WHAT EXACTLY IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of muscular and connective tissues, both superficial and deep, by using varying techniques to decrease pain and soreness, enhance muscle function, promote relaxation, increases circulation, removes metabolic waste, and helps the healing process of the body. Massage Therapy may be applied to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and joints through the use of effleurage, petrissage, vibrations, rocking, joint play, neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, and other therapeutic applications. The therapist may use their thumbs, palms, fingertips, forearms or elbows to apply pressure on the client’s body.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I RECEIVE MASSAGE THERAPY TREATMENTS?
4 Elements Massage Clinic recommends receiving a massage once every 4 weeks in order to maintain a client’s stress levels and optimal health. For those with specific ailments, it is best to consult with your registered massage therapist as they are trained to create a treatment protocol that is designed for you individually.
WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE MASSAGE THERAPY?
Young children (5 years and younger) or the elderly (70 and older) should receive GENTLE and RELAXING massages with precautions when using hot or cold therapies (heat packs, ice packs, etc) as their immune systems, pain tolerance and overall skin sensitivities tend to be weaker than those between the ages of 6 – 69. Clients under the age of 16 must gain parental consent before beginning a massage treatment and parents are more than welcome to sit in on the massage should the child feel apprehensive or uncomfortable (usually a common feeling in those under the age of 12).