Therapeutic Massage

Licensed Massage Therapists:

Jennifer Modjeska, Deeply Rooted

Amber Huffman, Amber’s Healing Touch

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage is a “type of treatment in which a trained and certified medical professional manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.” (Mayo Clinic) Or in non-medical speak: the rubbing, kneading, and manipulating of the muscles. There are many types and hybrid types that therapists may use but generally there is:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries and integrates more stretching.

As these are the specific types most therapists will discuss what your concerns and goals are for the session and accommodate accordingly.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

Preparing for a massage doesn’t require any special preparations. Before a massage therapy session starts, your therapist will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage that you’ve indicated on the intake sheet. Then you both can discuss the best course of action for the most productive session.

To receive the most benefits from a session, you undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You will lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet and blanket. Your massage therapist will perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.

Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure and vice versa. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes too painful, you should always let your therapist know.

 

 

What can I expect after a massage therapy session?

Water, water, water. As with any other session like this, blood flow is heightened and needs water to help the muscle recover and flush out toxins. It is not uncommon for there to be pain, soreness, and stiffness in the following days after a massage therapy session. This is due to the muscles being worked in ways that they were not previously accustomed. If this is something you’d like to avoid let your therapist know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly.

https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/3124/25-reasons-to-get-a-massage

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/massage-therapy/about/pac-20384595

 

 

Massage is not just luxurious.  It’s a way to a happier, healthier life!