Recent studies have added to the body of knowledge showing definite positive physiological and clinical changes related to properly performed, targeted therapeutic massage.
The term therapeutic massage is a general, nonspecific term referring to any type of massage, from superficial to deep, that may have a healing effect. Most massage therapists train in multiple techniques and therapies, but and there is high variability in the training programs and in what therapies practitioners choose to learn.
Techniques in a therapeutic massage vary according to need and may include massage from several modalities during the session, including effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, fascial manipulation, structural integration, active release, Swedish, sports, shiatsu,deep tissue, myofascial release, and advanced neuromuscular therapy.
But true therapeutic massage is different, both in intent and structure, to a generic, relaxing massage session.
In therapeutic massage, the therapist talks with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results. There may be initial tests of flexibility, range of motion, or assessments of posture. They may also perform an evaluation through touch, to locate painful or tense areas and determine how much pressure to apply.
During a therapeutic session, the therapist works on specific, targeted areas in addition to overall soft tissue manipulation in order to affect real and positive change. The session concludes with a specific review of what was accomplished, and, often, retesting range of motion, flexibility and postural analysis.
At SVMTG, each of our therapists are experts in therapeutic massage. All staff members have had training that goes well beyond any state or national requirements. We work on busy moms, weekend warriors, stressed out teens, couples, and focus, on request, on your specific aches, pains or other issues to help you have the best and most effective massage session possible. Make an appointment now, you’ll see and feel the difference!