What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps to relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage; this is not always the case. Therapeutic Massage can be stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed. Carried out by a Licensed Massage Therapist, Therapeutic Massage Therapy is both safe and effective in helping to create balance and harmony from within.
What is Therapeutic Massage used for?
Given today’s high stress levels, Therapeutic Massage Therapy is not only a highly beneficial therapy, but also one of the healthiest options to improving one’s quality of life.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy could be a relevant choice of health care in the following areas:
Health maintenance and/or health promotion: Promotes general tissue health and encourages lifestyle and general health awareness
Stress management: Helps relieve associated muscular tension and encourages general relaxation
Post-operative care: Helps reduce recovery period and speeds up elimination of anesthesia, as well as reducing pain and stiffness associated with bed-rest
Emotional and/or psychological disorders: Releases endorphins that help to uplift and reduce depression
Terminal illness: Helps reduce pain and discomfort associated with long term bed-rest as well as providing support and reducing the effects of emotional stress for the patient as well as the family
Chronic pain: Helps break the “pain spasm” cycle whilst reducing associated muscle tightness
Care of the disabled: Provides emotional support as well as assisting in the maintenance of general tissue health
Pre and/or post-event sports participation: Improves performance and recovery and reduces the likelihood of serious injury
Therapeutic Massage Therapy encompasses the philosophy that the body knows how to heal itself and touch is the messenger that sends the signal to the body to do what its own wisdom tells it. It is one of the most powerful methods of treating and preventing pain as well as helping one to achieve a total state of well-being in a non-invasive, safe and healing way.
What should I expect from my Therapeutic Massage session?
A typical Therapeutic Massage begins with the therapist asking for patient history and focusing on the chief complaint. The therapist then leaves the room allowing the patient to disrobe (depending on the modality of therapeutic massage technique) and get comfortable on the massage table.
Once the patient is ready, the therapist enters the room and makes sure the patient is draped properly. The session proceeds with the therapist uncovering only part of the body being worked on at that moment. The patient may feel free to speak with the therapist, or remain quiet. The therapist will only speak when spoken to.
When the session is completed, the therapist leaves the room to allow the patient time to recover from the session and get dressed.
Due to the healing process of the individual patient, some patients report feelings of immediate pain reduction whereas others might take a day or two to find relief. When the body is disturbed, it may take time to find the new alignment comfortable. This is perfectly normal. It’s part of the natural healing process and the body’s self-correcting capabilities.
What other Tournesol therapies work well with therapeutic massage?
Better health outcomes are achieved when all the physical, emotional and spiritual components of whole health are addressed in one place as part of an integrative team effort.
Therapeutic massage works well in conjunction with other treatments. Which treatments you choose will depend on your goals with your Therapeutic massage sessions. Many Therapeutic massage clients at Tournesol combine their sessions with:
Who performs Therapeutic Massage at Tournesol and how much does it cost?
Heidi Gerber, MSLAc, LMT
$225 for a 60-minute session
Courtney Yates, LMT, RYT 500, Pilates Instructor
$225 for a 60-minute session
Tournesol Wellness clients say about Therapeutic massage:
“While I have not yet experienced acupuncture from Heidi, I have used her services as a massage therapist on many occasions. I have suffered from back pain due to my own work and while some therapists may offer some comfort while on the table, Heidi provided real relief and healing. Her understanding of the human body, muscles and how they work and affect pain is higher than any other therapist I have known. She takes a personal pride and satisfaction in being the most informed, skilled and professional she can be and it shows in her work. I cannot say enough about her work as a therapist.” -Leslie S.