What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic Massage is the application of manual techniques by a licensed Massage Therapist, and may include adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well being of the client.
Is it necessary to remove my clothing?
No, it is not necessary to remove your clothing to receive therapeutic massage. I find in nursing homes where clients’ mobility may be limited, leaving clothing on is more beneficial to the treatment process. Many people, however, find bodywork to be most effective when contact is made with their skin. For these people, it is recommended that they remove whatever clothing they’re comfortable with. New York State law requires massage therapists to use proper draping techniques for the comfort of their clients during massage. Privacy and modesty are respected at all times.
What can massage therapy do for me?
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Increase nourishing blood supply to tissues
- Recover faster from pulled muscles or sprained ligaments for athletes, dancers, and others
- Relieve certain repetitive motion injuries related to on-the-job activities
- Compensate at least in part for lack of exercise and muscular contraction for people who because of age, injury, or illness, are forced to remain inactive
- Hasten the elimination of waste stored in muscles
- Heighten the oxygenation of the tissues
- Stimulate the relaxation response within the nervous system
- Strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymphatic flow
- Improve posture
- Increase joint flexibility and range of motion
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce chronic pain
Can massage hurt?
Many of my clients fall asleep because massage feels so relaxing. Some people find it invigorating. Still others request deep work to release persistent tight muscles that limit their range of motion or cause chronic pain. Massage can sometimes cause mild discomfort, for example on tender points, but through client feedback I can keep this sensation at a tolerable level. Some people enjoy a deep massage and experience no discomfort or experience “good pain” as muscles are releasing.
Is massage covered by insurance?
If you have been involved in a car accident, massage therapy is covered by No Fault insurance in New York State with a doctor's prescription. People who have Medical Savings Accounts or Flex Benefits can use their funds for Massage Therapy. Check with your insurance company to find out about coverage for massage.