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Give yourself a time out to breathe, compose yourself and relax with Massage Therapy at Ocean Drive MedSpa in Vero Beach, Florida.

Massage Therapy provided by Ocean Drive MedSpa

What is Massage Therapy?

At Ocean Drive MedSpa, our massage therapists focus on various parts of your body to reduce stress, muscle tension, increase relaxation, improve circulation and immune function.

During a massage, the soft tissues of your body are manipulated with varying degrees of pressure. Importantly, massage therapy touches more than just your muscles. On top of everything is the body’s largest organ,skin, and the spidery web connective tissue that covers us from head to toe, the fascial layers. While it’s often the musculoskeletal system that gets the most credit, much more is going on that is affected by massage touch.

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In all, there are eleven central “systems” in the body: Cardiovascular/Circulatory, which is comprised of arteries and veins, Digestive which is what we taken in and eliminate, Endocrine handles the hormonal balance, Integumentary aka the skin, Lymphatic which moves the white blood cells in the immune system, Musculoskeletal which is the framework of the body responsible for movement, Nervous which is the brain to body connection, Renal which produces/stores and eliminates urine and other metabolic waste from the body, Reproductive the sex organs, Respiratory which is the movement of air, exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs and finally, the Vestibular which is the balance system located in the inner ear and is responsible for balance and movement. When receiving a full body massage, the touch will positively impact each of these systems.

Massage Menu

Deep Tissue Massage

Sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of muscles. Great for strains and sports injuries.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Swedish Massage

Soft, long, kneading strokes combined with the movement of joints and relief of muscle tension. Great for relaxation.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Hot Stone Massage

Relax and ease tense muscles using hot stones. Reduce muscle spasms and increase blood flow.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Lomi Lomi Massage

A traditional Hawaiian massage uses long, deep techniques and stretching to create movement in the spine and improve the range of motion.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Stimulates the flow of the lymphatic system to relieve swelling and improve health.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Hydrotherapy Massage

Slip into pure bliss with a warm rainfall shower experience.

Add-ons:

  • 30 Minute Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50 Minute Detox Body Wrap
  • 50 Minute Hydrating Body Wrap

Types of Massage Techniques at Ocean Drive MedSpa


There are about five basic massage techniques that are standard with every massage. They are the building blocks, the “framework” for all therapeutic bodywork. These five massage foundations movements or “strokes” include:

Effleurage

This technique uses mild pressure applied by the palms of the practitioner’s hands in a long gliding motion designed to assess and gently warm the area to be worked. It is very effective in assisting in healthy lymphatic flow. It is generally the opening movement when the massage begins.

Petrissage

This technique is often compared to gentle kneading, where your massage therapist will knead, roll, wring and lift the muscle of the area being manipulated. This technique focuses on loosening restricted fascia (or connective tissue) that may be causing discomfort, increase circulation, and stimulate the nerve endings. This stroke is very effective in locating knotted muscles and determining if the problem is a knot or a trigger point.

Tapotement

Tapotement utilizes a rhythmic and percussive movement designed to stimulate the nerves and warm the muscles, improving circulation. Your massage therapist uses their cupped hands or loose fists to manipulate the soft tissue.

Friction

The Friction massage stroke is mainly used to break down scar tissue around joints and fibrous adhesions while increasing circulation and range of motion. The practitioner performs small thumb circles in a “back and forth” motion with the fingers alongside the muscle.

Vibration

Vibration is slightly different than the others mentioned previously. While the others are geared towards muscle and soft tissue manipulation, this one involves gentle rocking and shaking movements. Again, the goal is to increase relaxation and decrease stress and tension.

What happens to muscle tissue during my massage session?

While you are resting comfortably on the table during your massage session, you will feel a series of different massage strokes ranging from gentle thumb gliding along with the muscle tissue to tapping, kneading, and wringing to get the muscle fibers to release their tension. Gentle kneading “warms” the muscle or muscle group to be worked by your massage therapist. All muscle tissue must be warmed before therapeutic bodywork, or else the muscles run a high risk of injury/further injury. The gentle kneading also introduces fresh blood and nutrients into your muscle, nourishing the organs and soft tissue structures.

In addition, all massage strokes are designed to help guide blood and lymph fluid back towards the heart and lungs for gas exchange (exchanging carbon dioxide molecules for oxygen).

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been actively practiced in certain countries for thousands of years.

Countries like China, Japan, and even ancient Egypt have used the health-promoting benefits of massage therapy. Some of the benefits of Massage Therapy include:

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Reduction in muscle pain and tension
  • Increases joint mobility (range of motion)
  • Decrease in the stress hormone Cortisol
  • Relieves headaches, improves circulation
  • Reduces inflammation in the body, boosting the immune system.

It also increases relaxation by releasing serotonin, dopamine, and other ” feel good” endorphins. In addition, studies suggest a simple 10-minute massage reduces post-workout soreness by as much as 30 percent.

Schedule your Massage Therapy consultation at Ocean Drive MedSpa today

Studies have also shown that regular massage therapy treatments provide long-lasting effects on the body. Our highly trained massage therapists offer personalized massage treatments to help you reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, or simply relax. Schedule your Massage Therapy session today.

When was the last time you treated yourself to something really special? When you schedule a consultation at Ocean Drive MedSpa, you are investing in yourself and your health in a way that is clear for the world to see. Schedule your consultation for the self-care you deserve or share the experience with some friends with one of our signature spa parties! Either way, you can soak in the beauty at Ocean Drive MedSpa.

5070 Hwy A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963

1398 Palm Bay Rd NE Palm Bay, FL 32905