Athens Medical Massage
A wide variety of techniques and styles are available to suit your needs.
A growing body of research confirms
the efficacy of massage.
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness. Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate; increase cytotoxic capacity (activity level of the body’s natural "killer cells"); enhance weight gain in pre-term infants; increase lymph flow and reduce edema; relieve and reduce certain types of back pain; and reduce anxiety and relieve stress. Massage can improve circulation, joint flexibility and range of motion, and has been shown to help those with chronic back pain, migraines, knee osteoarthritis and cancer.
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Swedish Massage is the basis for most massage done in the United States and can be used lightly to relax, or more deeply to release tension.
Deep Tissue This approach creates a greater sense of relief from chronic muscular tension. Muscular tension patterns can reduce blood flow and restrict the removal of metabolic wastes, resulting in the pain and loss of function. The practitioner’s treatment strategies are designed to break these muscular treatment patterns.
Trigger point / Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) – Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscle fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate the trigger points by applying pressure to break the cycles of spasm and pain.
Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain, that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD) is a specialized slow, rhythmic massage treatment designed to increase the movement of lymphatic fluid through the body, assisting the delivery of vital nutrients while aiding the removal of metabolic waste.
Hot Stone Therapy is a treatment that uses warmed stones to relax muscles and induce a calming state of mind. Typically, the treatment is done in conjunction with traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, and the stones may be used with applied pressure.
Massage Cupping An ancient technique, cupping is based on the common practice of Chinese cupping therapy. By creating suction and negative pressure, Massage Cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissue and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Pre-and Post Natal (Pregnancy) Massage During a pregnancy massage, the massage therapist will take extra care to make sure your body gets the cushioning and support it needs. When you’re lying on your back, there will be pillows underneath your knees and shoulders. If you’re far along in your pregnancy, you will generally be asked to lie on your side, propped by various bolsters. Pregnancy massage provides relaxation by relieving stress on joints. It eases neck and back pain, helps you to keep good posture and relaxes and provides flexibility to birthing muscles.
Life can be hard.
You deserve a massage!