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Therapeutic Massage 

Massage Near Me Olympia, Wa.

The Basics: Massage sessions provide a therapeutic and relaxing way to ease your physical, mental, and emotional stressors. 60 and 90-minute massages are available. 

Conditions Treated: Therapeutic massage can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and postural problems. Massage can also aid in rehabilitation after surgery or injury (you may want to verify with a medical professional whether your condition is in an appropriate stage of healing for massage therapy to be beneficial.) 

Our style: Incorporates aspects of traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, injury treatment, sports massage, proprioceptive neuromuscular feedback, and myofascial release. 

Techniques: Using a variety of techniques and strokes, including effleurage (long, sweeping strokes), petrissage (kneading and compression), friction (deep, circular movements), tapotement (percussive tapping), gentle stretching, and trigger point therapy. These techniques are applied with varying pressure and speed, depending on the client's needs and preferences.

Direct our Focus: Clients are encouraged to direct treatment to specific areas of discomfort so they may receive the most therapeutic value during your session. If you want a singular region of the body worked on throughout the entire session, the aim is to offer exactly what the client feels they need. 

Reducing Friction: Clients choose either oil or lotion to be applied during massage. 

Light: Rooms are softly lit. Clients are provided eye covering while positioned face up on the table to block out light and let the eyes completely relax. 

Music: Soft relaxing music plays in the background during your massage. Clients are encouraged to suggest their own musical preferences so that we may offer the most relaxing session possible. If rock and roll, hip hop, or other music helps you relax, the aim is to facilitate your auditory tastes.

Client-Centered: A crucial aspect of therapeutic massage is its client-centered approach. Before the massage session, it is important to conduct an initial assessment and consult with the client to understand their specific needs, preferences, and any underlying medical conditions. This information guides the therapist in tailoring the massage to the individual.

Please arrive early: All clients are encouraged to arrive at their session early to allow maximum time for your massage. 

Your First Visit: It is very important to arrive to your very first session at least 15 minutes early so that any paperwork can be handled and we can learn of any health history, injuries, or other special needs that may need to be addressed or avoided during your massage. This ensures that no time is wasted and you get the most value out of the time you have scheduled. 

25 Reasons To Get A Massage 

  1. Relieve stress

  2. Relieve postoperative pain

  3. Reduce anxiety

  4. Manage low-back pain

  5. Help fibromyalgia pain

  6. Reduce muscle tension

  7. Enhance exercise performance

  8. Relieve tension headaches

  9. Sleep better

  10. Ease symptoms of depression

  11. Improve cardiovascular health

  12. Reduce pain of osteoarthritis

  13. Decrease stress in cancer patients

  14. Improve balance in older adults

  15. Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

  16. Temper effects of dementia

  17. Promote relaxation

  18. Lower blood pressure

  19. Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  20. Help chronic neck pain

  21. Lower joint replacement pain

  22. Increase range of motion

  23. Decrease migraine frequency

  24. Improve quality of life in hospice care

  25. Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea

Massage Therapy Can Relieve Stress

Stress is prevalent in today’s fast-paced world and can negatively affect people’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has shown to significantly reduce stress on both physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is also considerable research that validates our experience.

Related Studies 

  • In a study on the effects of trigger point therapy, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.

  • Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10-to-15 minute chair massage in controlled studies.

  • Research shows that massage for nurses during work hours can help to reduce stress and related symptoms, including headaches, shoulder tension, insomnia, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain.

Massage Therapy for Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety can negatively shape the quality of life for individuals affected. Massage therapy can be an effective treatment by elevating neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decreasing hormones associated with increasing anxiety.

Related Studies 

  • Research supports that massage can relieve stress in psychiatric patients, those with chronic pain, cancer patients, children with illnesses, patients with generalized anxiety disorder, the elderly, and healthy adults.

  • Research published in Applied Nursing Research shows that back massage given during chemotherapy can significantly reduce anxiety and acute fatigue.

  • A study published in Military Medicine reports that military veterans indicated significant reductions in ratings of anxiety, worry, depression, and physical pain after massage. The analysis also suggests declining levels of tension and irritability following massage.

Massage Therapy for Depression + Seasonal Affective Disorder

For many who suffer from depression, the first solution is psychotherapy, where a person sees a trained mental health professional to talk (and at times medication is prescribed). Now, people are also beginning to better understand how a combination of treatment options can be beneficial, and massage therapy is showing great promise in alleviating depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Related Studies   

  • The effect of massage therapy on trait anxiety and depression is virtually the same as those routinely found in the research studies of psychotherapy for people with the same conditions.

  • Research indicates that massage can improve mood and reduce depression in those living with chronic pain, as well as in cancer patients, pregnant women, and people living with chronic disease.

  • One in five Americans are impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder; leaving many people feeling depressed and lethargic. Studies show that regular massages can improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, leading to improved mood, better sleep, and more energy.

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Massage and Pain Relief

Massage therapy can be effective in the management of acute and chronic pain. 

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