Therapeutic Massage

 

Licensed Massage Therapists:

Jennifer Modjeska L.M.T., DeeplyRooted:

Jennifer Modjeska has been a massage therapist in the Quad Cities for nearly 30 years.   She has a wide range of techniques that can get deeply into your muscles.  If you are looking for relaxation massage,  Swedish massage,  prenatal massage or someone to get deep into your muscles without pain,  Jennifer is your therapist.  Be prepared to walk out of her room relaxed, rejuvenated, and feeling amazing. Book with Jennifer!

Elisa Coffman, L.M.T., Room to Renew:

Elisa has been a massage therapist in Iowa since 2007 and specializes in integrative massage for stress, anxiety & pain relief associated with headaches, body aches, fibromyalgia & neuropathy and much more. Her experience includes Swedish, Orthopedic & Geriatric Elder Massage, Compassionate & Healing Touch, Reiki Energy, & Hawaiian Healing which she combines in her sessions to give you a customized massage based on your needs.  Elisa’s massage pressure varies from gentle relaxation to firm with focus on areas of tension.   Elisa is also in training and offering reflexology.  Book with Elisa!

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:

  • Therapeutic massage. A licensed massage therapist uses a variety of techniques based on your preference for massage pressure and reason for massage.  Technique can vary and include:
    • 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-powerful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Integrative massage. A licensed massage therapist combines a variety of massage and energy techniques to give you a customized session. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.  The massage pressure can vary from light to firm.

As these are the specific types of massage, 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

Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.

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