What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy provides stimulation to the skin, muscle and connective tissue. It improves circulation of blood, stimulates the lymph and immune systems, and brings an overall sense of calm to muscles and nerves. It can even reorient muscle back to its original position after trauma. Massage therapy does not involve manipulation of bones or joints.
How is therapeutic massage therapy different from other massage therapy?
Therapeutic massage therapy focuses on muscles or muscle groups that are tight or unbalanced. During the release of tight muscles, there may be discomfort until the muscle relaxes. The vast majority of joint problems that most people have are related to tight and imbalanced muscles. These respond favorably to massage therapy. Because the affected muscles belong to a whole body of muscles, other areas of the body are also worked on during therapeutic massage.
Regular massage therapy focuses on gentle, soothing relaxing movements that make you feel great, but may not solve your joint or pain problems in your body.
What conditions does massage therapy help?
The list is endless. Here are a few of the most common conditions that are helped with this modality—joint pain, tendonitis, tingling in arms and legs, back or neck pain, headaches, sprains or strains, poor posture. Massage therapy reduces stress, which is at the core of all disease. People get the most help when they plan on a series of sessions to address their problem completely.
How much does massage therapy cost?
Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. The charge is $85 per hour, or $135 per 90 minutes.