What is massage?
It is a manual manipulation of muscles, tissues and joints.

What can massage therapy do for me?
Massage assists your circulation, helps to balance the nervous system and in turn aids your immune system. It also addresses specific problems like back spasms, tendonitis, arthritis, chronic headaches, anxiety and more. It increases body awareness and recognizes human touch as an indispensable form of healing. Consequently, massage therapy can be a wonderful ally in attaining a vibrant, healthy lifestyle.

Do I need a prescription?
No, but sometimes a doctor will prescribe a certain type of massage to address specific ailments, like sports injuries, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma or chronic or acute pain, circulatory problems and stress. If that happens, the massage therapist often becomes part of a therapeutic team that could include a physical therapist, chiropractor, or even a psychotherapist, working with the client to achieve a specific goal.

What can I expect from my first session?
First, we’ll work together to assemble a massage plan based on your medical history, ailments, and desired goals. I’ll begin to implement that plan during the first session. When it’s over, most clients usually feel some relief of their problems, and are ready to come back for more. If they do, I carefully monitor their progress and adjust the massage plan accordingly.

Are there different kinds of massage?
Yes. I use the following: Swedish, medical, deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology, and pregnancy in my specialty, Therapeutic Massage. I also use another type of manual therapy that is not classified as massage. It is called, CranioSacral therapy. (Full explanation of these to follow.)

How does massage therapy relieve pain and stress?
Massage helps to increase the local circulation within muscles, which is a key to maintaining healthy tissues. Good circulation supplies cells with nutrition, antibodies, hormones and enzymes, along with oxygen for energy production. It also aids the process of elimination of wastes that irritate the tissue. Healthy tissues are pliable, free from pain, spasms, adhesion, and swelling and have adequate self-healing capabilities in tact.

Massage also triggers the release of endorphins and reduces the level of stress hormones. It can also slow the heart and breathing rate, aiding organ recuperation and better immune function. Regular massage therapy can establish a balance within the nervous system helping to alleviate nervous conditions like insomnia, irritability and anxiety.

What can cause muscle pain?
Some scenarios can disturb the health and balance of tissue metabolism causing pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. They are: stress, over activity, under-activity, diabetes, incorrect body mechanics or injury. Massage therapy can help muscles recover. Massage imitates the wringing effect of normal muscle action. When the muscle is bogged down or in spasm, massage can hasten the elimination of irritating by-products, break-down adhesion, and speed up the inflow of nutritive substances. This restores integrity and balance to the muscles. It also soothes nerve endings, and enhances flexibility.

What can I expect from routine visits?
Receiving regular massage is a way of life. It decreases stress, strain and pain and increases relaxation and body awareness, creativity and productivity. It is also a preventative therapy. You don’t have to be in pain or overly stressed to benefit. Our bodies respond best to a rhythm when seeking to engage it into a healing mode. Each mindful massage builds onto the last one on its way to increasing a better quality of life. A rhythm of either 1-2 times per week, or twice a month or monthly are most beneficial. But it’s really up to the client to set his or her own destination, including any self-care activities between massage sessions that support or enhance their goals. For those suffering from anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, depression or those making life-changes, or individuals doing repetitive activities, like musicians and athletes, for example, are especially suited to highly benefit from regular visits.

What if my problems stem from poor body mechanics?
Along with your massage plan, I can address your body mechanics, too!  We can address these issues through Neuromuscular movement and yoga to help correct your posture.

What can I do before and after a massage to gain the most from a
session?

At the beginning of your massage treatment, especially your first session, be prepared to discuss your goals. Once you can establish a high level of commitment to massage, you are well on your way to gaining more than your money’s worth. Leaving your beepers and cell phones out of the massage-office is a very good start, as quieting the mind and calming the body are a large part of the healing process. Being on time is of great value. Treat your massage session with the reverence you deserve. If you are seeking a more centered life, start using your massage treatment to clear your mind. After the massage session, hold your intention for as long as you can. Pace back into daily life or simply enjoy the renewed pace set by having a massage as you return to normal activity. Abstain from large meals, coffee, alcohol and tobacco, before and after a massage. Also, avoid alcohol, coffee and tobacco for the day. Following up your massage with a good amount of pure water helps detoxify. Keep in mind, aside from the massage routine, it is generally recommended to have 6-8 glasses of water per day.

When can’t I have a massage?
When you are suffering from infectious diseases, or are running a fever or have certain circulatory conditions. In addition, areas affected with phlebitis, rashes, inflammation, infected injuries or unhealed wounds, cannot be massaged. As far as those suffering from cancer, there are really wonderful benefits to having massage therapy, as long as your doctor is consulted during each phase of treatment, regardless of prognosis. This is also the general rule for anyone with chronic illness under a physicians care.

How does each modality differ?
Each offers a distinct technique to achieve a specific goal.
Tell me a little bit about the different approaches. What is therapeutic massage?
It uses an array of techniques- like, deep tissue, reflexology and CranioSacral- in a full-body massage that fits the client to support their natural healing mechanism, addressing general and specific complaints or ailments as needed.

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