist and an Aesthetician?
A cosmetologist in Maine must complete 1500 hours of training to include hair, skin, and nail services. An Aesthetician must complete 600 hours of training in skin care, therefore, they can only provide skin care services hair removal, or lash & brow tinting services.
What skin care line do you use?
We are proud to use 100% Pure in our green, holistic spa! 100% Pure means no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins in ANY of their products. To learn more please visit their website at www.100percentpure.com.
Will the products burn my skin?
Your skin care therapist will analyze your skin type and condition before beginning your facial. This will help her choose the best products for your skin.
Some clients may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation during the exfoliation portion which is normal, however, you should not feel a burning or itching sensation. If you do tell your therapist immediately.
Will I break out after my facial?
The only response we have for this is that we hope not. Unfortunately you can never tell what the skin is going to do. However if you have a skin condition that is prone to breakouts, your therapist is trained to use products that should calm this condition.
What is the best facial for me?
The best way to determine the best facial for you is to have a consultation with a licensed aesthetician. However, if you don't have time to come in for a consultation before your facial, think about the following:
- Are you oily upon waking or in the afternoon?
- Does your skin feel tight?
- Does your skin look like crepe paper?
- Do you have hyper pigmentation (Freckling or discoloration caused by the sun)?
- Do you flush or burn easily?
- Are you concerned about fine lines and wrinkles?
- Do you have a ruddy, sensitive complexion?
- Have you ever had a reaction to any product?
- Do you experience pustules/pimples acne all the time?
The answers to these questions will help determine the facial that is best suited to your skin type or condition.
Will my therapist leave the room during my service?
No. At Genesis Day Spa our aestheticians do not leave the room at any time during your session.