If you’ve ever received a massage, you know the feeling of pure bliss that comes from an uninterrupted hour of peace and quiet while all your tension is worked away. But how exactly do massages help relieve stress?
Mental stress is caused by a hormone called cortisol, which also plays a role in feelings of anxiety and depression. Oftentimes, you might not notice how your everyday stress is affecting your body, but many people carry stress in their necks, shoulders, and backs, leading to tightness, pain, and discomfort. Through both the relaxing atmosphere of a massage and the trained techniques of your massage therapist, both physical and mental stress melts away as your tight muscles do, too.
Reducing stress is just one of the many benefits receiving a massage has. Massage can help improve circulation, reduce pain, eliminate toxins through lymphatic drainage, improve flexibility, and give you a sounder sleep, among many other benefits.
At Woodhouse Day Spa + Boutique – Charleston, we offer many different massage options, each of which incorporates a foot cleansing ritual and essential oil treatment to induce deep relaxation. Our massage therapists use a technique we call touch with intent, which combines science and art focused on the relationship between caring and healing.
Wondering which massage is the best massage in Charleston for you? Here’s a breakdown of all of the different massages we offer at our spa!
The Woodhouse Signature Four-Handed Massage
You’ll be treated by two therapists in this indulgent massage, which uses seamlessly choreographed, rhythmic movements to induce deep relaxation through a full-body massage. The therapists will also use reflexology and incorporate a hypnotic scalp massage to create a sense of calm and well-being. Organic aromatic oil soothes the senses and nourishes the skin so you emerge feeling renewed and serene.
Therapeutic Stone Massage
The full body Therapeutic Stone Massage involves the use of warm stones with light to moderate pressure. Massaging with warm stones is a time-honored practice that brings deep, restorative rest. Your massage therapist will gently glide smooth stones over your body, providing warmth that soothes your mind and muscles, increases circulation, improves tone and induces tranquility and serenity.
Core Body Balancing Massage
Our therapists will help increase your flexibility and mobility using therapeutic stretching techniques known to take your performance to a higher level. These techniques are also ideal to assist chronic situations without the pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
This therapeutic massage combines trigger point therapy, stretching, sports massage, and other unique modalities to relieve strain, stress, and inflammation. Strategic strokes target muscle tension and increase circulation.
Reflexology Foot Massage
Reflexology is a remarkable ancient technique. During this massage, your therapist will massage the reflex zones of the feet to induce deep relaxation to the entire body by releasing the flow of energy. Your feet, especially, will feel terrific, and you will experience increased energy.
This classic stress-relieving massage utilizes long, flowing strokes to reduce tension, increase circulation, and induce relaxation. A Swedish massage is an introductory massage that’s great for unwinding!
Relaxing Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massage
This focused massage will help ease stress and release tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. A therapeutic blend of essential oils helps remove lactic acid and eliminate chronic deep “knots.” Your therapist will use knead and release techniques to relax the muscles and increase circulation. You’ll leave this massage feeling relaxed yet invigorated.
This nurturing full-body massage is designed specifically for moms to be! Using safe and effective prenatal techniques, the Mellow Mama massage will help with dehydrated skin, exhaustion, and puffy hands and feet. Special attention will also be given to easing lower back muscles and providing home care tips for skin wellness throughout pregnancy.
Whichever massage you choose to receive, you can be sure to leave your treatment feeling relaxed, renewed, and rejuvenated! From the moment you walk in our doors, you’ll be treated with friendly smiles, excellent service and an atmosphere of peace that will follow you home as you soak in the benefits of your massage!