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.

So What Is It Exactly?

Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

  • 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 repatterning 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.There are more than 250 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 non-forceful 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.
  • Please note:
    Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.
  • 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.Types of Massage that we offer at Fountain of Youth MD;

    • Swedish
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Sports Massage

Swedish Massage

    A Swedish massage is a system of strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, generally applied to large areas of the body, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

    Massage has been clinically proven to reduce stress-causing hormones in the body, and at the same time, increase hormones that promote relaxation.

    This is not just a nicety – it’s medically significant because many leading causes of death are illnesses that are heavily exacerbated by stress. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a condition that benefits enormously from reduced levels of stress . Other serious conditions that are greatly affected by stress levels include gastritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, and migraine headaches.

    Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, and Live Life Better.

Deep Tissue Massage

    A deep tissue massage is a stronger massage technique, recommended for relieving pain, tension and soreness that other techniques have been unable to successfully alleviate. Slow strokes and deep finger pressure are applied to the contracted areas of the body. As its name implies, this technique focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and tissue.

    A deep tissue massage includes the manipulation of skin, muscles and connective tissue, to enhance their function, promote well-being, and aid in relaxation.

    A deep tissue massage is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue, improve circulation, and speed the healing of isolated injuries. All techniques are highly tailored and individualized to each client’s needs and physical condition.

Sports Massage

    Sports Massage is Massage Therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular activity or sport. Massage helps your body recover from the strain of the activity, and adapt to the increased strain of continued activity.

    By stimulating circulation, massage allows your blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients more efficiently to all areas of your body, improving your overall health and aiding in the healing process.

    Massage improves circulation, range of motion, muscle tone and balance, decreases inflammation, relieves tightness and isolated muscle pain, and reduces stress.

    If you want to feel relief from a hard day of work, or if you want to prepare your body with a pre-event massage, book a Sports Massage with our professional massage therapists.

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