Massage Therapy is the practice of manipulating the body’s soft tissue structures to prevent and lessen pain, soreness, muscle spasms, and stress as well as maintaining health and wellness. This involves accessing and manually holding, moving and/or applying pressure to most of the body’s soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and other connecting tissue.
Massage Therapy can be helpful treating:
· Headaches and Migraines
· Muscle and Joint Pain
· Tennis and Golfers Elbow
· Menstrual Cramping
· Scar Tissue
· Stress and Fatigue
· Decreased Range of Motion
· Neck, Back, and Hip Pain
· Whiplash, Concussions, and Vertigo
· Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
· Sports Injuries
What to expect in a Massage Therapy Treatment:
Before a treatment begins, your Massage Therapist will go through your health history and discuss your purpose of the visit. This is followed by an assessment which consists of various tests (gait, range of motion, and orthopaedic tests) to best determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Afterwards your massage therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on the information given from the history and findings through the physical assessment.
All sessions are one on one individualized care duration of 30, 45 and 60 minutes. We are focused only on you for the whole session. We offer direct billing with almost all insurers, but make sure to inquire with your insurance company regarding your specific policy.
Types of Massage:
Swedish Massage – The most common and widely taught style of massage around the world. Swedish Massage involves the application of long, sweeping strokes (effleurage), rolling and muscle kneading (petrissage), along with rhythmic tapping (tapotement) directly to the skin or over the clothing to promote circulation, muscle relaxation, and stress relief. Deep tissue massage is an umbrella term used to describe deep and slow Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point, and cross-fiber techniques applied to specific areas that are deemed necessary.
Prenatal Massage – Therapeutic treatment that focuses on the common aches and pains that comes with pregnancy. This type of massage is often performed with the client laying on her side, or with specially designed maternity cushioning, which allows the expectant mother to lie on her stomach. Much like Swedish massage, prenatal massage is relaxing and focuses on relieving lower back, shoulder, and neck pain. Prenatal massage offers a natural, safe, and drug-free alternative for pain relief.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) – Is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes fluid drainage in areas of congestion and fluid retention within the body. This is beneficial in conditions, such as lymphedema, diabetes, swelling from acute injuries. This is also beneficial to people undergoing cancer treatment. Most notice reduced swelling, alleviating that ‘heavy feeling most feel following radiation.
Soft Tissue Release (STR) – A dynamic technique that combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques. STR involves applying direct pressure to a target muscle then gently guided into a comfortable stretch and held no longer than two seconds over multiple planes. The resulting release allows for optimal lengthening without triggering the protective stretch reflex, promotes optimal muscle resting tension, reorganization of scar tissue, and improved joint range of motion.