Massage Therapy - What is it Good for?

Lakeside Wellness’ very own! Pictured here is Licensed Massage Therapist, Evan Hart, practicing on Licensed Massage Therapist, Sarah Offenbacher.

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!

Conditions That Massage Therapy Can Help to Alleviate or Lessen

 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

 

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.

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.

  • 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. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • Reflexology: Reflexology is a technique that focuses on specific pressure points within your feet to help correct energy flows throughout your body. 

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.

Meet Your Massage Therapists

Alyson Schlobohm

Licensed Massage Therapist, Owner, Lakeside Wellness

 

Call or Text: (804) 516-4285

Email: aly@lakesidewellness.net

Learn More About Alyson

Evan Hart

Licensed Massage Therapist

 

Call or Text: (804) 218-0067

Email: evan@lakesidewellness.net

Learn More About Evan

Sarah Offenbacher

Licensed Massage Therapist

 

Call or Text: (818) 679-9005

Email: sarah@lakesidewellness.net

Learn More About Sarah