Whether you are looking to de-stress or pamper yourself, massage therapy is the go-to for many Americans. No longer a luxury for the wealthy, millions of Americans are incorporating massage into their personal health regimen.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2016 consumer survey, 50 percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2015 and July 2016 received it for medical or health reasons, while 28% had it for relaxation and stress reduction.
Massage continues to be more mainstream and accepted by medical professionals. As a result, the integration of massage therapy into patient care continues to advance. With demand soaring, so too does the demand for qualified massage practitioners. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 26% increase in therapists by 2024.
Massage therapy is a manual technique which manipulates soft body tissues to enhance a person's health and well-being. A therapist will most often use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, and feet. There are dozens of massage styles and some employ the use of tools such as hot stones and a new wave is emerging with those using the Amethyst Biomat.
Increased Blood Flow
Massage therapy can help to improve blood flow. Increased blood flow is a key element good health, as blood carries vital nutrients and oxygen throughout our cardiovascular system.
The Amethyst Biomat will complement any massage service with its gentle far infrared rays. The warmth will increase local circulation supporting our body's functions.
How the Biomat Helps
Every year, there are more therapists who are learning about the Biomat and are incorporating it into their services. The Biomat's infrared heat warms the body, relieving pain and stiffness and relaxing the body so your client can have a more soothing experience.
Gretchen Carrubba of Bodywork by Gretchen always uses a Biomat at her Tennessee studio. She even takes teh mini to her client's homes. "I feel the Biomat provides healing energy to my clients and it also affects me in a very positive way," said Gretchen. Like many practitioners who use the Biomat, Gretchen notices that she too receives a benefit. She says if she massages a client without a Biomat, her back and feet hurt. However, when she uses a Biomat, she does not experience any discomfort and contributes that to the Biomat. She says, "I cannot imagine performing any massage without my Biomat!"
At Wellness Works Massage, Jeanne Thune allows customers to sit on a Biomat Mini before or after a massage for its healing touch. She uses the Biomat Professional for all of her sessions as well. With the right temperature she says "clients come out of their sessions melted and very relaxed. It helps them go deeper into their meditative state."
Jessica Proia of Urban Escape finds that the Biomat makes her work much easier by relaxing clients and warming up their muscles. "The more relaxed and disengaged a client is during the session, the easier it is for me to work with them both mentally and physically. The Biomat makes it easier for them to relinquish, allowing me easier access to do what I need to do to produce the best results," said Jessica.
Utilizing the BIomat in massage therapy provides the client with additional benefits. Jessica says, "far infrared heat, negative ion technology, and the healing powers of amethyst crystals cannot be produced by massage therapy alone and I don't think there is any comparison to the comfort of lying on a Biomat, so it gives the clients an experience that is much more pampering and luxurious!"
"On the very cold days, they love how it warms them up. Some people recognize the difference right away and say, 'wow, what is on the table that feels so good?' If I forget to turn the heat, they often ask for it," said Jeanne.
Massage therapy with the Biomat will enhance your client's experience and set your services apart from others.
Jessica's long time clients notice a difference with the Biomat. "Since I've incorporated the Biomat into my sessions, my clients have expressed an even greater appreciation for their services! They love the Biomat! They enjoy it before and during massage and have experienced greater results after their sessions!" she says.
Four ways massage can benefit your health
Massage therapy can provide numerous benefits to the body and mind. It is an effective treatment for stress, pain, and muscle tension. Therapists using the Biomat have found it useful for warming up clients and to enhance their work.
Reduce muscle tension
Massage therapy can help to reduce tension buildup within the fascia, a thin layer of tissue that surrounds our muscles, bones, and organs. The pressure from the massage helps to break up adhesions reducing tension and improving range of motion.
Massage will improve relaxation and release stress chemicals in the body. A study by AMTA showed significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. They also note changes in the physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale, and the Anxiety State Scale.
Increased range of motion
Inelastic muscle tissues cause restriction and increase muscle tightness. Friction from a massage helps to warm the body and increase blood flow which in turn restores range of motion.
Massage increases circulation and helps to reduce metabolic wastes from the muscles, which are responsible for cramping and discomfort. A review of over 60 studies published in the Journal of Pain Medicine found massage therapy proved beneficial and in addition to relieving pain, it also improved anxiety conditions.
Other benefits of massage
While more research is needed, some studies have found massage to be beneficial for: Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, headaches, digestive disorders, and temporomandibular joint pain. We recommend speaking to a therapist to find out what kind of massage would best suit you. Massage should not be considered a replacement for medical care, but used alongside other methods of treatment for the benefit of the patient.