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Atlanta's Elements Massage Continues an Age-Old Practice

By Elisha Neubauer

For those with high levels of stress, joint pain, back problems, or a number of other mental and physical health afflictions, massage can be a lifesaver. It can be the calm in the storm, the pain relief that works when all else fails. Massage has been utilized in medicinal toolkits for over five thousand years, dating back to as early as 3,000 BC, and continues to play a prevalent part in today's mental health and physical well-being care.

At Elements Massage- Brookwood, they aim to improve upon this age-old technique, recognizing the immense benefits of the practice.

"At Elements Massage studios, your massage session is customized to exactly what you want, proper pressure in the desired area, to ensure your massage provides the relief you are seeking," states Owner Ingrid Smith.

Such relief can include reduced insomnia, relief from joint and back pain, and eased muscle aches. In fact, a study conducted in 2000 showed that subjects experiencing high blood pressure, when given ten massages over the course of five weeks, all experienced decreased blood pressure, decreased depression and hostility, and reduced levels of cortisol- the hormone referred to as the stress hormone.

"Deep tissue massage can be very effective in relieving problem areas and is highly therapeutic," explains Smith. "It can relieve some chronic patterns of pain and tension, specifically in the back, shoulder and neck areas." She refers to an ancient Chinese method, hot stone massage, as the "perfect modality to soothe, relax and de-stress on the massage table."

According to Smith, the hot stones are a gentle way to release stress and tension with minimal pressure. And, of course, there is the ever-popular Swedish Massage. "The Swedish modality has one main focus: relaxation," she states. "However, Swedish is also therapeutically beneficial by relieving muscle tension, increasing blood flow to critical areas and breaking down scar tissue."

For those who have never received a massage, some find concern with the concept of being completely exposed in front of a stranger. But, Smith wants you to know that the process is completely customized to fit your concept of comfort. "A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress, and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized," she details. "You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on.

This is completely up to you." Smith continues, stating, "You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room. You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent."

She tells us that it is important to inform your massage therapist if you ever feel uncomfortable. They are there to increase your comfort, not detract from it in anyway. This goes for the actual massage, as well. Don't suffer through intense pressure if it doesn't work for you. Likewise, if you feel it is too light. "Don't hesitate to let your therapist know if the pressure they use is too light or too intense," she says. "You won't hurt their feelings. Remember, they chose this profession because they care deeply about providing you with a therapeutic experience."

Elements Massage- Brookwood is open 7 days a week. Call 678-608-0574 to book an appointment. Learn more at

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