Swedish Massage is defined as the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body used for establishing and maintaining good health. This type of massage is used for relaxation, stress relief, injury prevention, and much more.
Every massage I offer is tailored to the individual, so a Swedish massage will be a full body treatment* using a variety of organized and intentional manipulations of the muscles designed to relax, improve circulation, and relieve tension. Active or passive movements of the joints may be used and pressure will vary based on the needs of the client.
* Full body treatment requires at least a 60-minute session.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Therapy is the specific application of compression, pressure, and soft tissue manipulations to a particular muscle or group of muscles for the relief of pain, treatment of muscular imbalances, postural distortions, biomechanical dysfunctions, and more. This treatment will release tension in the muscles allowing fresh, oxygenated blood to circulate back into the area and flush out toxins.
NMT is not a full body treatment, at least not within one session. In the first neuromuscular session we will discuss the problem area(s), assess posture and aspects of life (work, hobbies, etc) that might perpetuate, aggravate, or alleviate current symptoms, and plan a course of treatment. Each massage is designed to meet the distinctive needs of each client, and unlike a Swedish massage, communication with the therapist may be necessary throughout the treatment session in order to ensure that pressure is acceptable and the client is comfortable.
Chair Massage is performed while fully clothed and sitting upright in a specially designed massage chair. The soft tissues of the back, neck, scalp, arms, and hands are manipulated using various massage strokes in order to relax, release stress, relieve pain, and more. Chair massage is a great option for small groups, parties, or corporate settings. Chair massages are generally between 5 and 30 minutes and duration.
Do you need a license to practice massage?
Yes! In the state of North Carolina, anyone practicing massage therapy must be licensed. Not only am I licensed by the state to practice massage (NC License #6438), I am also nationally certified by NCTMB.
Do I have to take off my underwear for a massage?
It is up to you. Every client is encouraged to undress only to their level of comfort. Removing any clothing is always optional, and I have massaged clients who remain fully dressed as well as those who feel comfortable completely undressing. If you are uncomfortable removing your underwear, then wearing briefs or short underwear will help if you your problem areas include the lower back, glutes (buttocks), hips, hamstrings, etc. Regardless of your level of undress, all clients will be properly draped with sheets or towels at all times. Only the area being actively treated will be uncovered.
What are the benefits of massage?
There are many benefits to massage therapy, only some of which include:
- Relieveing stress
- Relieving pain and tension
- Reducing blood pressure
- Improving circulation
- Managing depression & anxiety
- Boosting the immune system.
Is massage right for everyone?
No. There are some cases in which massage is not indicated, which is why you will be asked to complete a medical history form prior to your first massage session. It is important that you let your therapist know if you have any health issues, allergies, or any recent changes in your health so that you can be treated safely.
Is every massage the same?
No. Each massage is tailored to the client. Health issues and client goals are considered within every session and it is important that the client feel comfortable informing the therapist if he/she is uncomfortable in any way during the massage session.