Massages provide a wide range of benefits, both physical and emotional. They facilitate blood circulation, release muscle knots and tension, relieve anxiety and improve your mood. We offer a variety of massages that incorporate different techniques, movements and pressure levels to achieve different goals. At Daniel J. Leeman, MD, we provide many popular and truly beneficial massages to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul:
- Swedish massages
- Deep tissue massages
- Sports massages
- Hot stone massages
- Aromatherapy massages
- Prenatal massages
The Swedish massage is one of the most popular massages to release muscle tension and help you relax. It’s a gentle, full-body massage that promotes relaxation by releasing muscle knots particularly from your lower back, shoulders and neck.
Swedish massage incorporates a wide range of movements including kneading, long strokes, passive joint movements and deep circular movements. These movements increase blood flow, stimulate nerve endings and provide deep relaxation. Swedish massage is ideal for you if you’re sensitive to touch, prefer gentle pressure or have muscle tension. It’s also suitable for people who are new to massages because it incorporates gentle and soft movements.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a deeper and more intense form of a Swedish massage, going deeper and harder to facilitate smooth blood circulation and release pressure from your muscles and tendons. The goal is to relieve chronic pain from the shoulders, legs and lower back, targeting your body's deeper layers and the inner connective tissues.
Deep tissue massages incorporate similar movements as a Swedish massage, such as kneading, deep strokes, circular movements and passive joint movements. However, the intensity of these movements is enhanced significantly. The level of pressure used for deep tissue massages can also be momentarily painful, so please feel free to communicate with the masseuse if or when the pressure is too strong. Most patients find this brief discomfort is rewarded with greater limberness and deeper relaxation.
You should get a deep tissue massage if you're an athlete, a runner, have sporting injuries or have chronic lower back pain or fibromyalgia. You may even experience a little soreness after the deep tissue massage, but the soreness will eventually pave the way for pain relief.
Sports massages are used to treat or prevent repetitive use muscle injuries, i.e., the kind of injuries you might get while playing sports. The primary goal of a sports massage is to facilitate muscular recovery, relieve muscle tension, soothe pain and help with relaxation. Sports massage can be done as a full-body massage or focused on specific parts of your body.
Sports massages include a broad range of motions, ranging from soft and gentle strokes to deep kneading motions and vibrations. Athletes often get sports massage either before or after a game depending on their specific needs, to avoid or prevent sporting injuries. Sports massages are ideal for athletes, gym-goers and anyone susceptible to repetitive muscle injuries.
Hot Stone Massage
Suitable for people with muscle pain, muscle tensions or stress and anxiety, the hot stone massage is done mostly hands-free, as the massage therapist handles hot stones, placing them around your body to facilitate smooth blood circulation, relieve pain and release muscle knots.
During hot stone massages, our massage therapist will place warm stones on different parts of your body for varying durations. They may also gently press the stone against your body, massaging and kneading your muscles through the stones. In some cases, the massage therapist may also alternate hot and cold stones.
The aromatherapy massage is suitable for people who want to include a soothing emotional component to their massage. During an aromatherapy massage, your massage therapist gently massages your body using gentle strokes, combined with aromatic essential oils. The massage therapist will describe each essential oil's benefits, allowing you to choose the suitable oil.
As the essential oil is kneaded into your body, it may boost your mood, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, release muscle knots and reduce symptoms of stress and depression. An aromatherapy massage is ideal for those who want emotional as well as physical relaxation.
Prenatal massages are the safest option for women who want to relax and relieve stress, muscle tension, and body aches caused by pregnancy. During the prenatal massage, the therapist will gently knead your skin and massage your body with soft and soothing strokes.
You'll lie either on your side or rest face-down on a special table with a baby bump cutout. The massage therapist will focus on the legs, hips, and lower back regions because they have a greater burden to bear than the rest of your body.
Daniel J. Leeman, MD, Austin Massage Specialists
Massage therapy is an art in and of itself. At Daniel J. Leeman, MD, our caring, professional and expert staff bring maximum release and relief in a comfortable environment that revolves around exceptional patient care and results. Help us help you. Pain free relief and relaxation are a massage away.
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