Massage has been shown to reduce neuromuscular excitability by measuring changes in the Hoffman's reflex (H-reflex) amplitude.[90] A decrease in peak-to-peak H-reflex amplitude suggests a decrease in motoneuron excitability.[91] Others explain, "H-reflex is considered to be the electrical analogue of the stretch reflex...and the reduction" is due to a decrease in spinal reflex excitability.[92] Field (2007) confirms that the inhibitory effects are due to deep tissue receptors and not superficial cutaneous receptors, as there was no decrease in H-reflex when looking at light fingertip pressure massage.[93] It has been noted that "the receptors activated during massage are specific to the muscle being massaged", as other muscles did not produce a decrease in H-reflex amplitude.[91]
The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was the first time that massage therapy was televised as it was being performed on the athletes. And then, during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta massage therapy was finally offered as a core medical service to the US Olympic Team.[28] Massage has been employed by businesses and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, Boeing and Reebok.[29] Notable athletes such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James have personal massage therapists that at times even travel with them.
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This massage pad has helped me tremendously. I have fibromyalgia. This condition comes with wide spread pain, muscle spasms and nerve issues. Gentle heat with variable strengths and types of massage ease my discomfort. This is my second purchase of one. I bought it for when I visit family. The first one is several years old and still working great, even with daily use. I highly recommended this product!

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Designed to relieve tension and stress put on a mother's body during pregnancy, the Mother-to-Be massage aids in diminished hip and back pain and improved circulation. Enjoy the ease of a side-lying position for the ultimate in comfort. Note: This massage cannot be performed during the first trimester or for those experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.
According to research done by the American Massage Therapy Association, as of 2012 in the United States there are between 280,000 and 320,000 massage therapists and massage school students.[115] As of 2011, there were more than 300 accredited massage schools and programs in the United States.[116] Most states have licensing requirements that must be met before a practitioner can use the title "massage therapist", and some states and municipalities require a license to practice any form of massage. If a state does not have any massage laws then a practitioner need not apply for a license with the state. However, the practitioner will need to check whether any local or county laws cover massage therapy. Training programs in the US are typically 500–1000 hours in length, and can award a certificate, diploma, or degree depending on the particular school.[117] There are around 1,300 programs training massage therapists in the country and study will often include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, massage techniques, first aid and CPR, business, ethical and legal issues, and hands on practice along with continuing education requirements if regulated.[10] The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) is one of the organizations that works with massage schools in the U.S. and currently (Aug 2012) there are approximately 300 schools that are accredited through this agency.
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or how to engage in massage with a partner at home.

Deutsch: Ganzkörpermassage, Português: Fazer uma Massagem de Corpo Inteiro, Español: dar un masaje corporal completo, Italiano: Eseguire un Massaggio Completo del Corpo, Русский: сделать массаж всего тела, Français: faire un massage coquin à une fille ou à un garçon, Bahasa Indonesia: Melakukan Pijatan Seluruh Tubuh, العربية: عمل تدليك كامل للجسم, Čeština: Jak namasírovat celé tělo, Nederlands: Een complete lichaamsmassage geven, ไทย: นวดตัว, 한국어: 전신 마사지 하는 법, हिन्दी: शरीर की मालिश (malish, body massage) करें, Tiếng Việt: Mát xa Toàn thân, 日本語: 全身をマッサージする, 中文: 进行全身按摩

Specialized massage tables and chairs are used to position recipients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped head support that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable, while home versions are often lighter weight or designed to fold away easily. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning.
Out of all our outstanding therapists only a select few have met our demanding criteria to become a master massage therapist at Pure Spa. These few therapist are world class with decades of experience and there insatiable curiosity and passion for understanding massage makes them pioneers of their profession.  They have worked with pro athletes and have a request list running at all times. If you want a deep therapeutic massage by a therapist with 20 years experience this is it.
Finding time for each other, let alone massages, can be difficult for couples with busy schedules. By pairing massage sessions with quality bonding time, couples can accomplish two goals at once and emerge relaxed, refreshed and reconnected. A couple’s massage is a wonderfully relaxing, personal experience. Leave the ‘real world’ behind the walls of Le Reve Rittenhouse Spa. 

The Sacred Immunity Massage will boost your immune system with the power of essential oils. Get a head start on Flu Season by strengthening your immune system with Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Basil, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint & sealing the massage with Vanilla, Orange or Rose Essential Oil. These sacred oils are paired with powerful intentions & affirmations to aid in the creation of perfect health within the body. Warm immunity oil is layered into the skin, starting at the spine and ending with the soles of the feet. Steamed towels are used for compressions & the ritual of thymus thumping is performed. This massage can be tailored for each individual’s needs especially if there are sensitivities to specific essential oils. 

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Forty-three states, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces currently offer some type of credential to professionals in the massage and bodywork field—usually licensure, certification or registration.[79][118] Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia require some type of licensing for massage therapists.[119] In the US, 39 states use the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork's certification program as a basis for granting licenses either by rule or statute.[120] The National Board grants the designation Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB). There are two tests available and one can become certified through a portfolio process with equivalent training and experience.[121] Between 10% and 20% of towns or counties regulate the profession.[97] The National Certification offered by the NCBTMB does not mean that someone can practice massage in any state.[122] These local regulations can range from prohibition on opposite sex massage, fingerprinting and venereal checks from a doctor, to prohibition on house calls because of concern regarding sale of sexual services.[97][123] 

In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply. 

In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
Most types of massage, with the exception of some traditional Chinese medicine are not regulated in China. Although illegal in China, some of the smaller businesses are fronts for prostitution. J.K., anti-prostitution operation has established sting operations to combat the situation.[99] These are called falangmei (发廊妹 "hairdressing salon sisters").

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The ultimate massage for a client in pain who appreciates deeper pressure and wants results. This style of massage hones in on shortened, irritable segments in muscles known as “myofascial trigger points” which cause complex pain patterns and tie up our energy. As these points are held to facilitate their release, muscles soften and lengthen, energy returns and pain dissipates.
Each treatment is designed to provide restoration for your body and mind, and also make you look and feel the best you can. Massage can reduce stress and muscle tension, improve circulation, eliminate stiffness and soreness, boost the immune system, reduce pain and even help control one’s blood pressure. Couples who strive to practice a healthy lifestyle can enjoy these benefits and more together.
Your muscles are like sponges – when they contract, blood and lymph fluid are squeezed out, and when they relax fresh blood enters bringing fresh nutrition, oxygen, and immune cells. Increased blood supply also accelerates the removal of lactic acid and other products of muscle metabolism that contribute to cramps, muscle fatigue, and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Your massage therapist may also incorporate stretching and range of motion movements into the massage, which mobilizes the joints and places beneficial tension on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Experience the soothing satisfaction of a personalized massage and escape the stress of today’s frantic world. When you reach your very own two-room suite, you’ll be comforted with a peaceful ambience of relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll be able to customize your visit with our unique essential oil selection, adjustable table temperatures, iPod hookups, heated floors, and so much more. After you’ve settled in on your personalized visit, our professional technicians will then provide you with a massage tailored to the natural contours and nuances of your body. The power of human touch is an amazing, restorative thing, and our technicians understand how your body works and know how to alleviate tense muscles, uncomfortable aches, and pains, all while resting your mind. Review our massage packages below to discover the best body enhancement for you and schedule a visit with us.
Reflexology is best for people who are looking to relax or restore their natural energy levels. It’s also a good option if you aren’t comfortable being touched on your entire body. Reflexology uses gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet, hands, and ears. You can wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows access to your legs.
In Mexico massage therapists, called "sobadores", combine massage using oil or lotion[102] with a form of acupuncture and faith.[103] Sobadores are used to relieve digestive system problems as well as knee and back pain.[102][103] Many of these therapists work out of the back of a truck, with just a curtain for privacy.[103] By learning additional holistic healer's skills in addition to massage, the practitioner may become a curandero.[104]

Middle-Ages: Medical knowledge, including that of massage, made its way from Rome to Persia in the Middle Ages.[citation needed] Many of Galen's manuscripts, for instance, were collected and translated by Hunayn ibn Ishaq in the 9th century. Later in the 11th century copies were translated back into Latin, and again in the 15th and 16th centuries, when they helped enlighten European scholars as to the achievements of the Ancient Greeks. This renewal of the Galenic tradition during the Renaissance played a very important part in the rise of modern science.

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Since so much tension accumulates in shoulder, chest, and neck muscles, it’s no wonder that our breathing becomes restricted when we’re stressed. As you relax further into the massage and your breathing deepens and evens out, your massage therapist can work into tense muscles to reduce tightness in muscles that assist respiration. If you ask, your MT can also massage the intercostal muscles between the ribs that are important to natural and effortless breathing.

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Prenatal massage uses mild pressure similar to Swedish massage. The therapist will focus on areas such as your lower back, hips, and legs. You can be fully or partially undressed depending on your comfort level. During the massage, you’ll either lie on your side or on a specially designed table with a cutout for your belly. If you’ve had pain in your calves or other parts of your leg, see a doctor before you have a massage.
Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage.[10] A 2015 Cochrane Review concluded that there is very little evidence that massage is an effective treatment for lower back pain.[88] A meta-analysis conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign failed to find a statistically significant reduction in pain immediately following treatment.[80] Weak evidence suggests that massage may improve pain in the short term for people with acute, sub-acute, and chronic lower back pain.[88]

The Sacred Immunity Massage will boost your immune system with the power of essential oils. Get a head start on Flu Season by strengthening your immune system with Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Basil, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint & sealing the massage with Vanilla, Orange or Rose Essential Oil. These sacred oils are paired with powerful intentions & affirmations to aid in the creation of perfect health within the body. Warm immunity oil is layered into the skin, starting at the spine and ending with the soles of the feet. Steamed towels are used for compressions & the ritual of thymus thumping is performed. This massage can be tailored for each individual’s needs especially if there are sensitivities to specific essential oils.


In addition to our famous couples massage, we also offer plenty of other services and spa specials. For instance, we offer a special on our Contrast Massage Therapy Service. You enjoy both the therapeutic benefits of hot and cold in order to help your blood vessels, muscles, and connecting tissue both contract and relax. This sort of therapy helps your body detox and is a great source of pain relief for athletes or anybody who suffers from aches and pains.
Finding time for each other, let alone massages, can be difficult for couples with busy schedules. By pairing massage sessions with quality bonding time, couples can accomplish two goals at once and emerge relaxed, refreshed and reconnected. A couple’s massage is a wonderfully relaxing, personal experience. Leave the ‘real world’ behind the walls of Le Reve Rittenhouse Spa. 

Burmese massage is a full body massage technique that starts from head to toes, drawing on acupuncture, reflexology, and kneading. Signature massage strokes include acupressure using the elbows, quick gentle knocking of acupressure points, and slow kneading of tight muscles. The massage is aimed to improve blood circulation and quality of sleep, while at the same time help to promote better skin quality.
Reflexology also known as "zone therapy", is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific[57] system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.[58]
If you’re dreaming of warmer weather and tropical breezes this winter, Oasis has the massage for you! This luxurious 90 minute treatment includes a relaxing 60 minute aromatherapy massage with a nourishing coconut monoi oil that will whisk your senses off to that perfect beach destination. Just in case it doesn’t feel real enough and you can’t quite feel the sand beneath your feet…30 minutes is devoted to a vigorous frangipani salt glow exclusively for those tired feet followed by our Heavenly Foot Add-on, which is a soothing hot oil application held in place with heated booties after which the rich coconut, shea butter and jojoba oil blend is massaged into the skin leaving feet feeling beach buffed and rejuvenated. So come in from the cold this winter and take a sensory journey to the tropics!

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