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
- 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)
Therapeutic Massage Techniques
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.
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
CLUB PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY CENTERS OF ATLANTA GEORGIA
Atlanta: 749 Moreland Ave #C-106, Atlanta GA 30316