A Little History
Massage is an intuitive healing art that has been around for millennia. Many believe that massage therapy is the precursor to all other forms of manual therapy; including physical therapy, chiropractic and orthopedics. The oldest written record of massage is approximately 4000 years old.
What is Massage?
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments)
to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods
(also called modalities).
Can Massage Help Me?
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.
What conditions can massage help?
Massage can help treat stress-related physical conditions, including; anxiety and depression, fatigue, headaches and migraines, pain, including muscle tension, back, shoulder and neck pain and repetitive stress injuries.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see changes, but typically after each treatment you will feel totally relaxed.
Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem.
A massage therapist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”. Treatment frequency is also determined by your primary healthcare provider (your primary doctor) in the case of private health insurance, workman’s compensation claims and motor vehicle accident claims.
Before your massage, you'll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress or perform towel management for you. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.