Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage. But this is not always the case. Deep tissue massage is great at breaking down scar tissue and getting your blood circulating, but it may not be what you need on a particular day. A good therapist will apply the specific techniques and the right amount of pressure to address your need, and sometimes that’s a lighter touch.
60 Minute: $90
90 Minute: $120
120 Minute: $140
Types of Therapeutic Massage:
There are several different types of therapeutic massage, such as:
Deep Tissue Massage (Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Cross Fiber Friction, Active Release Treatment)
Myofascial Release Massage
Your therapist will use a combination of techniques depending on what your body needs in that moment.
Therapeutic Massage is great for chronic pain, focused area treatment, pre/post surgery (especially orthopedic surgery), injuries rehabilitation. It focuses on the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints. The goal is to return the joints to their normal range of function, as well as to reduce pain from joint movement.
Your therapists must possess an extensive understanding of anatomy and how misalignment of the soft tissues can affect the musculoskeletal system and lead to pain and injury.
Most commonly, clients seek out Therapeutic Massage due to pain. The source of the pain could be chronic, post-surgical, acute injury, overuse strain from repetitive use. For example, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, tennis/golfers elbow, back/neck pain, pelvis pain, fibromyalgia, TMJD, migraines/tension headache, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, sciatica, post hip replacement, post knee replacement, SI joint pain, to name a few.
Majority of the time sessions are focused to a specific area and its immediate surroundings, unless your therapist feels that the pain is being caused by a postural discrepancy or restriction further away from the pain.
Types of modalities used:
Clients will be assessed for range of motion, flexibility, and rotation of the tissues and joints. This will help your therapist determine what muscle groups and tendons are involved and which techniques would be best.
Your massage therapist will use an assortment of soft-tissue techniques to loosen muscles and tendons.
These techniques include:
Active engagement – Used to reach deep, hard to access muscles by compressing muscles and stroking lengthwise in a perpendicular motion.
Positional release – A gentle treatment safe for inflamed muscles and tissues that are too sensitive for other techniques. Soft tissues are manipulated into comfortable positions and held in the correct place for a minute or longer. This lengthens and softens tissues promoting pain relief.
Muscle energy technique – Therapist provides resistance while you voluntarily contract certain muscles.
Trigger point therapy – Uses intervals of pressure on trigger areas to release.
Myofascial release – Gentle pressure applied to the body to stretch fascia tissues.