For those of us who have literally been tied up in knots for ages – shoulders, neck, back – the idea that a good massage falls somewhere along the torture continuum may be a given. If it doesn’t hurt, it must not really be helping, right? Wrong. There are a number of massage therapies that can help you, and your muscles, relax without all that pain. The long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage focus on relaxing your entire body. By helping the blood return to your heart, this technique lets your muscles return to their natural state. In the process, the amount of oxygen in your blood increases, and the amount of toxins in your muscles decreases. The result is improved circulation and flexibility coupled with less tension throughout, without the trauma of a pummeling. Reflexology is much more than just a foot rub. While applying a combination of Swedish and pressure point techniques, your massage therapist focuses primarily on your feet but may also involve your calves and legs. The goal here is to focus on the points in your feet that correspond to specific organs and systems in your body resulting in decreased tension and better bodily functioning as a whole. Municipalities in Denmark have employed reflexologists since the early 1990s, and the results indicate a decrease in sick leave and absenteeism as well as improvements in problems related to stress. Aromatherapy is the use of specific aromatic plant-based essential oils to help the body regain its balance. It is often incorporated into other treatments such as massages and wraps, and has been in continual use for more than 6000 years. Virtually every ancient culture created some form of aromatherapy for therapeutic practices. Smell receptors in our noses are in constant communication with specific parts of our brains, the amygdala and the hippocampus, which act as filing cabinets for emotions and memories. By stimulating these formations through aromatherapy, the belief is that we’ll help our bodies heal themselves. Getting the kinks out doesn’t have to hurt. Here at Salon D’Artiste, our team of highly trained massage therapists is here to help you select the service that’s best for you. For an appointment, we can be reached at 610.687.2020 or see us at the salon at Eagle Village Shops, 205 Lancaster Ave #2, Wayne, PA 19087. Want to make an appointment instantly? Use our app! Our app is available through the Apple Store, Google Play, or Amazon.