Fix It With Massage – South Beach Style

Fix It With Massage – South Beach Style

The Hidden Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massages are more than just occasional indulgences. Sure, they are staples while you relax while on vacation, but massage therapy is also a proven health and mood treatment found to remedy a host of chronic health problems, from blood pressure to PMS and everything in between. Take a moment to consider read these six additional hidden health benefits, which are bound to motivate you to book a massage today.  The best part?  When you’re ready, McAllister Spa can book most massage requests within an hour.

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Massage Soothes Anxiety & Depression

Feeling less than your usual spunky self? A relaxing Swedish massage, characterized by long, soothing strokes, has been clinically proven to trigger the release of feel-good chemicals oxytocin and serotonin in the brain, giving your mood an instant boost.

Bonus benefits: massage also decreases production of stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure and slows an overactive heart rate to encourage lasting effects.

Massage Improves Sleep Quality

Turns out resting easy is as simple as booking a massage. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need convincing that regular sessions have been proven to regulate a less than perfect sleep cycle. Recent studies examining this link credit massages’ effect with significantly and positively enhancing the quality and duration of delta waves, AKA the ones most responsible for your deep sleep.

Massage Boosts Immunity

We know you have much better things to do than nurse a cold in bed. Turns out a good old-fashioned rubdown is just what the doctor ordered. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found people who received a 45-minute massage saw an increase in white blood cells, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.

Massage Counteracts All That Sitting Around

Desk jockeys- this one’s for you. With a majority of the day spent slumped over a keyboard, sedentary desk workers are the most susceptible to postural stress.  This condition manifests itself in the form of pain and weakness in the low back and behind, as well as tension in the shoulders and neck, and massage can help remedy the negative effects of office work. Luckily, (because hunchbacks aren’t a good look for anyone) targeted massage therapy can help you regain structural alignment and have been shown to counteract the imbalance caused by #DeskLife.

Massage Relieves Headache

When life’s got your brain in a death grip you just can’t seem to shake, science says a spa session is in order. Recent research from Granada University found that a single session of massage therapy had an immediate effect on perceived pain in people with chronic tension headaches and has also been proven to decrease the frequency and severity of episodes.

Massage Beats PMS

This health benefit is just for the ladies (and probably the lucky gentleman by your side as well)! A recent study conducted by the University of Miami found that regular massage sessions effectively wiped away common culprits of PMS. Say buh-bye to mood swings, bloating, headaches and menstrual-related weight gain for good.

Massage 101: What Modality Is Right For Me?

Massage 101: What Modality Is Right For Me?

Read on to Get the Lowdown Before Your Next Rubdown

With so many techniques and so little time, choosing the massage style to suit your needs can be a challenge. From stress-melting to tension-busting and everything in between, the art of massage therapy has long been revered for its ability to keep the body and mind at peak performance. Variations in pressure, technique, areas of focus and desired outcome set the various massage styles apart, but which one is right for you? We’ve put together a quick guide help you figure out which massage style best suits your needs.

Read on to get the lowdown before your next rubdown.

South Beach Swedish Deep Tissue Massage

Swedish Massage

Best for: Relaxation, stress relief, first massage

The most common form of massage therapy, the Swedish massage is designed to warm up the muscle tissue to release toxins, tension and general soreness. The therapist will use hands, fingers and sometimes forearms to perform long, gentle, soothing strokes with light to medium pressure.

The Swedish massage is revered for its ability to kickstart circulation and eliminate lymph and metabolic waste often stored deep within the muscle tissue. This technique is ideal for those seeking relaxation and first time spa-goers.

Deep Tissue Massage

Best for: Relieving acute tension

A deep tissue massage is much like the Swedish with an increased level of pressure. This technique hyper-targets deeper layers of muscles and tendons to eliminate toxic waste, blockages and tension in the body. Expect muscle-melting movements utilizing friction to generate heat and stimulate blood flow and deep kneading and muscle manipulation to release chronic muscle tension and knots.

Aromatherapy

Best for: Improving energy blockages

Feeling drained, lazy or grumpy? Improve your flow of energy while detoxifying the body by treating yourself to an aromatherapy massage custom built to cater to your mood. Aromatherapists interview each guest to determine goals for the session and craft a unique blend of essential oils accordingly to help relieve stress, ease anxiety or eliminate toxins.

Reflexology

Best for: Boosting immune function, stress relief, detoxifying

Reflexology is the ancient art of applying pressure to reflex points on the soles of the feet, hands and ears as an alternative health treatment, utilizing the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. Each pressure point corresponds with an organ and system of the body and can be manipulated to promote overall well being and release blocked energy throughout the body.

Sports massage

Best for: Preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance

Whether you’re sore from beach yoga, biking the MacArthur Causeway or jogging the sandy shores of South Beach, a muscle-melting sports massage pinpoints your most painful parts with deep muscle work to target problem areas causing pain and inhibiting performance training.

McAllister’s professionally trained therapists identify the exact location and intensity of discomfort and employ a variety of firm stroking techniques to break down scar tissue and improve elasticity to effectively increase mobility, stimulate blood flow and relieve chronic pain. Sports massages can be performed prior to a bout of heavy exertion to prime muscle tissue or after to flush the system after a race or sporting event.