LaVida sets the standard for excellence in the massage therapy industry. 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.
Even a brief massage can seriously boost productivity and problem solving abilities. According to the journal American Psychologist, employees who receive a 15-minute massage emerge from the chair better able to take on complicated tasks. Massage also relieves fatigue and stimulates creative thinking, creating a more energetic and innovative team.
Absenteeism is a significant threat to overall productivity. Employees who work in stressful environments may need to take a day just to relax and clear their minds. Corporate massage accomplishes that right in the office so employees are less likely to take time off. Less stress also means happier employees and better performance.
Effleurage is a Swedish technique that literally translates to "touch lightly." Unlike many other massage techniques, effleurage can be modified to work over large or small parts of the body. During the beginning and end of Sports Massage, Superficial Effleurage is used in order to soothe the body. After the beginning superficial effleurage, Deep Effleurage is used to apply more pressure to stretch and warm up the muscle tissue in order to prepare it for deeper massage.
Petrissage is the next step in providing a proper Sports Massage. Petrissage goes deeper in order to stimulate the underlying tissue where massage is applied while also increasing the amount of blood supplied to the area. Petrissage integrates a kneading technique that concentrates on only one muscle or small group of muscles at a time. Other common applications of Petrissage include skin rolling and picking up and squeezing the skin. Using these methods of Petrissage allows the therapist to work on individual muscles the guest is having trouble with during their Sports Massage.
Frictions are often performed for players who are injured or are about to undergo incredibly strenuous activities where injury is likely. By influencing cell behavior in soft cell tissues, friction massage helps to relieve pain from affected muscles by deeply penetrating them with several different fingertip movements. In more serious sports injuries, the frictions portion of sports massage is applied in order to help reduce scar tissue in parts of the body where build up is likely to occur. Because this type of sports massage is mostly used for those who are injured, it is important to keep in mind that integrating this technique into the Sports Massage may be painful at first, but will indeed prove to be beneficial in the long run.
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.