What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massage incorporates a variety of advanced modalities that improve the functioning of the body. Light to firm touch is used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, and impart a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage can be used as a collaborative and supportive complement to the conventional medical treatment of illnesses and injuries, relieving pain, stress, helping the healing of soft tissues and revitalizing the body. In addition, regular massage can improve health, providing relaxation, relief of muscle tension, relief of anxiety and tension, and balancing aspects of body / mind / spirit.

Therapeutic Massage Techniques

  • Swedish massage: Fluid, kneading and passive joint movement techniques. It favors the release of tension and general relaxation. It stimulates the nerve endings of the skin and connective tissue, increasing blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Deep tissue massage: Work performed deep within the muscles and connective tissue. Slow movements and deep finger pressure work to release contracted areas of the muscles and surrounding tissue.
  • Reflexology: Pressure points maintain reflex channels. Effective for areas of tension or pain. Hands, feet, and ear pressure points are massaged to promote general well-being.
  • Neuromuscular massage: Advanced massage techniques effectively treat chronic pain and injuries. Improves muscular and postural imbalances.
  • Craneosacral therapy: The light touch keeps the work within the natural flows of the body. Produces deep relaxation and a boost to body alignment and natural healing ability.
  • Limphatic drainage therapy: Light pressure facilitates more movement of the lymphatic fluid. It complements the treatment of autoimmune disorders, cancer therapies, surgery and contributes to well-being through a better immune response.

What is Therapeutic Massage effective for?

Research has shown that therapeutic massage techniques can be helpful in the following conditions:

  • Stress, anxiety, depression: Promotes the relaxation response, improves coping mechanisms in patients undergoing cancer treatment, reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress disorders.
  • Pain control: Fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, headaches and childbirth.
  • Chronic lung disease: Increases respiratory function and decreases anxiety.
  • Digestive: Adjuvant therapy to the treatment of chronic constipation.
  • Injuries: Overuse and repetitive strain injuries, sports and workplace trauma, cervical whiplash.

What are the best times for a Therapeutic Massage?

The best time for a therapeutic massage is when you feel upset or when you just don’t feel your best. Others find that a regular therapeutic massage every month or two is a great dose of preventive therapy. We even have some very stressed clients who get weekly massages just to cope with daily life.

What is the duration of the therapeutic massage?

If you have never received a therapeutic massage before or it has been a long time since your last massage, your initial treatment should ideally be 60 to 90 minutes so that the therapist can work those tired muscles at an even rate to minimize any possible pain on the next day.

What if the best frequency for the massage?

All needs differ depending on your lifestyle or the problems the client comes with. Therapists will advise you as they see your particular case.