During the Massage
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the soothing and relaxing method of relieving aches and pains, as well as improving health by kneading, stoking, and applying pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues in the body. In our office, we also incorporate stretching and range of motion into the massage.
What are the different kinds of massage you perform in the office?
Our massages are therapeutic in nature as we focus on resolving a specific physical problem or injury. The types of massage include:
- deep tissue
- neuromuscular (trigger point)
- relaxation (stress reduction)
- chair or seated massage
- chiropractic/medical massage
- sports massage
- infant massage
- pregnancy massage
- Swedish massage
- hot stone
Deep Tissue uses a variety of hands-on techniques are used to restore the connective tissue to its natural state. Another name for connective tissue is fascia -- tissue surrounding the muscles. Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This technique is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury. It can be used to restore flexibility and functionality to the muscles and remove pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy is used to treat soft-tissue pain and dysfunctional patterns utilizing specific massage therapy techniques, stretching and instruction for at-home care in order to restore health in the body. Focus can be trigger points, posture, nutrition, and stress. Commonly used on clients involved in pain management, sports injuries and rehabilitation.
Trigger Point Therapy uses techniques to release the trigger points and help to restore homeostasis within the muscle. The more known name for a trigger point is “knot”.
Chair or Seated Massage is sometimes provided in a business or corporate setting. At Sauganash Wellness Center, we provide chair massages at local runs/races, gyms and schools to name a few. Clients remained fully clothed. Swedish Massage is generally the technique that is used.
Chiropractic/Medical Massage is a therapeutic massage treatment provided by a credentialed massage therapist who functions as part of a health care team, following the objectives of a comprehensively designed treatment plan.
Sports Massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have a sports massage, it is also used for people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation, but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.
Infant Massage uses gentle massage techniques performed on children from the moment of their birth and beyond.
Pregnancy Massage (also called prenatal massage) is provided during pregnancy to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. Could also include massage during labor and postpartum.
Swedish Massage is the most widely known modality. The technique includes long strokes (effleurage), kneading movements (pettrissage), friction both superficial and deep, vibration and percussion. Oils, lotions and lubricants are usually applied. This technique is often used in combination with other techniques.
Therapeutic Massage is the systematic manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of promoting circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxing the muscles, relief from pain, and the restoration of metabolic balance. Any one particular technique or a combination of several techniques can be used.
Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art that has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Aromatherapy uses essential oils (oils extracted from flowers, herbs, resin, woods and roots) to aid in muscle relaxation, improve circulation, energize you or reduce stress.
Hot Stone is a method of massage using heated and iced stones for relaxation. Stones are held by the massage therapist and a light pressure is applied. Stones are used intermittently throughout the body to warm and loosen tight muscles.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Everyone knows that massage therapy feels good! Time and studies have shown the true health benefits of therapeutic massage therapy. Massage...
- Is very effective in the relief of pain from aching and stiff muscles, whether due to a particular health problem or from chronic stress (physical, emotional, and environmental).
- Helps increase body motion, improve flexibility, promote muscle relaxation, and relieve spasms and cramps.
- Increases the blood circulation and lymphatic circulation which helps remove waste and toxins from the muscles.
- Provides emotional benefits including decreased anxiety, tension, fatigue, stress, and an enhanced sense of well being.
- Can help to loosen contracted muscles and stimulate weak muscles.
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves posture and strengthens the immune system.
How does a massage help stress?
The body and mind work together. Mental anxiety causes muscular tension. A massage relieves muscular tension and signals the brain to tell all of your muscles to relax. Stress-reduction massage requires no effort or active participation from the patient or client. A massage therapist does all the work while the client unwinds and enjoys a massage that reduces stress and melts away tension throughout the body.
Why does a massage make people feel so wonderful?
Therapeutic massage causes the body to release endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in the body that are also released when you exercise or laugh. Endorphins make you feel relaxed, happy and stress-free after a great massage at our office!
Can massage help old injuries?
People suffering for years from old injuries (auto accidents, work place injuries, sports injuries, etc.) as well as new traumas have found that neuromuscular massage helps eliminate their chronic, nagging pain. The severe pain caused by new trauma as well as chronic pain responds well to the gentle kneading and stretching of massage.
Can massage help sports performance?
Professional and amateur athletes alike find massage stretches tight muscles and improves range of motion like nothing else. Restoring full motion and relieving tightness helps athletes stay limber and balanced for optimal sports performance. Also, new and recurring injuries are prevented when muscles remain flexible and motion is balanced.
What conditions are helped with therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic massage can provide dramatic results for many conditions including:
- Neck Pain/Whiplash
- Low back pain
- Disc pain
- Hip, leg, knee, ankle, and foot pain
- Mid back pain
- Rib pain
- Shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand pain
- TMJ syndrome
- Stress and tension
- Auto accidents
- Work and other traumatic accidents
- Sports injuries
- Muscular injuries
- And more!
What training is required of a professional massage therapist?
Professional massage therapists are well-educated and professionally trained. They complete training at an accredited institution and earn a diploma entitling the therapist to list their credentials. Examples include CMT (Certified Massage Therapist), LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), and RMT (Registered Massage Therapist).
Many states, including Illinois, regulate massage therapists requiring licenses, registrations, and/or certifications. Additionally the therapist may have to pass state board exams and be trained in first aid and CPR.
Our massage therapists at Sauganash Wellness Center are licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. They are trained in first aid as well as CPR. Additionally, they fulfill their yearly continuing education requirements by taking classes that further their knowledge and enhance their skills.
DURING THE MASSAGE
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position any time to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Am I expected to talk during the massage?
If you wish to have silence, you should say so at the beginning of the treatment. The therapist may, however, require verbal information pertinent to health findings during the treatment.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. It may be recommended that you use ice or soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts after your massage.