Therapeutic Massage

A Therapeutic massage session is very different from a Swedish relaxation massage session. On your first visit we will complete a thorough intake, including current and past health complaints, and discuss desired outcomes. The hands on portion of the session may retain a large relaxation component but advanced techniques may be used to address pain and chronic health issues. Based on your desired outcomes your massage practitioner may recommend regular appointments for several weeks. This might include half hour sessions twice a week, or one hour sessions every one or two weeks for a month or so.  Advanced techniques such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy may be used to help address specific issues.  Your massage therapist will discuss this with you before and during your session.

Two Types of Therapeutic Massage
Classified by Intended Outcome

  1. Corrective - Correct an existing soft tissue condition
  2. Conditioning - Enhance performance

“Corrective” massage has the intention of correcting a malfunction in the soft tissue that is causing pain or restriction of motion.   For example:  a knot, an adhesion, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and many more.  We specialize in this kind of massage.  The pressure is usually very deep, but not always.  If a full body massage is desired then the session will include some relaxation elements from Swedish massage to address those parts of the body that do not have specific issues.   This massage would be used for a persistent knot, chronic pain, or to provide lasting relief from chronic tension.

Applications of this type of might include:

  • Chronic body aches and pains (neck, hip, back, etc.)
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive stress or strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Recovery from surgery (hip, knee, rotator cuff, etc)
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash and accidents

Conditioning” massage is one that seeks to improve the texture, flexibility, and strength of healthy soft tissue with the overall goal of enhancing performance and endurance.

Some techniques used might include:

  • Orthopedic techniques (Active Range of Motion, Passive Range of Motion, Active Resisted) with stretching, stripping
  • Range of Motion with gentle stretching
  • Trigger point techniques
  • Myofascial Release techniques