ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
WHAT IS ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. There are many modalities or styles of massage such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, acupressure or meridian massage, Shiatsu, lymph drainage therapy, hot stone massage and sports massage. Hydrotherapy treatments (salt scrubs, heat and cold therapy such as fomentation or warm compress, ice pack, ice massage or cryotherapy) can be incorporated into the massage session as well as use of aromatherapy essential oils. We invite you to read the description of each type of massage we offer in the menu section.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE?
- Increasing blood and lymph flow
- Speeding up the removal of metabolic wastes
- Relieving pain
- Alleviating muscle spasms and cramps
- Improving joint function and mobility
- Reducing the recovery time from exercise and physical activity
- Facilitating healing of soft tissue injuries
- Improving digestive functions
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Helping to cope with stress
- Improving the quality of sleep
IS MASSAGE THERAPY SAFE?
Massage is therapeutic and safe when provided by a qualified and licensed practitioner that has knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathologies, and understands the relationship between the structures and functions of the body in health and disease. Massage therapists must have knowledge of massage techniques and their indications and contraindications; in other words they should know when a massage technique can benefit you and when its application is to be avoided.
WHEN IS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE INDICATED/RECOMMENDED?
Massage therapy is beneficial for muscular spasms and their prevention, for pain relief and pain management such as in arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, neuralgia, headaches, eyestrain and migraines. Massage can alleviate muscle pain, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow and wrist pain, back pain, upper back pain, lower back pain, sciatica, hip pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain. Therapeutic massage is applied to assist with healing of sports injuries and soft tissue injuries, which are muscle, tendon or ligament injuries known as sprains and strains and has important role during post injury and post-surgery rehabilitation. Massage can be used for repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, muscular adhesions, degenerative disc disease, dislocations, edema, whiplash, postural problems, scars and scar tissue. Massage provides relief for painful menstruation, endometriosis, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease, asthma and emphysema. Massage helps with digestion and elimination, constipation and may alleviate symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and Crohn’s disease. Massage can be of great support to people who suffer from anxiety, tension, stress, fatigue, insomnia, depression, breast cancer, DM (diabetes mellitus type I and type II), obesity and eating disorders.
IS THERE A SITUATION WHEN THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE IS NOT RECOMMENDED?
In some situations your massage therapist will not recommend that you receive a massage because it could make your condition worse. These are known as contraindications, some examples are high fever, severe cold, flu, acute pneumonia, uncontrolled hypertension (extremely high blood pressure), phlebitis, acute infection and inflammation, and intoxication. Once the condition was treated by a medical professional and is resolved, you will be able to receive massage.
There are also local contraindications such as small cuts or varicose veins. In this case your therapist will avoid the affected area and proceed with massage on other parts of the body.
Some conditions can be conditional contraindications. It means that the massage therapy session and techniques need to be adjusted. Certain modalities may be contraindicated (Swedish and deep tissue massage), while others are safe to use (energy work and Reflexology).
You need to consult your medical doctor and ask for permission to receive massage therapy if you had a recent surgery, a recent injury, and recent accident, if you receive treatments for cancer or other illness, have an unknown skin rash or an undiagnosed (unknown) condition.
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY THERAPIST?
We believe that great education and experience makes a great therapist. There is a huge difference in the amount of hours of training between therapists. You want to ask what school and continuing education workshops your therapist attended. Some schools offer basic and other advanced programs in therapeutic massage and the same applies to certifications in therapeutic modalities via continuing education.
IS THERE A PROOF THAT THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE WORKS?
Many research studies were conducted on the effectiveness of massage therapy. If you are interested to learn about the results of these studies and conditions that were found to benefit from massage therapy, you can look them up on Massage Magazine’s website, the American Massage Therapy Association’s website, and Massage Today.
IS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE WORTH TRYING?
At Your Wellness Time, we understand that therapeutic massage can be useful as a natural method of relieving pain, health prevention and maintenance tool and when incorporated into your lifestyle on regular basis it will provide you with many benefits just like a balanced diet and an exercise program. Ask yourself, what is an ounce of prevention worth? What is your health and wellbeing worth to you? How much it will cost you if you have to miss a day of work due to pain or a disease related to stress?
You deserve to enjoy the benefits of therapeutic massage!