Massage therapy may be covered under your health insurance plan when an exam is performed prior by one of our physicians. Call our office for details to see how the costs of a full massage can possibly be minimized to a small office co-pay!
At JC Rejuvenation and Wellness, we perform massage therapy by clinically trained massage therapists, not unlicensed masseuses, and we are proud that our high consumer satisfaction scores confirm that we do it better than anyone else in the north and northwest suburbs in the Chicagoland area.
Therapeutic touch has been shown to have an enormous impact on wellness. Massage promotes healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation by targeting certain areas of the body and applying different forms or types of touch and pressure, called massage techniques, which include effleurage, petrissage, rocking and trigger point therapy.
While the history of massage dates back to thousands of years, massage techniques and best practices have evolved greatly over time to create modern massage modalities. Among the most popular modalities are Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Hot Stone Massage. More than 250 variations of massage exist, with many modalities being combined by massage therapists.
The benefits of massage are seemingly without limit. Scientific evidence consistently supports the potential benefits of massage. At J JC Rejuvenation and Wellness, clients frequently benefit from reduced back pain, increased joint flexibility, stress reduction, and much more.
While massages can vary widely, at JC Rejuvenation and Wellness, therapists deliver a customized therapeutic massage to best meet the client’s needs. By listening to what you need, JC Rejuvenation and Wellness massage therapists are able to blend techniques to deliver a truly customized massage experience that is guaranteed to meet or exceed your expectations.
This customizable experience also delivers a massage that is truly therapeutic. At JC Rejuvenation and Wellness, founded by chiropractic physician, Dr. Jeffrey Witek DC, our Signature JC Wellness Massage follows a unique evidence based treatment plan & path to provide a massage experience rooted in therapy yet grounded in sound medical rationale.
We are so committed to excellence, and to supporting your health and wellness program, that we promise the massage you get at JC Rejuvenation and Wellness will be the best massage you have ever had.
We call it The JC Rejuvenation and Wellness Promise. It’s not a gimmick, it’s a commitment: If we don’t meet or exceed your massage expectations, the next one is on us. We hope you will invest in your wellness and invite you to visit our multidisciplinary wellness center here in Bartlett, IL. It will be worth it, we promise.
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Relaxation, Swedish and Therapeutic massage is a combination of soft tissue strokes and techniques used to relieve pain and tension in the body. Benefits of massage include improving circulation, lowering the heart rate, decreasing blood pressure, and relieving muscle aches and pains. Massage is a perfect elixir for good health by integrating the body, mind and spirit. Massage may invoke a meditative state and provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
Choose to focus bodywork on a specific area or treat the full body while placing emphasis on problem areas. Your JC Rejuvenation and Wellness massage therapist will work with you to customize each session to address your specific concerns.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
At JC Rejuvenation and Wellness, our therapists take extra care to ensure our pregnancy massage clients are comfortable. Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort.
Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide a slight elevation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize such massage techniques as reflexology, Swedish massage or certain techniques that address your specific requests and needs.
Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it's always a good idea to discuss with your therapist any everyday symptoms you'd like to see relieved. Those might include:
- Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
- Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
- Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
- The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body's natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
While a massage can't promise that your newborn will sleep through the night, it can provide you with a better night's sleep both during pregnancy and afterwards. Regular massage therapy not only helps diminish anxiety and discomfort but boosts relaxation as well. This ultimately can lead to improved sleep patterns. In addition, the serotonin, endorphins and dopamine released by your body in response to massage provide an extra helping of those natural chemicals. "Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep," says Touch Research Institute director Dr. Tiffany Field.
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by our JC Rejuvenation and Wellness professional massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy programs. If you experience discomfort at any time during the pregnancy massage, tell your therapist immediately.
While many massages are designed to provide pleasure and relaxation, there are some massages that focus on providing more intense health benefits. Deep tissue massage is one of these. A true deep tissue massage occurs when the therapist applies firm pressure to the muscles using their hands, fingertips, knuckles, elbows and even forearms, stimulating muscles and body tissues beyond the exterior level. Applying direct pressure to the muscles increases blood circulation, resulting in a boost of oxygen supply to all of the tissues in the body. With more oxygen circulating in the blood, toxins such as lactic acid are removed from your muscles at a higher rate. Deep tissue massage is the perfect choice for athletes or those seeking more intense treatment of muscle pain or injuries.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. It's best to talk with one of our professional massage therapists to find a plan that will work best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.
Cranial sacral therapy (also known as craniosacral therapy) is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain.
Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.
According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Often, migraines are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that participants who received bodywork like Cranial Sacral Therapy had better quality sleep and fewer migraines than participants who didn't. Effects even lasted up to three weeks after therapy ended.
Another way to address pain in the head is through scalp massage, which can be extremely relaxing. Many people don't realize we have muscles on our scalp. Those muscles are responsible for making our facial expressions, and there can be a lot of tension there, especially when staring at a computer all day or when we are under a lot of stress. Not only that, but the scalp tends to get ignored on a daily basis. It's tension we're not usually aware of. Many people feel that tension melt away when their head is massaged.
You can add Cranial Sacral Therapy to any massage session by asking your professional massage therapist before your session begins.
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.
Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
If you have a specific health condition, you should receive permission from your physician to proceed with massage or consult with a JC R&W physician. As with any population, there are certain conditions that are not recommended for massage, hence the importance of communication with your doctor. Once you have obtained permission, be sure to specify your preference for geriatric massage when scheduling your appointment.
Helpful Wellness Tip: Many clients who use geriatric massage have a friend or family member join them for their first visit to ensure they have a comfortable and relaxing experience. You may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear during your massage. Throughout the session, you will be properly draped or covered-only the area being worked on will be exposed.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.