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MASSAGE SERVICES

At Coastal Med Spa, we recognize that massage is vital to the body's ability to  restore and enhance wellness. We live in stressful times and the negative effects of the stress of modern life and today's fast-paced lifestyles can cause and does cause chronic stress which then presents a host of challenges to the normal function of the body. The nervous system goes into overdrive. The body then produces harmful chemicals in response to the stress. Over time, this "stress state" can be very damaging to physical health — and mental health. Massage has been practiced for many years and is considered to show proven results for multitudes of health benefits. As you go through your day, you will notice a sense of "balance and more peace". Enjoy and restore through massage, here at Coastal Med Spa!


CRT (Cranial Release Technique)

Cranial Release Technique (CRT) is a natural, hands-on approach to releasing the body’s inborn capacity to heal and regenerate itself. CRT can be applied in only minutes, yet it has profound effects on overall health and well-being. CRT makes a wonderful addition to anyone’s healthcare regimen and is recommended regularly for optimum benefits.

Benefits: 
-Repair and release
-Restoration of proper function to the nervous system 
-Proper balance to body structure
-Has positive effects on conditions ranging from aches and pains to overall health and wellness. 


Signature Massage

Coastal Med Spa's "Signature" Massage is also referred to as a Swedish Massage. Swedish massage stands among the huge array of popular massage therapies all across the globe. Its calming, relaxing, and healing effect comes off from five styles of gentle yet firm strokes – sliding or gliding, rhythmic tapping, kneading, cross fiber, and vibration or shaking. These strokes go all over the back, across the shoulders, legs and lower back. Swedish massage is all about assuaging the tension on your muscles, connective tissues, and joints. Lightly reaching the pressure points, using the fingertips is also an option to execute this type of soothing massage, to relax the muscles and joints. 

Benefits:
-Relieves body pain
-Alleviates stress, tension and depression
-Alleviates Anxiety
-Muscle and joint tension release
-Promotes relaxation and a positive mood
-Provides lymphatic drainage
-Improves blood circulation
-Reduces constipation and digestive issues
-Relieves physical and emotional stress from everyday troubles, weariness and illnesses


Neuromuscular Therapeutic Massage

Neuromuscular Massage is often confused with Deep Tissue Massage. While similar, Neuromuscular massage provides more of a medical benefit. Neuromuscular massage therapy is a specialized form of manual massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in a muscle. Strain areas are called tender or trigger points, and they tend to be the cause of ongoing muscular pain symptoms. These trigger points are small areas of the muscle in which there is a contracture of tissue, and the lack of blood and nutrients in that area causes an inability for that muscle to relax. Neuromuscular massage therapy involves applying alternating levels of concentrated pressure to the trigger point – usually using the fingers, knuckles or elbow. This massage treats symptoms like back pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, calf cramps, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, knee pain, jaw pain, tempomandibular joint pain (TMJ disorders), hip pain, earaches, Iliotibial band friction syndrome.  

Benefits:
 
-Completely eliminates pain
-Provides higher levels of flexibility and strength
-Increased ease and efficiency of movement
-Better posture
-Balances musculoskeletal and nervous systems
-Improves blood circulation
-Lower levels of body toxins
-Provides higher levels of energy and vitality

**Call today to see if this type of massage is right for you and make an appointment!


Trigger Point Therapeutic Massage

You know those weird knots or cricks that just show up out of nowhere in your neck or shoulders or back? There’s a name for them – trigger points. A trigger point is a tight area within your muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of your body as well. They might show up as sharp, intense spasms, or as a dull generalized ache. Either way, they’re a real pain. Coastal Med Spa's Massage Therapy team has ONE main goal: to help you HEAL! Trigger points, a type of muscle stiffness, are the result of tiny contraction knots that develop in muscle and tissue when an area of the body is injured or overworked. Trigger points are something traditional doctors ignore, but they could be the one thing that has been overlooked in your case for years, if not decades. A hallmark of trigger points is something called "referred" pain. This means that trigger points typically send their pain to some other place in the body, which is why conventional treatments for pain so often fail. Many health care practitioners wrongly assume that the problem is located where the pain is and therefore fail to assess the body correctly to find the cause of your pain.
Trigger points can occur as a result of muscle trauma (from car accidents, falls, sports, and work-related injuries, etc.), muscle strain from repetitive movements at work or play, postural strain from standing or sitting improperly for long periods at the computer, emotional stress, anxiety, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and toxins in the environment. A single event can initiate a trigger point, and you can suffer the effects for the rest of your life if that trigger point is not addressed properly.

Benefits: 
-Muscular and myofascial release
-Immediate sensation of pain-relief
-Forced relaxation of the trigger point
-Consistent and faithful appointments can result in long-term pain reduction
-Treatments are quick, requiring a small time commitment
-Possible to target a number of different trigger points at once
-Option to use “dry needling” if allergies are present


Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage

Our Coastal Med Spa massage team are highly trained and knowledgeable in the area of prenatal massage. Knowing where a pregnant woman's sore and swollen spots are, create the opportunity to provide some relief, while also knowing which techniques and areas are to be avoided. Prenatal massage is a type that's similar to regular massage – it aims to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But prenatal massage is also customized to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, so our therapists will adjust their techniques accordingly. Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, meaning your pelvic joints are less stable, and it also changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you're carrying and you may end up with an aching lower back. A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. and we use specially designed pillows called bolsters to position a woman comfortably on her side. This helps especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position. 

Benefits: 
-improves mood and lower stress levels
-Reduces prenatal depression and anxiety
-Lower the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight in infants of women with prenatal depression
-Reduces swelling in the legs (after foot massage)
-Relaxes your state of mind to help you cope with all the big changes that are going on in your life
-Creates a calmer environment for baby and reduces fetal distress


Cupping Massage 

Coastal Med Spa offers extreme diverse practices for optimal healing and restoration. Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow. We believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. Our licensed therapist, your medical condition or health goals and your preferences will help determine what method is used. During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that’s placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin. When the hot cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure. Mild bruising or other marks, which usually occur with this technique, go away within 10 days of the session. Cupping is sometimes performed along with acupuncture treatments. For best results, you may also want to fast or eat only light meals for two to three hours before your cupping session. If your unsure of whether this massage type is the best option for you, please contact us for a consult prior to scheduling an appointment. The benefits are exceptional and the process is pain-free.

Benefits:
-Eases conditions that create muscle aches and pains. 
-Treats digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions.
-Shingles
-Facial paralysis
-Cough and dyspnea
-Acne
-Lumbar disc herniation
-Cervical spondylosis


The Graston Massage

At Coastal Med Spa, your healing and health goals are paramount. Often we seek options to aid in promoting our goals and may find novel and unconventional techniques to work best for while others are more comfortable with more of a traditional type of massage. The Graston Technique is basically an instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization therapy. It is beneficial in breaking up fascial restrictions, scar tissue adhesions, and detecting areas of chronic inflammation and/or fibrosis. Our therapist will utilize the appropriate Graston Technique instruments to scan, then treat, the affected area. Treatment generally consists of the clinician rubbing the affected area(s) with the handheld stainless steel Graston Technique instruments, or stones, using very specific, calculated massage techniques. Treatment time is usually 30 to 60 seconds per area treated. With gentle, healing hands our team strives to find the a healthy approach to promote healing and relief. 

Benefits:

-Cervical sprain/strain
-Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
-Lumbar sprain/strain
-Rotator cuff
-Tendinosis and Achilles tendinosis
-Reduced need for anti-inflammatory medications
-Graston can aid in diagnosis while also extending the life of your hands, which benefits medical doctors as they approach ways to promotes longevity of hand use
-Carpal tunnel syndrome
-Cervical pain
-De Quervain’s Syndrome
-Epicondylosis
-Fibromyalgia
-IT band syndrome
-Joint sprain
-Decreases time of treatment of Fosters
-Faster rehabilitation and recovery
-Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
-Restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and
pre- and post- surgical patients
-Lower back pain
-Muscle strain
-Painful scars
-Plantar fasciitis
-Tendinosis
-Post fracture 


MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation)vMassage

The massage therapy team brings an an innovative and dynamic culture of medicinal and therapeutic massage to Coastal Med Spa patients and client.  MPS is the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to sympathetically de-regulate the ANS (autonomic nervous system) and fight chronic pain. Our therapists apply direct microcurrent to therapeutically active "trigger" points for the purpose of relaxing muscles, calming the nervous system and releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Out therapists goal is to detect and treat these active points with precision & potency, stimulating of all three systems at once — nervous, muscular and endocrine. MPS is more effective in outcomes for pain relief than other options, often providing the only “breakthrough” many pain patients have ever experienced. Most patients require 2-10 treatments for lasting outcomes, with some chronic patients requiring ongoing daily or bi-weekly applications. 

Benefits:
-Scar and adhesion treatment
-Bursitis
-Significantly relaxes muscles and the nervous system
-Chronic pain relief
-Acute pain relief
-Improves cellular metabolism
-Relaxation of muscles
-Relaxes tissue
-Releases impinged nerves
-Reduces pain and sensitivity
-Neurological healing for limb and tissue repair (reduces swelling
-Reduces neck pain

Contact Coastal Med Spa today to get some relief 
and schedule your MPS Therapeutic Massage TODAY!


Dynamic Stretching Massage

This massage is BY FAR one of our most popular massages and also one of the most beneficial. Coastal Med Spa always promotes and encourages stretching for best health practices. Think of a house cat or dog, you always see them stretching when they awake from a nap or settle in for a nap. This is natures way of taking care of the body natural. We all know how little we tend to actually stretch, especially when we wake up or before we go to sleep. Stretching is vital to good health and body survival. During a Dynamic Stretch Massage, emphasis is placed on active movements where joints and muscles go through a full range of motion. They can be used to help warm up your body before exercising. Dynamic stretches can be functional and mimic the movement of the activity or sport you’re about to perform. For example, a swimmer may circle their arms before getting into the water. Dynamic stretches can also be a series of movements to get the body moving before any type of exercise. Some examples that the therapist will include will be trunk twists, assisted lunges, leg swings with the therapist being the wall.

Benefits:
-Increases range of motion
-Cleanses body of harmful toxins
-Aids in warm-up and cool-down after a long day of physical or non-physical activity
-Loosens body muscles and tendons
-Improves flexibility
-Ideal for athletes or training
-Improving muscle function