Massage Therapy is a wonderful tool that helps alleviate pain and stress in bodies of all ages and types. It is one of the most effective complimentary treatments used today to restore our body as a whole. Massage Therapy can help alleviate pain due to soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday stress, chronic pain, and muscle overuse. Massage is a natural, non-invasive approach to overall wellness and will help allow the body to naturally heal itself and revive. There are many wonderful benefits of massage such as:
- Increasing circulation
- Increasing range of motion (ROM) and joint flexibility
- Decreasing anxiety/stress
- Reducing muscle spasms
- Increasing endorphin release, which is our body’s natural painkiller and “feel-good” hormone
Massage Therapy sessions at our office range from a half hour session up to a full 2 hour session. (A half hour appt is not an appropriate amount of time to address the entire body it is more part specific ex: upper body tension therapist will work on back, neck and shoulders.) A session consists of the therapist discussing with the client about his/her areas of tension or concern that they wish to have the therapist focus on during their massage and then a plan is created together from there for each individual client. Every body is different therefore each session is different due to the needs of that particular client. You don’t have to have any specific concerns or conditions to benefit from a massage. Many people receive massage therapy to just simply “get away” from the stresses of life and to relax and restore the body, mind, and spirit.
Our Massage Therapist Heather Can Do Lymphatic Massages!
Lymphatic massage, also known as lymphatic drainage, is a gentle form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to improve metabolism, promote the removal of bodily toxins and waste, and encourages a healthy immune system. The massage works by working with the body’s own lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for immune system regulation and fluid and waste removal. It is what helps rid the body of any toxins that may cause illness. When the lymphatic system slows down or becomes blocked, then fluids begin to build up, causing the whole body to feel tired and heavy, making us susceptible to catching sicknesses. By stimulating the lymph nodes through massage, it helps to clear any blockages and gives the lymphatic system a boost keeping it running healthy and strong. A lymphatic massage session begins with a consultation between the therapist and client to discuss the client’s specific needs and how many sessions will be needed. The actual massage consists of gentle pressured and pumping movements towards the direction of the lymph nodes throughout the body. The procedure uses the deep thumb pressure of shiatsu combined with the relaxing techniques of the Swedish massage. Depending on whether the therapist is focused on only one specific area or is working on the entire body, a session can last anywhere between half an hour to two hours in length.. Since it consists of only soft, rhythmic motion, the technique can be used on even the gentlest of areas including areas of the body that are swollen. The massage is good for individuals who frequently suffer from illnesses, a faulty immune system, sports injuries, depression and emotional problems, stress, and low energy. It has been shown to have positive effects on the skin, to produce energy, and to help with respiratory problems. The treatment boosts the immune system making it easier to fight of disease and creates general feelings of vitality. It can also help the client deal with different types of pain because it evokes the body’s innate healing mechanisms.The cost is $75, and you must pay in cash because we can not bill your insurance for this.
Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
These two are a terrific pair and go hand ‘n hand wonderfully. KST Chiropractic care helps keep your body in alignment by adjusting the bones of our body and helps correct many conditions and discomforts. Massage therapy helps by softening and manipulating the tissues of the body. Therefore, a massage can help the body hold adjustments longer. If the muscles in your body are hypertonic (tight, tense) then they can fight against the bones of the body by pulling, therefore causing your body to go out of alignment which is the cause of many discomforts and conditions. So by keeping the tissues of your body soft and relaxed you help keep your body healthy and allow your KST chiropractor to adjust you easier.
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Commonly Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Come as you are straight from work or come in wearing your comfy clothes you lounge around in. What you’re wearing does not affect your massage in any way, just your comfort level when you are finished.
Must I completely undress for my massage?
Most massage sessions are performed with the client undressed down to their underpants, but it is entirely up to you and your comfort level. You will be properly draped/covered with sheets and a blanket during the entire session. Only the body part being currently worked on will be exposed at a time.
How does my massage session begin?
Your therapist will take you to a private treatment room where soft music will be playing and the lighting will be dim and relaxing. The therapist will answer any questions you may have then leave closing the door behind her. You will undress down to your comfort level, get on the heated massage table underneath a sheet and blanket, cover up completely except for your head, and wait for your therapists knock.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head neck and shoulders.
Will the massage hurt?
Each person/body is tolerable of different types of pressure. Therefore your therapist will ask you what you prefer, and check with you during your session to see if you feel the depth of pressure is appropriate for your comfort level. You want to be experiencing a sense of relief from tensi on and be able to relax and enjoy your massage. The decision is up to you just make sure you communicate with your therapist. It doesn’t have to “hurt” to be effective. For a few days after a massage you may feel that your muscles are sore, like after a workout. This is totally normal and is your body’s way of getting rid of toxins and repairing itself.
What can I expect for my first session?
For your first session you should arrive approximately 10 minutes early giving you time to fill out an intake that has a variety of questions about your job, activities, family and personal history of disease, accidents, and surgeries to help the therapist understand what plan is best for you. It may seem excessive but all of these answers lead to clues that help in your recovery plan and ease your discomfort. Knowledge is key.
Can I bring anyone in with me?
No. If you have children, you will have to make alternate arrangements for their care while you receive your massage. They may NOT be in the room during your massage, neither will they be allowed to wait in the waiting room or any of our treatment rooms. The ONLY exception to this policy is if you require a caretaker, in which case they may wait in our waiting room.
How will I feel after my session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience relief from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. People often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Should I tip?
Gratuity is up to each individual. Most clients do tip a therapist after receiving a massage. Tipping is not required but appreciated. The average tip is usually 20% of the cost of a session.