Relax & Relieve Your Pain with Therapeutic Massage Alexandria, VA
If you’re looking for a stress and pain relieving massage in Alexandria, VA, you have come to the right place.
Massages are great for relaxation, stress reduction, or more results-oriented therapy for those suffering from chronic muscle tension. Athletes, pregnant women, and everyone in between can benefit from massage therapy.
We are excited to announce that we now offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage, a treatment that strives to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove toxins. More information on this new service is available at the bottom of the page.
Continue reading to learn more about each of our styles of massage and discover the perfect fit to relieve your symptoms.
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Different Types of Massage Therapy: Swedish & Deep Muscle Massages
We offer two different types of massage therapy to ensure that we can provide services that will meet your needs.
A Swedish massage is a relaxing and reinvigorating experience. The Swedish style utilizes long, flowing strokes to increase circulation.
A deep muscle massage is firmer and applies more pressure to reach the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It releases chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure. This style of massage targets specific areas and may cause some soreness during and right after the session. This resolves within a day or two, leaving your muscles feeling refreshed.
Deep tissue massage benefits individuals who suffer from neck and back pain, as well as those who have other specific areas of concern.
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Pregnancy massages are designed for relaxation and relief from muscle cramps and spasms. These gentle massages alleviate tension, especially in lower back, hips, and legs.
For centuries individuals have been using essential oils for health. This aromatherapy promotes healing through scents from highly concentrated extracts of herbs, flowers, and other plants. The oils obtained in this manner have a therapeutic effect when applied to skin.
Our Aromatherapy Massage uses custom-blended essential oils to promote wellness and detoxification. Our therapists know how to mix aromatherapy oils to maximize their benefits, and we use the best essential oils for sore muscles, relaxation, and more.
Foot reflexology is an ancient, holistic, pressure-treatment therapy based on the theory that all organs and glands are linked to areas in the feet. It is an effective and enjoyable method of detoxifying the body. Benefits of reflexology treatment include increased circulation, reduced tension, and energy point stimulation.
Hot Stone Therapy
This is a type of deeply soothing massage, performed using smooth heated stones to alleviate chronic muscular conditions. Hot stone massage benefits include pain relief and detoxification. The experience promotes harmony, balance, and peace through acupressure and energy-balancing relaxation.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle treatment that stimulates fluid movement in the tissues by increasing the function of the lymph vessel system. When the lymph pathways become congested due to illness, injury, or surgery, waste products build up and may lead to swelling or other cell pathology. This can be relieved by massaging the lymph nodes with the appropriate technique.
MLD cleanses the tissue and initializes an immune response. It also calms the nervous system, and can promote an analgesic effect. MLD is the most effective treatment for lymphedema. If you’re seeking a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Alexandria, VA, give us a call today.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage FAQs
Q. What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a treatment that directly impacts the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a vascular system that filters tissue fluid throughout the body, removing excess fluid (edema), waste material, foreign matter, and pathogens. It then returns the “cleansed” fluid back to the circulatory system.
If this network fails or becomes overloaded, tissue fluid becomes stagnant, which adversely impacts health. MLD helps stimulate lymph flow and therefore, encourages lymphatic fluid drainage.
Q. How is MLD applied?
MLD technique uses very light circular movements which gently stretch the skin in the direction of lymph flow. The strokes are slow, repetitive, and rhythmical, which calm the nervous system. Note that this is not a typical massage, meaning is does not manipulate muscle. However, it does have an impact on the muscle tissue. MLD is performed directly on the skin with no lubricant.
Treatments can last 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The treatment always starts at the base of the neck, where the main lymphatic ducts are situated. These ducts are always drained first, then, depending on the treatment plan, the therapist will transition outward from this point, working with the direction of the lymph flow. During this time the lymphatic drainage therapy technique used depends on the areas of concern and their associated lymph flow pathways.
Q. Which conditions could benefit from MLD?
MLD focuses on draining the lymphatic system of excess fluid, calms the nervous system, has an analgesic effect, and helps boost immune response. It also helps to relax smooth muscle, increasing blood flow without increasing blood pressure. As a result, it can help with a range of conditions including:
- Inflammation (without infection)
- Pre and post surgery (including cosmetic)
- Post injury
- Wound healing
- Muscle, tendon, or ligament injury
- Allergies and congestion
- Headaches and migraines
- Scarring and keloids
- Skin conditions including acne and rosacea
- Digestive issues
- Pre-menstrual syndrome
- Swelling during pregnancy
Q. When should MLD not be conducted?
MLD cannot be used:
- when an acute infection is present (can treat after course of antibiotics)
- within 24 hours of an acute allergic reaction
- after recent thrombosis
- when untreated malignant diseases are present
- on individuals with congestive heart failure
Q. What can I expect post treatment?
Normal responses to MLD:
- Feeling of lightness
- Increased sense of well-being
- Sense of fluid movement, especially in the extremities
- Return of normal skin color
- Reduction in swelling
However, some individuals temporarily experience lymphatic drainage side effects, including:
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
Our practitioner, Alicia is trained in the Dr. Vodder technique of manual lymphatic drainage through Dr. Vodder School-International.