Both chiropractic care and Oriental medicine utilize massage to further enhance treatment results by relaxing tight muscles and improving the flow of blood and lymph circulation. The relaxed state often achieved during and after massage has a positive effect on your overall physical condition.
Therapeutic massage targets problem areas by using pressure on specific trigger points to reduce symptoms of chronic pain. It also helps repair and heal soft tissue damage.
Neuromuscular therapy massage relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to injuries, stress or chronic muscle fatigue, while relaxing the entire body.
Swedish massage (also called circulatory massage) generally uses long strokes and a light touch to achieve deep relaxation and improve circulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Deep tissue massage stimulates, rejuvenates and energizes major muscle groups to improve performance, flexibility and circulation.
Fascia is a continuous band of connective tissue that lies beneath the skin, covering all muscles, tendons, ligaments and the internal organs. In this type of massage, attention is given to that fascia attached to the musculoskeletal system. Using gentle, but sustained pressure applied to fascia which is bound, or restricted, can loosen up previously restricted muscle movement and reduce or even eliminate pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many new patients are unfamiliar with massage and often query us about the techniques and customs of this treatment. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you better understand.
Why should I have a massage?
Though many people feel that it is merely a luxury, massage is beneficial to the overall working of the body and its systems. It provides relaxation and helps retrain muscles to their normal state, returning the body to a postural balance, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and increasing muscle flexibility and tone. Massage also aides the body in relieving toxins.
How do I know what technique is right for me?
Most sessions are not geared for one particular technique. Throughout the session, different techniques are incorporated depending on your body’s needs. Each of the AWC massage therapists is versed in many of the same techniques but incorporate them into the treatment differently.
Does massage hurt?
Massage should never be exceedingly painful. If it is, you should let your therapist know immediately that the pressure is too deep, a certain area is hurting or something is uncomfortable. Please refer to the different massage techniques listed at the top of the page to help determine the pressure and movements that are right for you.
Do I have to be completely undressed during my massage?
The patient is asked to get undressed to their comfort level; many patients opt to leave on their underwear. Draping is the technique used to cover the patient during the massage session. Depending on the issue that is being dealt with at the time, it may be beneficial to be completely undressed, as the patient is always under a sheet or blanket. The therapist only undrapes what needs to be worked on and no private areas are ever exposed.
Can I request a male or female therapist?
Our primary goal is your level of comfort. So, you may request either a male or female therapist.
Please keep in mind that you may have to wait for schedules to come available if you select a specific therapist.