Massage therapy offers the perfect complimentary or standalone treatment to your care plan because it focuses on alleviating dysfunction of your body’s soft tissue. “Soft tissue” refers to your muscles, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels, which provide movement and nourishment for your joints and bones. Dysfunction in these groups can arise after arduous physical activity, disease, injury, and even prolonged periods of stillness where the muscles are not receiving adequate blood flow.
Our therapists are trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques, which are characterized by different amounts of pressure, different application of strokes, and varying benefits for the body.
Swedish Technique: Long, slow, light-to-moderate pressure applied superficially to the length of each muscle. Used for improved circulation, relaxation, and reduced anxiety. This technique is generally offered for patients with lower pain/pressure tolerance.
Deep Tissue Technique: Used for relieving chronically painful and tight muscles that inhibit movement, deep tissue is characterized by slow and deep sustained pressure working in the deeper layers of muscular/connective tissue. Deep tissue massage manually releases toxic buildup and scar tissue, which is then released back into the body’s circulation to be excreted.
Pre-Massage and Post-Massage Care:
- Ensure to eat a healthy and balanced meal a few hours before your massage. Massage stimulates digestion, so you might be left feeling very hungry or notice your stomach growling mid-session. Don’t worry, that’s your parasympathetic nervous system at work! Massage can also lower blood glucose levels, which might cause dizziness/lightheadedness on an empty stomach.
- Drink plenty of water before and after each session. This is imperative in combatting muscle soreness after a deep tissue session.
- Communicate with your therapist and complete your intake form completely and honestly! We ask questions about your medical history and medications so we can treat you safely.
- Avoid vigorous activity and get as much rest as you can after a therapy session- remember, we are stimulating your natural body’s healing processes which continue for several hours after you leave. Your body is working hard, so let it do its job!
- Natural soreness can be expected for 24-48 hours after each session. Cold therapy applications at home can help reduce inflammation and sensitivity.