Massage - Essence Acupuncture Wellness - East Asian Medicine Healthcare

Massage Therapy can help to relax tight muscles, alleviate stress, help rid your body of toxins and speed healing. Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to wellness based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. 

Regular monthly massage provides therapeutic relief to people of all ages and all walks of life, from the competitive athlete to the home gardener to the over-stressed business person.

Enjoying massage therapy at Essence Acupuncture Wellness  of San Antonio can address a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Massage may additionally offer certain benefits in treating high blood pressure, lower back pain, post-operative care, arthritis and depression. When used in conjunction with acupuncture lifestyle care, it can help you achieve optimum health.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Increased Circulation & Flexibility
  • Improved Concentration/Focus
  • Increased Energy
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Reduces Heart Rate & regulates Blood pressure
  • Assists with Injury Rehabilitation
  • Relieves tension-related headaches
  • Decreases Anxiety & Stress
  • Reduces Pain & muscle stiffness
  • Improves mood and energy
  • Improves muscle tone

Massages Offered At Essence

  • Wellness or Swedish: General massage for relaxation and well-being. Decreases stress and improves circulation throughout the body.
  • Deep Tissue: Involves a deeper pressure targeting chronic muscle tension with focus on deep muscle layers, tendons, and fascia.
  • Prenatal: Promotes Hormone regulation,increases oxygen and blood supply in the body, reduces edema, reduces pain, Improves mood, digestion, and sleep.
  • Trigger Point Therapy: Alleviates pain, Increases blood flow to the tissue, eases numbness, tenderness, and releases toxins from tissue.
  • Hot Stone: A form of “Thermotherapy” providing warmth to the muscles allowing for deeper relaxation and release of muscle tension.
  • Myofascial Release: For chronic pain syndromes, aiding in the release of endorphins to decrease pain, strengthen the immune system, improve nerve function, and increase blood circulation.
  • Sports Massage: A form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.
  • Ashi-Fusion: We have named this service ASHIATSU FUSION,  because of the combination of barefoot and hands-on traditional massage techniques of our Essence Signature Massage. Utilizing stools for support, balance, and leverage the therapist is seated using their body weight and gravity to apply deep Swedish, Myofascial, and Compression techniques using their bare feet. The combination of gravity, pressure, and flow melts away muscle tension in a deeply relaxing way without the sharp discomfort associated with traditional deep tissue massage. 

Source: , the ABMP’s public education site

Massage Therapy F.A.Q.

Everyone is different and it varies from person to person, but at least one massage per month is recommended.

Essence Acupuncture & Wellness takes pride in professionalism and care for our clients. During your session, you will be covered at all times with a sheet and a blanket. The only area that needs to be uncovered is the area being massaged. Before your massage session begins, you will have a consultation to discuss the areas that will be massaged. Some clients prefer to be completely undressed and some leave their undergarments on. It depends on your comfort level

Massage Therapy is very beneficial to assist in reducing stress and anxiety in the body. A relaxation response can be signaled through touch.  This causes reduction in blood pressure, an increase in blood flow, and a decrease of heart and breathing rate.  It also causes muscles to relax and a decrease in stress hormones.

People who are needing a massage to assist with stress and anxiety are highly encouraged to receive messages frequently. It is recommended to receive a massage every one to two weeks.  Massage therapy helps combat stress, anxiety, and insomnia due to stress.  Being consistent with receiving massages can be very beneficial.

There are many ways massage can ease pain. One way is by increasing blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles. The extra circulation warms them up. Also, in the brain there are natural painkillers called endorphins. Massage can trigger the release of these into the body. The way the brain senses pain may be changed by massage.

Massage therapy relaxes muscles that are tense, shortened muscles get released, and muscle spasms get relief.  The tension held in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles are relaxed.  The anxiety and mental stress that can cause headaches or make them worse is also reduced by massage.  There is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply the muscles when the tension is eased.  It is important to continuously receive regular massage because it helps reduce overall stress which can help to prevent headaches.

Massage can help to relieve chronic aka long-lasting pain. Massage can also relieve tension and pain in stressed, overworked muscles. Most people who are on a massage maintenance plan experience a longer duration without pain.

If there is an area that you are uncomfortable with, let your therapist know during your consultation. Your therapist can avoid that area. If that area needs to be worked on, your therapist can work on that area while leaving the sheets covering the area.

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