Research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more.
Massage has been shown effective for aches like low-back pain. A massage therapist can reduce the levels of stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system's pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal. It has also been found that massage can ease distress from migraine, labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia.
Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves -- those linked with deep sleep.
Massage helps ward off bugs by boosting your "natural killer cells," the immune system's first line of defense against invading illness. Cortisol destroys natural killer cells, massage decreases cortisol, so your immune cells get a boost!
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
*Used for pain relief or rehab, one to three areas can usually be worked.
60 Minute Massage, $65 ......... 60 minute cupping $75
*For relaxation or to work on a problematic area.
90 Minute Massage, $90 .........90 minute cupping $100
*Treat yourself to a mini vacation.
30 Minute Reflexology, $35
*A technique done using pressure to "reflex" points on the hand & feet that correspond to certain areas of the body to promote relaxation. Also available for 60 minutes for $60.
60 Minute Hot Stone Massage, $80
*A specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones to warm your muscles before the body work. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage.
Happy Feet Spa Massage, $70
*A 60 minute treatment that includes a foot soak, relaxing eco-paraffin aromatic, warm mask followed by a 30 minute foot and calf massage. Your tired feet will thank you!
Chair Massage, 15 min., $22.50, 20 min., $30
*No time for a full massage? Take a quick break and get a chair massage. This massage is performed in a seated position full clothed.