There are many different techniques of Massage with health benefits to each of them. You can get relief from sore muscles, help in healing injuries, certain health conditions, and even to promote overall wellness.
Before deciding which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself, “What am i looking to accomplish with my massage, stress relief, basic relaxation, just getting the knots out, injury recovery, or better mobilization to improve sports activities and even everyday activities?”
These are just a few styles of Massage Therapy:
Swedish - whole body therapeutic massage; this is the most common type of massage. This involves soft, long kneading strokes over the muscles of the body. With the combination of swedish massage and the movement of joints this can be both relaxing and energizing, and may even help after an injury.
Neuromuscular massage is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain. This medically-oriented style of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscle points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Sports Massage was developed to help with muscle systems used for particular sports. You might use this to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. It may also help muscle strains and aiding healing after sports injury.
Deep Tissue Massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff, “trouble spots” in your body. Our massage therapist uses slow deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscle, tendons, or other tissue deep under your skin. This style of massage can be quite therapeutic - relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries such as a back sprain. Deep Tissue can also be used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions that can disrupt circulation and cause pain-limiting range of motion.
If you have a serious medical condition you should check with your physician prior to scheduling your massage appointment.
What to expect during your massage:
Everybody has a different need; When scheduling your massage think about your day before you set up your appointment. For example: you wouldn’t want to eat a heavy meal just before the massage or exercise immediately after one. It is best if you can try to take it easy afterwards to get the full benefits of the massage.
When you arrive for your appointment you will fill out a health profile, you will then sit and talk with your therapist about your concerns and/or area you are looking to be worked on. Make sure to let our massage therapist know what you want to accomplish with your massage so that she can customize your massage to best benefit you.
A few questions you might have:
- Will it hurt? You should have a “hurt so good” feeling, and always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain during the massage. The therapist can adjust the technique or further prep the tissue. Pain is not necessarily a sign that the massage is working and may not be a good thing.
- Will I be naked? You only need to take off as much clothing as you are comfortable with. You can leave your undergarments on if you choose, as massage can be done through clothing. The massage therapist will give you privacy while you undress and dress. During the massage your therapist will use a sheet to cover the parts of the body not being massaged.
- Should I talk during the massage? This is up to you. Some people like to remain quiet and listen to the music, others like to make light conversation. Tell your massage therapist your preference.
- How will I feel after the massage? You should feel some relief after a massage. Sometimes you may experience 24-48 hours of soreness, but it is a good kind of sore, like you had a workout. You should feel relaxed and mellow. Drinking extra water before and after your massage can help eliminate the achyness you may have.
Please, don’t expect that a one time massage will solve a lifelong backache or other chronic pain. You may need several consecutive treatments along with Chiropractic care.
While massage therapy can be very beneficial, we ask that you do not expect a one time massage will solve a lifelong backache or other chronic pain. You may need several consecutive treatments along with Chiropractic care. (under benefits)
There are benefits to each of these, and our massage therapist will help you choose the right style for the best results! She may even combine several styles to give you the best result for you.
Benefits where massage has been found helpful include, but are not limited to:
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- soft tissue strains or injuries
- sports injuries
- insomnia related to stress
- stress relief
Risks of massage
Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, have cancer, or unexplained pain.
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.