Research has shown that massage therapy helps to promote relaxation and decrease stress. By decreasing stress, it helps the body function, specifically the immune system. Massage therapy improves mental clarity and increases body awareness. It also helps improve circulation, which may improve skin health, digestive function and even decrease blood pressure. If you experience pain caused by muscle tension or spasm, it can be reduced, if not eliminated, with massage therapy. It is commonly used to help relieve headaches, neck and back pain and many other common pain syndromes.
Rejuvenate and relax with our licensed massage therapists who specialize in relaxation and therapeutic massage that includes aspects of myofascial release, positional release, sports massage, and shiatsu. Our massage sessions are available in 1-hour and 1.5-hour sessions.
Getting Started With Massage Therapy
Prior to your first massage session, a massage therapy questionnaire is completed. This form provides client health and injury history information for the massage therapist in order to provide therapeutic massage. It also allows you to inform the therapist of your goals for the session. It also prevents the massage therapist from performing massage therapy where it may be contraindicated.
The massage therapist will review and discuss your questionnaire with you. This ensures that he/she has a full understanding of the information you provide. This also enables you to express any questions or concerns before your massage therapy session begins.
What to Expect
Your massage session will take place in a massage therapy room, which is dimly lit with soft music. There will be a massage table covered with a sheet and blanket. Dress attire during you massage session is based according to your comfort level. You may choose to wear your undergarments or gym shorts. The massage therapist will exit the room while you disrobe and position yourself on the massage table under a sheet. In most cases you will begin by lying face down on the massage table. Your face will be placed in a face rest, a doughnut-shaped cushion specifically designed to allow you to lie on your stomach. It also allows you to breathe easily with your face down. After a few minutes the massage therapist will ask to reenter. This is when your therapeutic massage begins.
During the massage therapy conversation is limited to increase your state of relaxation and tension release. It is imperative that you inform the therapist if you experience discomfort or if he/she needs to adjust the pressure. A wide variety of strokes will be utilized depending on your goals. At the close of the session, the massage therapist will inform you that he/she is exiting the room for you to redress. It is advised that you rise slowly from the massage table for some may experience slight dizziness.
After your session the massage therapist keeps a record of progress for your massage session(s). This allows the ability to design consecutive sessions that can work toward your goal(s). Massage therapy is designed to decrease muscle tension, increase flexibility and circulation, and promote relaxation. This cannot be achieved solely in a one-hour session. It is recommended to have follow-up sessions.
If you need to cancel a session you must call the massage therapist 24 hours in advance. While we try to be flexible, we need time to make changes. If you do not give your therapist at least 24 hours advance notice to cancel you will be charged for the missed session. If a cancellation must occur please call the front desk at 314-432-6103.