The services of OLIVE BRANCES Aromatherapy & Massage offer you the following with the intent and hope of helping you or a loved one achieve optimal health and well-being.
STRESS RELIEF & RELAXATION:
Swedish Massage, Mehta Face Lift Massage, Aromatherapy Massage and Raindrop Technique all promote deep relaxation and the benefits of therapeutic touch. This helps engage the parasympathetic nervous system where the body is able to relax and perform functions vital to maintaining a healthy body. In today's hectic world our sympathetic nervous system (where our fight or flight/stress response is engaged) tends to remain engaged to an extremely severe extent making it difficult for the body to slip back down into the vital parasympathetic state where healing, repair, and non fight or flight related body systems (including digestion, reproduction, etc) are able to optimally perform their functions
REDUCTION OF COMMON MUSCLE TENSION:
A full body Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage address common muscle tension throughout the entire body. The relaxing atmosphere and the previously mentioned stress relief and relaxation benefits of these massages provide the perfect opportunity to manipulate the muscles, joints and other surrounding soft tissue at a time and in a way that the body is most receptive to.
The Raindrop Technique massage provides similar benefits but relative only to the back as this service is not a full body massage.
The Mehta Face Lift massage is a deeply relaxing massage. The mind and body become so relaxed that the chance of drifting into sleep is very likely. The smooth rhythmic strokes applied to the face and neck help to release muscle tension and free adhesions in collagen and elastin fibers. The result is improved blood and lymphatic flow helping to improve the health of your skin. Subtle differences you might notice include softened expression lines, smoothed fine lines, reduction of puffiness, and general lifting of the skin. A common comment after massaging only one side of the face is that the side massaged feels energized, awake, or alive as compared to the non-massaged side. A side benefit often noted is the effect the massage has on helping to open the sinuses.
PROMOTION OF HEALTH WITHIN THE BODY via THE USE OF 100% PURE THERAPEUTIC- GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS: Our Raindrop Technique and Aromatherapy Massage both incorporate the use of Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils. See the descriptions of these services for additional details.
REDUCTION OF CHRONIC PAIN via CORRECTION OF MUSCULOSKELETAL IMBALANCES:
In the Body Balance / Critz Technique session a series of muscle assessments are performed to help identify musculoskeletal imbalances. Manual therapeutic body work is then used to help correct any imbalances found. We discuss what might have created the imbalance and what can be done at home via self-care to help correct and maintain proper balance. Some muscle assessment is incorporated into our Swedish and Aromatherapy Massage and if imbalances are noticed they're mentioned as a courtesy and discussed briefly.
So what is this musculoskeletal imbalance thing?
The skeletal muscles of our body attach to our skeleton and give our bodies their form and shape. We're able to control the movement of our bodies by contracting and relaxing these muscles. Each muscle has an opposing muscle that performs the opposite movement. When the relationship between these opposing muscles gets out of balance (i.e. one is chronically shortened and the other is chronically lengthened) it creates an uneven pull on a joint or area of the body and thus creates strain and stress on tendons, ligaments and muscles. Over time the stress of this imbalance can lead to chronic pain, creating an environment ripe for injury, and eventually the possible need for repair to any tissue damaged or bone spurs that have developed.
By lengthening the shortened muscle and strengthening the stretched out/weakened muscle you can restore balance to the affected area, reducing pain and allowing the body to heal itself. Understanding why the imbalance occurred is helpful in knowing how much effort will be required to correct the imbalance and keep it from coming back. There are 3 primary reasons that muscles will become chronically shortened. One, if a muscle is in a shortened state for long periods of time (i.e. driving, wearing high heels, sitting at a computer, etc.), it will develop a memory of that shortened state and will not fully lengthen when attempting to return to its neutral position. Two, if a muscle is over used (i.e. from repetitive movements or activities) it will tend to shorten over time. And three, when the body experiences trauma or injury, a muscle will often go into a guarding/protective mode and will remain in that shortened state until some form of intervention convinces it to release.
Musculoskeletal imbalances contribute to much of the chronic pain people suffer from today. Unfortunately it is often overlooked and only medication and injections are given to reduce the pain and inflammation. Medications and injections are often necessary to deal with the severity of the pain and inflammation, but pain and inflammation are the body's way of signaling that something isn't right and there is an underlying problem that also needs to be addressed. That underlying problem is often a musculoskeletal imbalance and the related problems it has created in the body.
The Body Balance session is a very informative session that provides easy to understand/common sense knowledge that can be shared with family and friends. Having an awareness of musculoskeletal imbalances in the body and knowing how to correct them is a very powerful tool that can be used to prevent, minimize or even eliminate chronic pain.
• SWEDISH MASSAGE
• MEHTA FACE LIFT MASSAGE
• BODY BALANCE
• AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
• AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
• RAINDROP TECHNIQUE
• RAINDROP TECHNIQUE