Do you use massage primarily to de-stress, and relax? Or are you looking for a more focused session to get relief from muscle and joint pain brought on by repetitive work or sports related activities? Read on below to find out more and decide which service might best fit your goals.
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Wellness and Relaxation Massage
Do you use massage primarily to unwind and relax? To get a few kinks worked out of your muscles and joints? To feel less stressed and anxious? To reward yourself for managing a hectic week at the office? And so that you can feel good? Then a Wellness and Relaxation Massage treatment might be right for you.
The goal of a Wellness and Relaxation Massage session is to reduce stress and anxiety, offer relief for joint stiffness and minor muscle pain, and thereby promote relaxation along with general wellness. It is based on Swedish massage techniques.
Swedish massage, also referred to as the “western” or “classic style” of massage, is a systematic approach of manual manipulations applied to the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. The intensity of manipulations can vary from light to vigorous and can be adjusted to each clients’ individual preference. Each massage stroke builds upon the effects of the previous stroke to help increase circulation, alleviate muscular pain and discomfort, reduce muscle spasm, and to help relieve stress.
An oil, lotion, or cream may be used to allow your muscles to be manipulated without causing friction to the skin. Assisted joint movements may also be incorporated into a client’s treatment when indicated. They are gentle in nature and are intended to take a joint through its range of motion while giving a pleasant stretch the associated tissues.
To prepare for their massage, after the massage therapist leaves the room, the client is asked to undress only to their level of comfort though it is suggested to leave your bottom underwear on. The client lies on the massage table underneath a drape which provides warmth, privacy, and to maintain professional standards. During the massage, only the part of the body being treated will be exposed. The breasts and genitals will never be exposed or touched, and the buttocks will never be fully exposed. Clients are not required to disrobe for massage treatments as you can receive a great massage session fully clothed.
A Swedish Massage is typically applied to the entire body – i.e. the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, hips, thighs, legs, and feet. If you prefer that certain areas not receive massage, just let your massage therapist know before your session begins. All sessions can be customized to support a client’s goal. For example, some may feel the largest gains for relaxation by only receiving massage to the back, neck, and shoulders.
Communication with your massage therapist is encouraged to help establish clear goals and expectations for each session. Clients are also encouraged to give feedback during the session especially as it pertains to comfort (e.g. massage pressure too light or hard, music volume, room temperature, etc).
Advanced Wellness Clinical Massage
Use a focused massage & bodywork treatment strategy to help get relief from muscular pain & tension issues brought on by work or sports related repetitive strain actions. Learn about self-help and prevention strategies to maintain your wellness.
The accumulation of physical stress in the 21st century workplace is the result of, at least in part, how much time we spend sitting and processing information on computers, tablets, and smart phones. Added on to that now are mental stresses associated with balancing work and family life, 24-hour connectivity from our digital devices, meetings, deadlines, navigating conflicts within corporate culture, and before you get into the office you may have already spent close to an hour or longer driving to work under congested traffic conditions. For some individuals, a Wellness and Relaxation Massage Treatment can work very well as part of a broader maintenance strategy to keep harmony intact. For others a different approach may be needed.
Whereas the Wellness and Relaxation Massage session emphasizes relaxing the mental/emotional state and allowing the client to have a space to unwind and relax during the treatment (i.e. a 60-90 minute “vacation”), the Advanced Wellness Clinical Massage Treatment places a primary focus on relieving physical discomforts and involves the active participation of each client.
An Advanced Wellness Clinical Massage Treatment session is focused on the relationship between posture and pain. It employs the most effective tools of massage and bodywork techniques that can help to improve posture and relieve the build up of physical stresses over time that can potentially lead to conditions involving:
- neck pain caused from postural strain (e.g. “text neck”)
- headache caused from accumulated tension in the shoulders, neck, jaw, and cranial muscles
- repetitive strain/overuse disorders or injuries of the forearms, wrist, and fingers from typing and texting
- back pain and general stiffness from sitting all day and stagnant posture
- also… feelings of anxiety, depression, low energy, and burnout.
Your first session will begin with a detailed health history – questions about past and present health status along with a separate questionnaire where you can describe the nature of your physical pain or other discomforts. General assessments of posture and joint range of motion will be performed as needed. In this type of session, assessment and treatment are often interchanged. It is recommended that clients bring sports attire to each session (men: shorts & shirt, women: shorts or yoga pants, sports bra).
The goals for each session are:
1. Design a results oriented treatment plan from detailed history taking and physical assessments
2. Incorporate the massage/bodywork modalities which can most effectively addresses the primary complaints, relieve muscle/joint pain and improve posture
3. Help you gain a useful understanding of posture and its importance as you work
4. Offer education regarding work-desk ergonomics and micro-breaking as a prevention strategy
Benefits to you are:
- Get relief from muscular pain issues through focused and customized massage and bodywork treatment
- Increase joint flexibility and range of motion, relax your mind and your muscles
- Learn to apply self massage and stretching techniques as part of a prevention and maintenance strategy
- Learn micro-breaking strategies and practical ergonomic solutions for desk or other forms of work to help ward off posture and pain problems
Advanced Wellness Clinical Massage Treatment sessions can be used on an “as needed” basis or as part of a regular monthly maintenance program.
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