How do I decide what massage is right for me?
Our “Therapeutic Massage” can fall anywhere on this pressure scale. If you are wanting a relaxation massage please be sure to pick a therapists who falls into levels 1 through 5 . Our scale categorizes the massage pressure into 10 different levels. Please note that each therapist has been rated on their ability to perform on this scale in the “Meet the Therapist” under the “Home” tab.
Relaxation includes levels 2-5 and Therapeutic includes levels 6-10.
Relaxation massage is typically a full body massage that is intended to promote relaxation and circulation. This massage includes long broad strokes over muscle groups.
Therapeutic massage incorporates a few relaxation techniques to warm the muscle groups, then moves into a more therapeutic range and targets specific muscles. This massage is tailored to your needs specifically, therefore you can have the therapist work on whichever areas of the body you prefer.
If you are interested in a massage to prevent sports injury, address sport-specific concerns, or to help with muscle recovery after sports, consider getting a Therapeutic Massage.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapists (NMT) have more training than Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT) and can target areas of the body that have more severe disfunction including Ischemia, Neural Entrapment or Compression and Myofascial Trigger Points. Neuromuscular Massage can treat a wide array of chronic pain conditions. Consider this massage when you are need of a more “medical” massage.
Techniques can include:
- Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
- Friction: Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.
- Trigger point therapy: a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy.
- Pin & Stretch: specific areas are identified in muscles and tendons where overuse has caused repetitive injury and scar tissue has built up.This method of stretching involves shortening the muscle length by pinning the muscle, then taking the muscle through the full range of motion.
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the nervous system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility
- Improved Skin Tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
Therapeutic massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Low back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Upper back or neck pain
Not all of these benefits have been scientifically proven.