Massage Therapy. What Is It Good For?

If you’re here, you’re already taking the first step to living a more relaxed, stress-free lifestyle.

 

While massage therapy was once deemed a luxury, it’s absolute importance is becoming more widely recognized.

Doctors send their athletes for regular massage to help alleviate problems from old injuries and to help prevent future injuries.

Psychiatrists send their patients to a good massage therapist for the mental health benefits.

Even a large number of businesses have started allowing their employees to use their flexible spending accounts for massage therapy to help keep their employees happy and healthy, both mentally and physically.

Check with your employer to find out if you are eligible to use your FSA for regular massage!

Many of us are on the go and rarely take time to take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically.

Repetitive motions, even ones that seem mundane such as sitting at a computer all day long, create unnecessary strain on our already overworked muscles.

As we become more fatigued and restless, we “hold” our muscles in an improper position, quite literally creating the tension and tightness that massage therapy works to alleviate.

Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to undo these everyday tension builders. For some people, less pressure and more fluid, relaxing techniques do the trick. For others, intense, focused pressure sends a stronger message to our bodies to let go of the physical tension that we’re holding in our muscles.

In fact, if you are new to massage or have waited too long since your last one, you may even find that you are fatigued after your session almost in the same sense that you feel after an intense workout. This phenomenon is created by the “working” of your muscles to release built-up tension, even if your Massage Therapist appears to be the one doing all of the work.

Acute or Chronic Muscular Tension or Dysfunction

Limited or Impeded Range of Motion

Headaches

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)

Low Back Pain

Neck or Shoulder Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Anterior Compartment Syndrome

Shin Splints

Plantar Fasciitis

Hip or Knee Problems

Anxiety or Sleep Disorders

Poor Circulation

Internal Adhesions and Scar Tissue

If you have never had a massage before, you’ve come to the right place! Our experienced Massage Therapists will guide you through the process from beginning to end and make sure that you are comfortable throughout. Each session is specific to our clients’ needs; we ask a variety of questions to help you determine what will work best for you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have before your first session.

Below are some other frequently asked questions.

 

Will massage alone cure my pain or physical discomfort?

Most people leave therapeutic massage sessions feeling a great deal of physical and even mental relief, it is important to understand that massage alone will not alleviate muscular tension and pain.

In order to maintain optimum physical well being, it is important to:

  • Practice Proper Ergonomics, Posture and Good Body Mechanics
  • Receive Wellness Treatments as needed including, but not limited to, Therapeutic Massage, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Health Coaching, etc.
  • Stretch Daily
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet
  • Reduce Your Daily Mental Stress
  • Ensure Regular, Healthy Sleeping Patterns
  • Ensure Your Mattress, Pillows, Shoes, etc. are the Right Products for You
  • Work to Identify Factors that Cause Physical Pain or Discomfort

 

How long of a session should I choose?

The length of the session you choose will vary upon each person’s needs. Here are some general guidelines that can help you decide:

  • 30 minute sessions are great for those who are in a hurry or who only need work on specific areas for specific problems such as neck or back pain, headaches, etc.
  • 45 minute sessions are great for those who are in a hurry or who only need work on specific areas for specific problems such as neck or back pain, headaches, etc. and also want a few extra minutes for relaxation.
  • 60 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage without a lot of focus or for those who have chronic pain or tension and need concentrated, extended periods of work on specific areas.
  • 75 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage with a little extra focus or for those who have chronic pain or tension and need concentrated, extended periods of work on specific areas.
  • 90 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage with enough time to focus on more than one problem area.
  • 120 minute sessions should only be scheduled for clients with chronic pain or medical issues. Not available for new clients.

 

How often should I receive massage?

This answer will differ from person to person. It primarily depends on your goal in receiving therapeutic massage. If you are working to alleviate pain or physical limitation such as range of motion, it is probably more effective for you to come in more frequently for your first few sessions. Once you start to notice an improvement in your ailment you can start to increase the amount of time between your sessions. A “tune up” is always a good idea to continue with regularly, especially if you are very physically active or have reoccurring issues.

There are a tremendous amount of techniques used by Massage Therapists across the globe. Below are the services offered at Lakeside Wellness, along with the practitioners who provide these services.

  • Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is typically sought out by athletes, weekend warriors or those suffering from chronic pain. The pressure, or amount of forced used during a deep tissue massage, is greater than that of a traditional relaxation massage. However, the ideal that “a good deep tissue massage has to hurt in order to be effective” is completely inaccurate. Each person’s level of pressure will vary based on their specific needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort during your deep tissue massage, please voice this to your practitioner. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Alyson Schlobohm.

  • Hot Stone Massage: Smooth stones are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils, the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of massage stones induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Julienne Perez.

  • Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. Specially-designed massage tables, cushions, and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Julienne Perez.

  • Relaxation (Swedish) Massage: Massage oil or cream is used with smooth, gliding strokes. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits. It is a classic massage that will ease your stress and allow you to slip into a calm state of relaxation. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Alyson Schlobohm and Licensed Massage Therapist Julienne Perez.

  • Reflexology: Reflexology is a technique that focuses on specific pressure points within your feet to help correct energy flows throughout your body. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Julienne Perez.

  • Russian Sports Massage: Sports massage uses a variety of massage techniques designed to help your body feel freer and stronger. It is particularly great for those with active lifestyles. Available with Licensed Massage Therapist Julienne Perez.