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Massage Therapy is the scientific manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, including connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints. Massage, considered part of complementary and alternative integrative medicine, is recommended as a standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and systemic imbalances. It helps alleviate discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy can be an effective treatment, and beneficial for a variety of people of all ages and has been demonstrated and recommended to help obtain relief from many specific health-related conditions, including:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress and associated conditions
- Toxin buildups
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle-related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive problems
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Pregnancy and labor discomfort
- Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD: A chemical imbalance in the brain caused by severe trauma or stress). Massage can help ease the emotional pain of PTSD so that sufferers can reconnect with the world in a meaningful way.
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate and be useful for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and aging populations. However, there may be certain conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist (LMT or CMT) is trained to recognize these contraindications.
A health history questionnaire form will be discussed as part of becoming familiar with your particular needs and desired interests. Afterward, the therapist will begin by asking a few questions to establish what areas you would like to focus on, whether you have any concerns that may need special attention, and determine which treatment may be most appropriate. Your massage therapist may perform specific assessments to evaluate your condition and see if you have any presenting complaints before the treatment service plan.
Depending on the primary techniques and service plan your therapist exercises, you may or may not need to undress, which your massage therapist will give you privacy to do. For a full body massage, most people undress entirely or choose to wear underwear. Your comfort as a client is paramount to your massage therapist, both in the context of the clothing you wear and the treatment you receive. Massage therapists can provide effective treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your dress attire. All Licensed Massage Therapists are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is respected to the fullest at all times during the treatment. Your comfort and ability to be at ease is of the utmost importance to effective therapy and highly regarded in service standards.
Make yourself comfortable and settle into the present moment. If your therapist wants you to modify positioning, they will either gently move you into place or will ask you to adjust as needed. Otherwise, alter your bearing anytime to make yourself more suitably at ease. Many people close their eyes and relax during the session, while others may prefer to converse; the session is customized to your individual needs. Please feel free to ask questions at any time, should you need to share.
Depending on the techniques used, which have been determined during the initial assessment, a session may begin with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body settles into the present moment and softens, pressure may gradually increase to relax specific areas further and relieve muscular stress. Additionally, a variety of alternative methods may be adapted to best suit the therapeutic session’s needs. Often, light organic massage oil or lotion is utilized to allow the muscles to be massaged with ease. However, no oil may be used in specific treatment plans, where appropriate. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or mention any discomfort so that the therapist can use another approach or technique.
We exclusively use organic hypoallergenic, non-nut based massage oils & lotions. However, if you have a sensitivity to certain oils or lotions, please bring that to your therapist’s attention.
No, several medical conditions may make massage inappropriate as a beneficial treatment option. That’s why a health history form must be completed and discussed before a session begins, and a treatment plan is assessed. The massage therapist will ask relative health questions to determine whether you have any contraindications to massage. It is paramount that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you may be taking currently. If under a doctor’s care, it may be advised to receive approval and a written recommendation for a massage before your initial treatment session.
Most people feel very relaxed with an overall elevated mood, given the large amounts of endorphins released into the bloodstream during a massage. Moreover, recent studies suggest that endorphins enhance the immune system, relieve pain, reduce stress, and retard the aging process. Also, some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of winding down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, lasting for days. Since toxins are released from the soft tissues, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage. It is sometimes recommended to draw a hot Epsom salt bath or enjoy a detoxifying Sauna, which encourages metabolized toxins to release following the massage treatment.
Some people find that one treatment is sufficient. However, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments. Through mutual discussion, your massage therapist can help you establish a program that fits your physical needs and lifestyle. Your massage therapist is most concerned with your recovery and the maintenance of your health.
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