Maybe the effects of a go, go, go lifestyle are starting to take a toll on your stress levels. Or perhaps your muscles are stiff because of a chronic condition or a previous injury. A massage can help you unwind both physically and emotionally, and regular treatments will help support your overall health and wellbeing. Life Stiles Spa in Edmonton, Canada, offers a full line of massages in a luxurious and calming setting.
We recognize that each client arrives with different physical and emotional needs. We offer a completely customizable massage experience that meets the needs of each individual. Pop in for 40 minutes of relaxation or stay for a more in-depth 100-minute treatment. From scalp treatments and paraffin dips to aromatic steam showers, we also give our clients lots of optional extra amenities that can be added on to their treatment. Your complete relaxation is our ultimate goal.
How Many Types of Massage Are There?
There are a number of different types of massage treatments. Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and motherhood massages are all offered at our spa. We also provide reflexology services and romantic couples treatments. Although all massages offer relaxation and tension release, each treatment has a slightly different approach and offers different physical and emotional benefits.
Swedish massage, one of the most common types of massage, works to relax the entire body and release tension in the muscles. This treatment, which is sometimes referred to as a classic massage because it is the most widely practiced, involves rubbing the muscles with a combination of light and firm gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Other techniques deployed in a Swedish session include circular pressure applied by the practitioner’s hands, kneading, stretching and ranging of the joints, and percussion-like taping.
All of the techniques are designed to fully relax your body, stimulate nerve endings, and increase blood flow. For those new to massage, a Swedish treatment can be a great way to get started. Swedish treatments can also be a nice option for couples massages.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage, also sometimes referred to as therapeutic massage, involves more pressure and targets the inner layers of the muscles and tendons in your body. Deep tissue treatments are ideal for runners, athletes, and individuals with injuries. Patients with chronic pain may also benefit from deep tissue treatment.
Hot Stone Massage
During a hot stone massage, warm and cool volcanic and marble stones are applied therapeutically along with mint oil to stimulate the flow of energy. The heat from the stones has a sedative effect and penetrates deeply to relieve muscle tension. Like other treatments, hot stone sessions relieve the overall tension in the body and muscles while also providing relaxation benefits.
Designed specifically for expecting mothers and using specialized pregnancy cushions, this treatment helps relieve some of the physical discomfort associated with pregnancy. Motherhood massages work to improve labor outcomes and create a calming in utero environment for the baby, while also offering mom a few minutes of pampering.
Foot reflexology involves the application of various pressures to keep vital energy flowing throughout the body. The reflexologist applies pressure to reflex areas, a process that removes energy blockages and promotes health throughout the body. Derived from traditional Chinese medicine, this treatment works to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress while also enhancing your overall wellness. It also just feels good!
The couples massage is a romantic shared treatment that includes tandem massage treatments for each partner in our double suite. The style of massage offered is up to you. Select light pressure for gentle relaxation or opt for a deep tissue approach to address problem areas. This treatment concludes with separate steam showers.
What Should I Expect During a Treatment?
We ask clients to arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow plenty of time for checking in and beginning the relaxation process. We also ask clients to turn off their cell phones when entering our relaxation lounge. The whole point of your time with us, after all, is to escape your everyday pressures. We offer complimentary lockers to store your personal items during your treatment.
Most massages treat the entire body, including the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will begin either on your back or stomach and turn over half-way through the treatment. If you have a particular area of concern — tightness in the back or the calves, for example — you can ask the practitioner to devote extra attention to that area. You may also be able to specify your preference for light, medium, or firm pressure.
During most full-body massages, the expectation is that you will be fully undressed, although it is completely acceptable to keep your underwear on during the treatment if you wish. You will be draped in a sheet that the practitioner will adjust as he or she works on various parts of your body. An oil or lotion may be used to lubricate the surface of your skin and make it easier for the therapist to make smooth, long strokes.
How Often Should I Return?
For an optimum self-care regimen, we recommend that patients schedule regular treatments every 3 to 4 weeks.
What Are the Physical Benefits of This Treatment?
Many patients consider regular massages to be an important part of their self-care because of the many physical benefits the treatment offers, including increased flexibility, heightened energy, better sleep, and even improved immunity.
Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion
Massages help elongate muscles and open up and lubricate the joints, all of which bolsters flexibility and gives you a broader range of fluid motion. This increased flexibility can help with athletic endeavors or everyday activity. It can also help with stability in older adults.
Improved Blood Circulation
Blood vessels become dilated during massage, stimulating the delivery of fresh blood and nutrients to organs and muscles throughout the body. Improved blood circulation has a number of physical benefits. A healthy circulation helps keep migraines and other headaches at bay and ensures that oxygen is delivered throughout the body, giving patients more energy.
By releasing muscle tension, treatments can improve a patient’s posture. Treatments can also help relieve lower back pain.
Massages encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid and stimulate the production of immune cells, putting you in a better position to fight off colds and germs.
Treatments increase serotonin levels in your body, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
What Emotional Benefits Do Treatments Offer?
In addition to relaxing muscles, treatments also calm the nervous system, helping you to relax mentally and emotionally. These treatments also offer a host of other emotional benefits.
Massage treatments help clear the mind and relieve worries and anxiety. Massage can also play a role in treating depression, particularly depression that is related to chronic pain.
Research has shown that treatments release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which are mood boosters that foster a feeling of emotional well-being and rejuvenation. Basically, you will feel happier after a massage.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Massage?
Anyone seeking relaxation and tension relief is a good candidate for massage treatment. Stress manifests itself in many ways, and sometimes we don’t even recognize its signs. Irritability and the inability to concentrate, difficulty sleeping, headaches, muscle tension, joint soreness, and lethargy are all signs of stress that could indicate that you are in need of the physical and emotional relaxation a massage can offer. Massages are also ideal for those with tension in their shoulders, neck, or lower back and those with chronic pain.
What Should I Look for in a Practitioner?
When selecting a provider or spa and booking a treatment, there are several steps you can take to ensure you end up with the best possible service.
Understand What You Need From the Treatment
As you prepare to book a treatment, think about what you need out of the massage. Are you in need of deep tissue treatment for chronic pain, the relaxation of a session that includes aromatherapy, or are you simply looking to unwind a little after a stressful week at the office? Our spa offers several different types of treatments, and understanding your needs will make it easier for us to help you select the best service. Our team of practitioners also has broad expertise in the field and can address any concerns you may have.
Look for a Therapist You Can Communicate With
There can be a fine line between just enough pressure and too much pressure, and that balance is a little different for each patient. Each practitioner also has a slightly different touch. What’s most important is that you feel comfortable communicating with the practitioner about the firmness of touch and the comfort of your overall treatment. Our therapists know how to cater treatments to each individual.
Seek Out a Relaxing Environment
Relaxation is a big part of these treatments. In addition to highly skilled practitioners who are able to customize your treatments, we provide a relaxing and luxurious spa environment. Our spa features calming decor, aromatic scents, and comfortable heated beds that will ensure you’re ensconced in comfort. Clients also have the option of having essential aromatic oils incorporated into their treatment. Trust us when we say you won’t want to leave.
Pay Attention After the Treatment
Your therapist may give you some tips for appropriate post-massage care. These suggestions could include tips for staying properly hydrated, aromatic soaks, and more. We encourage our patients to relax after a treatment, even if they leave feeling re-energized. At your next session, be sure to let your therapist know how you felt after your previous treatment. Our goal is to make your treatments as therapeutic for you as possible, and we can customize services for your comfort.
We pride ourselves on our ability to offer a complete line of massage services, each of which can be customized for your comfort and benefit. Our clients have the option of adding a variety of extras on to their treatments, including stone therapy, extra scalp or foot treatments, paraffin dips for the hands and feet, and an aromatic steam shower. All services are offered in our luxurious and hygienic 3,200-square-foot spa.
If you’re ready to take the first step to a healthier and more relaxed you, call Life Stiles Spa in Edmonton, Canada, today to schedule your treatment. We offer convenient appointments 7 days a week and plenty of parking. Massage therapy is even covered under certain health insurance plans.