While massage has been practiced for thousands of years, medical science and research really woke up to the benefits beginning in the 1990s. As more studies about substance abuse have emerged, it is clear from the findings that massage can have significant and lasting benefits for the body. Those benefits extended well beyond simple relief from aches and pains to dramatic positive effects on mental state and positive attitude. It was only a matter of time before massage became a tool for helping alleviate symptoms arising from depression. Recently, massage has begun to appear as a regular beneficial treatment for those who suffer from addictions.
Like any fast-growing profession, the field of massage therapy is evolving all the time. As licensing and certification standards rise, and more and more massage therapists graduate from education programs that treat massage as a holistic skill, the profession is gradually expanding from a focus mainly on relaxation and overall wellness to a focus on outcome-based treatments.
Outcome-based treatments allow qualified massage therapists to use evidence-based analysis to create highly personalized session strategies focusing bodywork on achieving a specific goal or goals. Clients report longer lasting relief from pain and therapists get intense satisfaction knowing they have created real and positive change.
How is it outcome based massage different?
When you seek out a massage therapist, your goals for the session can vary widely. Sometimes you want to relax, sometimes you have a specific complaint about an ache or pain, sometimes you’ve been referred by a medical professional or physical therapist.
Almost everyone knows that the feeling when you’re staring at the giant pimple on your face and you’re already late for your date. And, as if that’s not enough, people with facial acne are far more likely to develop body acne. For some, body acne comes in the teens and twenties, others find sudden acne flareups well into adulthood. Luckily there’s something you can do about it.
Body acne is extremely common with blemishes appearing and disappearing on your back, arms, chest and bottom. Most people just don’t want to talk about it. As with acne on your face, body acne forms when pores become clogged with excess oil or dead skin. Body acne is a little trickier to control, too, because the skin on the rest of your body has larger pores than those on your face, meaning it’s easier to stop them up. And clothes that tend to trap oil on your skin and prevent evaporation.
So what do you do about body acne?
Couples massage is hot. Thousands are realizing the direct, and indirect benefits of this unique massage offering. In a couple’s massage, two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, moms and daughters or best friends. Why is couple’s massage different and why does it work?
What Happens During Couples Massage?
Couples massage is a massage that takes place in a room large enough for two massage tables. What you get in a couples massage varies greatly based on the location and focus of the therapists you select. In a spa, couple’s massage typically includes access to showers, hot tubs, lounging areas and more. In a therapeutic setting, like SVMTG, the focus is on the bodywork, so while the amenities might be less extravagant, the therapists are typically better trained. In a therapeutic couple’s massage, each therapist has an individual conversation with the massage guest to determine his or her goals for the session. At SVMTG, it’s common for one massage guest to want a focus on relaxation, and the other on tending to aches and pains from athletic activities, for example.