Medical research has shown that it can reduce acute and chronic pain, hasten healing from trauma or injury, reduce edema, improve posture and flexibility, relax muscle cramps and spasms, relieve congestion and breathing restrictions, and enhance sports performance. It can also increase relaxation, immunity, and energy levels, and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. It can even have a positive affect on certain medical conditions like high blood pressure and insomnia, and can help ease the effects of pregnancy and facilitate post-partum recovery.
How does Therapeutic Massage work?
Therapeutic Massage works by blocking pain perception, activating the release of endorphins and serotonin, releasing and preventing the formation of scar tissue, and increasing the flow of lymph and blood.
How is an evaluation made?
Our sessions begin with a discussion of your symptoms and health history. This is followed by a physical assessment, utilizing techniques like postural analysis and palpation, which lets the Massage Therapist know the patterns that currently exist within your body and where to focus the treatment for the greatest results. Symptoms often manifest in places other than the actual site of pain, and this assessment allows us to track these issues back to their origin.
What is a Therapeutic Massage session like?
Sessions start with a discussion of your symptoms and goals. This is followed by a physical assessment. Next, we exit the room so that you can get ready and get under the covers. Some people disrobe partially or entirely and some leave on their undergarments. Whatever you are comfortable with is fine. Either way, you will always be fully draped with sheets and blankets except for the area that is currently being worked on. Our massages typically integrate a wide range of techniques, from gentle sweeping motions to focused pressure. We always take into account your preferences and goals, and only apply pressure as deep as your body allows. As your body relaxes naturally, we can access different layers of tissue, releasing your pain at the root. This gentle process brings about relaxation, an essential part of healing. Some soreness may result after a treatment, but should subside after 24 to 48 hours. Drinking plenty of water and taking a warm bath with epsom salts can help reduce any temporary discomforts.
What types of Therapeutic Massage techniques do you use?
We offer massage that combine Deep Tissue techniques like Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Connective Tissue Therapy with other types of techniques like Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Polarity Therapy. We also offer Maternity Massages for women in their second and third trimesters. Our massages are always customized according to your preferences and areas of concern.
Deep Tissue massage is the bulk of our practice and we utilize techiniqies like Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Connective Tissue Therapy. Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy deactivate trigger points, areas of contracted tissues that are typically tender to the touch and can cause pain and spasm in the local area or in other distant areas of the body. In this type of massage direct, concentrated pressure is applied to painful points or areas of muscle spasm and held until the intensity is reduced. Myofascial Release and Connective Tissue Therapy focus on releasing the fascia, the finer web of connective tissue that glues us to our skeleton. When we receive an injury or incision, fascia turns into scar tissue, restricting movement so that the injury can heal. These adhesions can persist long after the injury has healed, causing pain and reduced range of motion. By using a slow and firm pressure and little to no oil, these techniques melt the fascia that is binding the muscles and causing pain.
Other massage techniques we use include Swedish Massage, Reflexolgy, and Polarity Therapy. Swedish Massage is typically done on the whole body, utilizing the more superficial, basic massage strokes such as friction, effleurage (long and flowing strokes), and petrissage (kneading). The general effect is to loosen and relax the mind and body and gently stimulate detoxification. Reflexology focuses on pressure points on the hands and feet in order to treat the whole body. This technique is based on the theory that that all of the organs, glands, and systems of the body have a corresponding location on the extremities that can be useful for identifying and addressing imbalances in those areas. Polarity Therapy seeks to balance and releasing energetic blockages and re-establish normal energy flow patterns in the body. It uses light touch and sustained holds primarily on the head and feet to balance the body's electromagnetic field.
Maternity Massage is available for women in their second and third trimesters. Maternity Massage has many of the same goals as regular massage but is tailored specifically to the needs of the pregnant woman. It usually consists of a full-body massage utilizing a variety of techniques as listed above. It is relaxing, reduces stress, and relieves muscle cramps and pain caused by shifting bones and pressure on the weight-bearing joints. It increases blood and lymph circulation to reduce swelling, and enhances the pliability of the skin and underlying tissues. It is also excellent for helping the mother with recovery after childbirth. Since pregnant women are unable to lie face down or flat on their backs, prenatal massages are done with the woman lying either on her side or semi-reclined. Lots of pillow and cushions are used and adjustments are made as needed for comfort. Prenatal massages are contraindicated in the first trimester but are fine in the second and third. Certain areas and points on the body are off-limits as well and are always avoided by our practitioners. Though it is not necessary, you may want to get clearance from your doctor or midwife before receiving a massage since they are always contraindicated in high-risk pregnancies or when there are certain conditions present like blood clots, cramping, bleeding, or abdominal pain.
"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity." ~Hippocrates
We are open by appointment Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm.
779 Haywood Road, Downtown West Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 505-3174