Achieve overall health
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Massage therapy

MASSAGE THERAPY is often described as the “healing touch”.  It involves manipulation of body tissues, superficial and deep. By applying pressure to targeted areas of the body, massage techniques can be used to promote healing, relaxation and a general state of well-being.

Massage can be used alone or in conjunction with other medical techniques to positively affect the musculoskeletal system, increase circulation and lymphatic drainage and in turn decrease  chronic pain, reduce stress, increase joint range of motion and decrease blood pressure. 

Swedish Massage
The most common form of massage, Swedish massage involves manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues of the body for relaxation or health maintenance.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses slow strokes, direct pressure, or friction, applied across the grain of the muscles. It works deep into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains. Trigger point therapy is often included with deep tissue work.

Sports Massage
The Sports Massage is applied to specific muscles, often used to increase blood flow, release knots of muscle tension, or release pain/pressure on nerves in the event of a sports injury. The athlete young or old, professional or recreational should integrate sports massage into their training routine in order to maintain proper muscle activation and function.

Pregnancy Massage
Comfort and protection of the unborn child is of the upmost importance. We provide relief from associated pain during any time of your pregnancy. Extra care is taken to our expectant mothers.  A pregnancy cushion is also provided to assist laying face down without harming the child during the massage.

What to expect during your massage

1. Preliminary information.

    • The massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage therapy.
    • He or she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health goals.
    • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels and any areas of physical pain.
    • The information gathered in a brief interview will help the massage therapist determine how to structure the session to achieve your desired results.

    2. Removing clothing. (Exception: See Chair Massage below)

      • Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
      • The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
      • Keep in mind that your massage will be most effective when the massage therapist can touch your skin in areas they will massage.
      • Lay on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.

      3. The massage table. The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.

      4. The environment. Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. The massage therapist may play music during the massage. Some people enjoy the music, and some don’t. If you prefer silence or different music, ask the massage therapist to turn off or change the music.

      5. The massage. The massage technique or modality used will depend on what the massage therapist determines is best for your massage.

        • The massage therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to oils or lotions, let your massage therapist know before your massage begins. A powder might be available as an alternative.
        • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
        • Remember to breathe normally.
        • A typical table massage session is usually a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 90 minutes.

        6. The end of the massage The massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed. 

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