Here at LaVida, we set the standard for massage therapy excellence. We are a unique massage center focused on health, education and you. LaVida Massage therapists are professionals who have been uniquely selected for their expertise in both the science and art of massage. With such a wide variety of massage therapies available, we want to provide a great selection for our Ann Arbor clients, so we can help them select the perfect massage for their needs.
There are countless benefits massage therapy can bring to your daily life. Some of the general benefits include:
The Chair Massage technique focuses on the manipulation of the soft tissues on the upper body, including; the head, neck, back and the shoulders which are often the source of frequent tension. When seated in a specially designed chair, the therapist has easy access to the key areas, and the result is a very targeted massage - designed to pinpoint exact areas of the body.
The muscles of the neck, shoulders and back are subjected to daily stress and often these stresses can cause body tissue to become sore and stiff. A therapist often uses his or her elbows in conjunction with the hands to apply pressure to the affected regions and muscle groups during the chair massage. The result of this gentle manipulation of tissue is muscle relaxation, and the release of tension and stress.
As such, massage therapy plays a vital role in pain management and relief. Muscle knots (also referred to as Adhesions) are the frequent cause of aches and pains, especially in the neck. The scalene muscle group in the neck is often the origin of pain that spreads throughout the shoulders, upper back, chest, hands, arms and even the side of the head. Skilled therapists can easily and effectively target the muscle groups when the guest is in the chair as well as release Trigger Points, providing the immediate relief.
In addition to these physical benefits, therapeutic massage also provides numerous psychological benefits. While sitting in the chair, guests are both mentally and physically relaxed, experience lower levels of anxiety and improved awareness and clarity of thought. As a result, guests often report improvements in sleep habits as well as lower stress/anxiety levels following regular sessions. LEARN MORE about the positive physical & mental aspects of results of regular Relaxation Massage
No matter what your employees' duties are, the office can often be a source of stress. Presentations, deadlines, meetings and big projects can all cause the neck, back and shoulders to ache and stiffen. Corporate massage addresses this issue by making relaxation and rejuvenation part of the work day, leading to many benefits for both employees and the company as a whole.
Massage has been shown to relieve arthritis, boost the immune system, improve muscle and joint functioning and reduce blood pressure. These benefits make your employees feel better, allowing them to work more efficiently and miss less days of work.
Waning morale can have a major effect on a business's bottom line. Work-related problems like stress cost companies billions of dollars a year, but massage can boost morale and make employees look forward to coming into work each day. Relaxed employees are also less likely to feel anxious or hostile at work, which leads to a more positive and productive work environment.
Roman physician, surgeon, and philosopher Claudius Galen (AD 129 - 200) is widely recognized as the developer of an early therapeutic massage regiment (in the second century, mind you!) that would be comparable to what is now commonly referred to as a Sports Massage. Sports Massage is important for every level of athlete from cross-country runners to power lifters to football players. Before an event, sports massage allows for the player to loosen their muscles and after an event it allows the player to relax the muscles to decrease the chance of sports related stress injuries. Sports massage is also a key element in preventing injuries and also helping athletes recover more quickly from injuries. Using Sports Massage properly will help athletes maintain and even improve upon their conditioning. Three main types of massage are integrated in a therapeutic Sports Massage to maximize the health and/or repair benefits of it.
Over time, the body builds up unhealthy amounts of stress hormones in response to work deadlines, traffic jams, relationship problems and more. These hormones can cause physical problems, like digestive issues, headaches and sleeplessness. Relaxation massage decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain's chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood.
Following a massage session, most guests report feeling not just relaxed, but completely rejuvenated. This feeling is attributed to the release of dopamine and serotonin during massage. These hormones are responsible for happiness and feelings of overall well-being. Studies show that during massage, activity in the right lobe of the brain, which is more active when people are depressed, is decreased, and activity in the left lobe is increased. The left lobe is most active when people are happy, and massage kicks that area of the brain into high gear.