Advanced Body Therapy uses multiple advanced therapies – Manual Movement Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy, Neurokinetic Therapy, and even Infrared Sauna Therapy – combining these into the most efficient process of wellness and healing-promoting therapies you’ll find in the Lowcountry.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
At the beginning of the massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. The most common techniques include stripping which is deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs. Friction is pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers
Sports massage is typically limited to serious athletes, such as those who train most days of the week for a professional, collegiate or high-school-level sport. Also for hobby sports like cycling, running and hiking. These clients might use massage as a part of pre- or post-game warm-ups to reduce the likelihood of muscle cramping. Clients who are seeking to reduce muscle tension, monitor muscle tone, reduce muscle hypertonicity, increase range of motion and improve soft tissue function.
This is what comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
20 REASONS TO GET A MASSAGE
- Relieves stress
- Boost immunity
- Reduce Anxiety
- Manage chronic pain
- Help with fibromyalgia pain
- Reduces muscle tension
- Enhance exercise performance
- Relieves tension headaches and migraine frequency
- Sleep better
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Improve symptoms of depression
- Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
- Decrease stress in cancer patients
- Improve balance in older adults
- Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Temper effects of dementia
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Helps with joint replacement pain
- Increase range of motion
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’ve never had a massage before, how should I prepare?
Before your massage…
- The day of your massage try to stay hydrated! Water and caffeine free tea is the way to go. Also, a light snack before your massage is a good idea.
- Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol.
(Services will not be provided to anyone who we feel may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)
- If possible, wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes to your massage. The less you have to remove and remember to put back on, the better. Also, constricting clothing & high heels can offset any work done during your session.
Arrive a few minutes early to allow time for…
- Any waivers that need to be signed
- Using the restroom
- A thorough consultation with Jen
During your massage…
- Don’t resist, try to relax.
- Let your thoughts go
- Focus on the touch
- Remember to breathe. Try to catch yourself if you are holding your breath.
- Tell Jen if you get too hot or too cold.
- Tell Jen if she needs to use more or less pressure.
- Tell Jen if you would like her to move to a new area.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING:
"Jen's hands and fingers are magical! I received a one-hour massage that seemed to take ten minutes. Jen's care exudes from her pores and makes the massaged areas radiate. I highly recommend Jen to everybody." - Dawn V.
"The biggest reason I keep returning is TRUST. I am absolutely certain that I am provided the highest quality therapy, using her talents to the fullest. She is someone who sincerely cares for, and about her clients; it shows in her work. I am blessed to know her. Thank you Jen..." - Glenn K.
"Absolutely the best! Jenn is amazing, and is helping me fix multiple issues. I would recommend her to anyone for relaxation or treatment of injuries. We are fortunate to have her in Edwardsville." - Karen M.
"Jen at Harmony Wellness Center is amazing. She is knowledgable in several areas of massage and introduced me to Myofascial Release which has relieved my constant discomfort, I have to say I have never experienced such an effective massage treatment. It was almost magical how she was able to release the tension in the affected areas. I am looking forward to my next session. Jen is very knowledgable and intuitive at her profession. I was impressed with her passion to provide the best experience for her clients. If you are looking for a great massage therapist give Jen a call today." - Deb T.
"I've had many massages, but what Jen does far exceeds your normal 60 or 90 minute relaxation massage; she teaches you how to take care of yourself AFTER you leave her studio. Pair that with the perfect balance of warming ambiance and friendly professionalism and Harmony Wellness Center is the place to go!" - Hope J.
"The massage that Jen gave me complemented the work that my chiropractor did on my neck perfectly. Jen did not seem to hurry and really listened to me. I felt comfortable (not usual for me) and am looking forward to seeing Jen again soon!" - Mary S.
"I am a massage therapist, and Jen is my massage therapist. She knows what she is doing. Her work is exquisite, and totally encompasses the body, mind, spirit connection." - Jamie P.
"Had the best massage ever. Jen has amazing skill and intuition. Thank you Jen for a great session!" - Randy K