Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapy techniques may range from light stroking to deep pressure. Throughout human history, massage has been practiced in most cultures, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
There are many benefits of massage therapy including; decreasing muscle tension, improving circulation, reducing stress, improving joint mobility and flexibility, reducing muscle tension, enhancing exercise performance and so much more.
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of relaxation, comfort and connection.
Our licensed therapists are equipped with extensive knowledge of muscular anatomy as well as the skeletal system.
What you can expect during a massage:
You don't need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.
A massage session may last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have.