Massage Therapist Atlanta

Physical Benefits of

Therapeutic Massage

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy (no massage during first trimester)
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems
  • Helps post operative rehabilitation after injury

    (Source: AMTA - American Massage Therapy Association)

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Helps relieve mental stress
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Offers emotional benefits
  • Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
  • Fosters a feeling of well-being
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Creates body awareness
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

    (Source: AMTA - American Massage Therapy Association)

Various Therapeutic Massage Techniques

The Rub Club is Atlanta's choice for regular, affordable monthly professional massage therapy sessions. Please use this page to learn about the various types of massage therapy that exists, and their benefits.  The Rub Club offers many (not all) of these massage therapy techniques. 

Accupressure:  Acupressure is a non-intrusive means of gentle pressure along the various acupuncture points (also referred to as acupoints or meridians) throughout the body in order to restore physical and mental balance and health into the human body. 

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Active Release Technique:  ART is typically used as part of an injury therapy program to aid in the healing process of sports-related injuries.  With hands-on pressure to the injured area, emphasis on breaking up of scar adhesions and restoration and enhancement of range of motion.

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Alexander Technique:  Teaches individuals proper movement and postures during normal, unconscious everyday actions to produce less stress on the body, and to promote the proper level of effort needed to achieve the movements.  Improves the body's level of pain, balance, range-of-motion, posture and coordination.

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Chair Massage:  AKA "seated" or "on-site" massage, chair massage is done on a massage "chair" designed to cradle the client's face in a "face down" position, with the body comfortably resting on an angled padded surface, with knees and legs supported. Clothing is usually not removed.  Therapists typically massages any of the following areas:  the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.

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Cranial-Sacral Therapy:  Many health care practitioners utilize this soft-touch cranio (head) to sacrum (spine, pelvis) technique to improve the free-flow of spinal fluid in the body, with the goal of enhancing the function of the body's nervous system, organs and muscles and improve health.

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Deep Tissue Massage:  Relief of chronic (long-term) "knots" and adhesions that can cause pain & muscle tightness in the body.  Promotes release of harmful toxins and and to improve range of motion by progressive massage of the deeper muscles of the body.  Usually involves deep, firm, stroking movements that delivers pressure to the deep tissues of the body. Patients may feel some discomfort after the first couple treatments, but it leads to great long-term benefits.

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Facial Massage:  Relieves tension & restores energy to the face by increasing circulation. Facial massage gets the blood flowing to the face to achieve a healthy radiance.  Regular facial massages also promote tightening and lifting of the facial muscles, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.   Often referred to as an anti-aging treatment, keeping the skin looking young, smoother, firmer and more beautiful.

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Fibromyalgia Massage:  Fibromyalgia is a chronic health illness/syndrome where the individual has muscle, ligament and tendon pain all over the body in a daily basis.  Doctors often prescribe massage as a highly effective treatment to help with Fibromyalgia pain.  Using a variety of techniques, the muscles and body tissues are rubbed and manipulated to reduce pain, ease tension and increase flexibility of the tissues in the Fibromyalgia patient.

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Hot & Cool Stone Massage Therapy: A type of massage that uses rounded & smooth, heated and cooled stonesin order to relieve stiffness and soreness, and to restore energy to aching muscles and joints.   During this massage treatment, the heat-preserving warm stones and cool stones are applied by the massage therapist to balance a clients "chakra".   Practitioners also perform hands-on massage technique to assist blood and lymph flow throughout the body.

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Joint Mobilization:  Joint mobilization can refer to a bone or joint "manipulation" (when a bone, or individual vertebrae, is effectively and deliberately moved in a manner to release painful tension, improve joint mobility, range -of-motion and relieve stiffness)  Typically, manipulations are only done by chiropractors (termed "adjustments") and only physical therapists specially trained in the manipulative technique.  Joint mobilization also may refer to myofascial release or other muscular technique utilized to improve joint movement and reduce restrictions done by a specialized practitioner.

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Lomi Lomi:  a.k.a "Loving Hands" massage, originally performed by Polynesian healers.

Characterized by its very large, broad strokes, as well as two-handed stokes that use the forearms and elbows to cover a large area of the body and work multiple muscles simultaneously.  Performed to encourage the flow of love and harmony, and to wash-away harmful thoughts, memories & behaviors out body cells, and make way for more peaceful and beneficial thoughts.  Hula movements are typically performed around the table during the massage.  With unhindered positive energyflowing, total body healing is thought to have been accomplished.

Lymphatic Massage:   Lymphatic massage, a.k.a. "Lymphatic Drainage", is a gentle form of massage to enhance the body's lymphatic system, promote removal of unhealthy body waste & toxins, improve metabolism and to boost a healthy immune system.  It is believed that ablocked lymphatic system slows down the flow of "lymph", where unhealthy fluids begin to build up, causing fatigue and decreased immune function.  Lymphatic massage is performed to stimulate the lymph "nodes" to clear any blockages, freeing your body of toxins and to strengthen the body's immune defenses.

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Medical Massage:  Under the advice of a qualified medical provider, medical massage is specifically designed for individuals recovering from injury or surgery and need muscle rehabilitation.  Typically methods od lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy and joint mobilization and trigger point therapy are utilized.

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Myofascial Release:  Myofascial release therapy is done by hand, in kneading-style strokes that are designed to stretch, loosen, soften and lengthen contracted and adhered muscle tissue. The strokes are applied with gentle pressure, and held for approximately 2-mintues fot the stretch to have its full effect on the targeted muscle. The same stretch is performed more than once by the myofascial therapist until the muscle relaxes, and a "release" is felt.  The therapist will apply the myofacial massage in the direction of the muscle fibers to enhance full joint range of motion.  Typically done on stiff or injured muscles by a qualified skilled myofascial release practitioner.

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Neuromuscular Therapy:  The massage therapist will located the muscle(s) in spasm and apply direct pressure to the muscle for about 30 seconds with their fingers, knuckles and elbows to encourage blood flow to the area, in an effort to "melt" the spasm away.  Accumulated lactic acid buildup in the offending muscle is therby released into the blood, and dispersed from the area.  Sessions are described as painful "in a good way".   Post massage soreness is common, but has great long-term relieving benefits.

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RUB CLUB PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY CENTERS OF ATLANTA GEORGIA

East Atlanta:  749 Moreland Ave #C-106, Atlanta GA 30316      Tel:  404-627-2282

 

Accupressure
Active Release Technique
Alexander Technique
Chair Massage
Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Facial Massage
Fibromyalgia Massage
Hot & Cool Stone Massage
Joint Mobilization
Lomi Lomi
Lymphatic Massage
Medical Massage
Myofascial Release
Neuromuscular Therapy
On-Site Massage
Pre-Natal Massage
Relaxation Massage
Rolfing
Shiatsu Massage
Soft Tissue Release
Thai Massage
Trigger Point Therapy