Therapeutic Massage

What is therapeutic massage?

Massage has been a part of major medical delivery systems all over the world. Western medical professionals are becoming more knowledgeable about the healing properties of massage therapy and are commonly integrating the services of massage therapists.

Therapeutic massage applies a variety of scientifically developed massage techniques to the soft tissues of the body. These manual techniques are applied by the practitioner to positively affect the health and well-being of the massagee. Massage comes in many forms. The most commonly used method in the United States is Swedish Massage.

Why should I get a therapeutic massage?

» Stress reduction
» Relieve muscle soreness, stiffness, & spasms
» Relief of chronic or temporary muscular tension and pain
» Increase joint movement & flexibility

Other benefits include…

Improves blood circulation, strengthens the immune system, reduces blood pressure, relief from tension headaches, promotes faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being

How is your body affected by the therapeutic massage?

While there are a variety of forms of massage therapy, all with their own theoretical and philosophical perspectives, there are certain basic principles that all tend to hold in common.

Blood Circulation

The most basic principle of massage therapy is to improve blood circulation. Tension in the muscles and other soft tissues can impair circulation thus resulting in a deficient supply of nutrients and inadequate removal of wastes or toxins from the tissues of the body. This in turn can lead to illness, slower healing, structural and functional problems. Recognition of the importance of blood circulation is implicit in all forms of massage.

Movement of Lymphatic Fluid

The circulation of lymphatic fluid plays a key role in ridding wastes, toxins, and pathogens of the body. The lymph system can benefit from the massage, particularly in conditions where lymphatic flow is impaired by injury or by surgery.

Release of Toxins

Chronic tension or trauma to the soft tissues of the body can result in the buildup of toxic by products from normal metabolism. Hands-on techniques help move the toxins through the body’s normal pathways for release and elimination.

Release of Tension

Chronic muscular tension, as a result of high stress lifestyles, trauma, or injury, can accumulate and impair the body’s structure and function. Psychological well-being is also affected. Reduced tension allows greater relaxation which has important physiological and psychological benefits.

Mind/Body Integration

The mind and body have a reciprocal relationship. Soma (body) affects psyche (mind) and vice versa. The condition of the body can affect the mind and emotions, and psychological or emotional conditions can affect the body. A habit or fixed pattern in one may also impede change in the other and require special attention. Often psychotherapy and massage complement each other.

Reduction of Stress

Stress is increasingly believed to induce illness, and perhaps 80 to 90 percent of all disease is stress induced. Massage therapy is an effective non-drug method for reducing stress and promoting relaxation.


Working with the flow of energy through the body is a means to promote healing. Energy can be directed or encouraged to move through and around the body in such ways as to have impact on the physical structure and function of the body as well as on emotional well-being.

Need for Touch

All human beings are born with the need for touch. Research has identified what we always knew instinctively: We thrive on touch from infancy through childhood to adolescence. We can all benefit from the therapeutic effects found in the structured touch of massage.

Is therapeutic massage always appropriate?

Therapeutic massage may not be appropriate in some cases. Always tell your massage therapist if you have a medical problem, even a minor one. Also, let your primary health care practitioner know you are receiving massage therapy.

Who will perform the massage?

Your session will be conducted by a trained professional who has received proper training, often in a variety of techniques. Licensing requirements vary by geographic location.

What is the massage session like?

Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will be on a table especially designed for your comfort. You will be draped with a sheet throughout your service. As each part of the body is being massaged, it is uncovered. Genitals and women’s breasts will be covered at all times. A light oil may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. Feel free to let you massage therapist know what you are comfortable with.

Most people feel very relaxed after the massage. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.



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