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Frequently Asked Questions
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The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain,
rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. It is the
scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose
of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that
include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing
movement of or to the body. Generally, massage
is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and
lymph, affecting the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and
enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of health
What are your draping procedures?
The nature of most
massage therapies requires direct skin contact in order to accurately
view involved body parts/areas and apply oils, lotions, or other
applications as needed. During traditional massage, you will be asked to
undress to your comfort level. Throughout the massage session clients
are covered and draped with sheets and blankets, only uncovering the
body part to be worked on. The goal is to allow you to feel safe and as
comfortable as possible.
Who is an ideal candidate for massage therapy?
Anyone can benefit from massage therapy. Especially clients that have pain or issues with the following:
• upper & lower back
• neck and shoulder
• tension headache and migraine
• arthritis & tendinitis
• standing/sitting all day
• repetitive strain injury
• circulatory issues
• post pregnancy
• sleep issues
• Restricted range of motion
• carpal tunnel
• play sports / rigorous exercise
• post surgical rehabilitation
Be sure to let us know if you have any special needs at the time of your appointment.
What are the benefits of massage?
• Greater flexibility and range of motion
• Increase the ease and efficiency of movement
• Relief of stress and aide of relaxation
• Promotion of deeper and easier breathing
• Improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
• Relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
• Promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled
muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling
related to such injuries
• Enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
• Improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
• Reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
• Creation of a feeling of well-being
• Reduction in levels of anxiety
• Increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
• Promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness
A trigger point, also known as "muscle knots" are described as
hyperirritable spots in muscles that are associated with palpable
nodules in taut bands of the muscle fibers.
But a trigger point
is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the
trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues
supplied by nerves.
DEEP TISSUE / TRIGGER POINT THERAPEUTIC SESSION
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the
muscles and connective tissue. Deep Tissue is often recommended for
individuals who experience consistent pain, involved in physical
activity or work, or for patients who have sustained physical injury.
The sessions are specific to problem areas. Trigger Point work is
consistent with Deep Tissue therapy, this involves deactivating "knots"
which can form when fluids passing through the muscle and connective
tissues get trapped in the fibers due to a build up of lactic acid,
forming little "sacks" of metabolical waste , which when get activated
due to overuse or injury, start to push on nerve endings resulting in
pain or limited range of motion.
What are the five basic techniques for Deep Tissue/Trigger Point therapy?
DEEPER PRESSURE AND LONGER STROKES
Using deeper pressure allows the therapist to reach deeper layers of
muscles and connective tissues. The long slow strokes are usually
performed primarily with forearms and elbows. This helps loosen the
tension and toxicity located beneath the surface.
Skin lifting is an example of basic fascial release technique used to
free restrictions in the connective tissue. The skin is gently picked up
with the fingers and slowly pulled away from the underlying tissues.
This technique releases adhering tissues and makes them more pliable.
FASCIAL MOBILIZATION USING FINGERTIPS
Myofascial mobilization techniques uses the fingertips to engage and
elongate superficial fascial tissues. First, sensitive fingers feel for
adhesions in the fascia. When a restriction is located, the tissues are
then pushed horizontally to the point of resistance, until the release
FASCIAL MOBILIZATION USING FOREARM / ELBOW The forearm
/ elbow may be used in a similar way to release restrictions in
myofascial tissues in broad areas. The forearm is used to apply enough
pressure to engage deeper fascia and then slowly stretch the tissues
SPREADING WITH THE HEELS OF THE HAND
In this technique, the hands engage the skin side-by-side and then pull apart, spreading the tissues until resistance is felt
Stretching counteracts tension by lengthening contracted muscle tissue,
and mechanically "pumps" lactic acid and other waste products out of
the muscles, once the contraction has been relaxed, normal circulation
is restored, and the muscles can rest. If there has been micro-tearing
due to overuse or injury, stretching will help realign developing scar
tissue to prevent Adhesions from forming. Stretching allows the muscle
to regain its full range of motion by lengthening muscle fibers that
have become shortened by work or exercise.