Amanda G Holmes LMT

Theraputic Massage & Energy Work

Benefits Of Massage

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Benefits of Spa Treatments

  • Hot Stones: The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
  • Aromatherapy:  The practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
  • Salt or Sugar scrubs:  Remove dead skin cells and leave you with a soft, and touchable skin, you may use it on hands and feet to achieve a soft, and a great smelling skin.
  • Paraffin Wax:  This practice has been used in massage therapy as far back as the Roman Empire, and, in more recent years, it's become a popular physical therapy treatment for people with sports-related injuries. Today, paraffin wax treatments are offered at many spas and salons, and these treatments are good for more than just softening and smoothing the skin.
  • Mud Wraps: Body wraps hydrate or firm the skin, or relax and soothe the muscles. May also help relieve tired and aching joints, ease inflammation, or help to "flush out toxins" through sweating.
  • Dry Brushing: This practice feels great and makes skin softer, but there are other benefits as well:
    Lymphatic Support                 Exfoliation
    Cellulite Help                          Increased Energy and Blood Flow
  • Hot Towels: Towels will be used to remove mud wraps and paraffin wax treatments. You may also choose and essential oil for your face or feet.
  • Reflexology: This modality uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points on hands and feet, which will encourage the flow of energy to the corresponding body part. This gradually helps to restore homeostasis (balance) and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, physically and emotionally.