Massage therapy is the relief of stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness, and improves circulation through kneading and pressure on the muscles and soft tissues of the body. It is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates recommended the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and most therapists use multiple techniques within a massage session. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body.
It may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be
included to reduce friction on the skin.
Massage Therapies Offered at ASHC
Deep tissue massage works the muscles and tendons from end to end. It can be done on either individual muscles or whole groups of muscles. This form of therapy is especially effective for back pain and stress.
Works specific trouble spots or "knots" of muscle using pressure and kneading.
Sports massage is a form of deep massage used for athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as many non-sporting individuals due to its many benefits. A sports massage can help prevent injury by improving the condition of the muscles. The massage therapist identifies muscle tightness, trigger points, and scar tissue which, if left untreated, may lead to injury.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis, and has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
MASSAGE THERAPY FAQ's
What is the difference between Therapeutic Massage and Spa Massage?
While both massage therapy and spa massage experiences are meant to relax muscles in the body, therapeutic massage is aimed at helping the body heal, and is often done in conjunction with chiropractic care.
After the spine is adjusted, the muscles around the bones need to adapt to the new position of the bones. This requires muscles and tendons to stretch or shrink. To assist the healing process, massage is often employed to initiate muscle changes. Simpler forms of massage may include massage chairs, roller beds, or water tables. Massage done by professional, licensed massage therapists provides a more intense, targeted muscle relaxation experience in a warm, private room.
How long is a typical massage session?
Many insurances approve treatment using therapeutic massage for 30-60 minutes per session. A chiropractic adjustment is usually included before your massage, so plan to arrive a few minutes early!
Will I be naked?
Depending on the area(s) of pain and the length of your session, our massage therapists may ask you to partially undress i.e. remove all clothing and undergarments from your top or bottom half, and then slip under warm covers on the massage table. The therapists leave the room when you dress or undress, and knock before re-entering the room. Our therapists are professionally trained, and act carefully to expose only the areas needed to work the target muscles.
Does the therapist expect me to talk or be quiet during the massage?
It can be helpful to mention when a particularly sore area is being worked (or missed!), but do what feels most natural or comfortable for you. While some people enjoy simply listening to the soothing music and feeling the massage, others enjoy asking questions or talking to the therapist. Our therapists work with every kind of person, and enjoy positive interactions with each patient.
Can I choose my therapist?
Yes! While both of our massage therapists are qualified licensed practitioners, we understand that some patients prefer a certain therapist based on their gender or the way they massage. When you schedule your massage, let the receptionists know if you have a preference. If you're feeling brave, try out the other therapist at a subsequent session, and feel the benefits that both of them can bring you!
Are there any side effects to massage?
Massage is intended to relax tight muscles and tendons and increase circulation to improve healing in the area. When tangled fibers are massaged, lactic acid is released into the body and needs to be flushed out to avoid feeling sick. After your massage, our therapists will provide you with a cold bottle of water, and instruct you to drink plenty more water throughout the day.
To schedule an appointment, call:
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1652 S Highway 165
Providence, UT 84332
(south of Maceys, between IHC and Edwards Furniture)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
7:30am - noon & 2:30pm - 6:00pm
7:30 a.m. - noon