Getting a massage isn’t a luxury for many patients—it’s part of their healthcare program.
For more than 5,000 years, massage therapy has been considered a natural and integral part of health. As early as 3,000 BCE, Hindus in India passed massage therapy techniques down through generations of life healers. For thousands of years, massage was used to heal injuries, pain management, and prevent some illnesses. Ayurveda is believed to be the healing medicine art that first documented and honed the art of massage therapy.
Massage over the millennia.
Over the millennia, the art of massage migrated across continents and evolved to respond to various medical needs. In the US, in the early 1700s, surgeons hired massage therapists (or “rubbers”) to treat orthopedic patients by “rubbing and creating friction.” Later in the 1800s, anatomy, technique, and physiology training created the first structured massage therapy programs.
Is massage therapy a healing art?
The 1970s and the focus on healthier living launched the popularity of massage among the masses. Massage is synonymous with health, wellness, and holistic medicine. Massage can also help with some mental health challenges like depression and anxiety.
How do patients utilize massage therapy at think?
Think Whole Person Healthcare offers massage therapy as one of our services. There are hundreds of massage benefits when combined with the care of your Primary Care physicians. Massage is considered a legitimate enhancement to:
- Treating pain and joint issues
- Managing anxiety and depression
- Help to heal post-surgery or injury
- Help with Physical Therapy programs
Is massage therapy affordable?
The media has depicted massage therapy as either a pastime for the uber-rich or some back-alley profession. But, the reality is, massage therapy is affordable, and some insurances may cover massage therapy visits. Our massage sessions start at $40 for a 30-minute session or $80 for a 60-minute session. The nice thing about booking a massage at think is you can work with your Primary Care provider to help direct our massage therapist to provide optimal therapies.
Are there different types of massage?
There are hundreds of types of massage styles throughout the world. To make it easier, we organized massage therapy into 12 types:
- Deep Tissue
- Hot Stone
- Trigger Point
All styles of therapeutic massage are beneficial based on the individual’s unique preferences and needs. For simplicity, we will focus on the four offered at think by our massage therapist.
Chair massages are ideal for people who may have mobility issues, want a quick massage,l or are new to the massage experience. Chair massages focus on the neck, shoulders, and back. Those receiving chair massages are usually fully-clothed for this type of massage, although loose-fitting tops are preferred. This type of massage uses a special chair where the recipient sits with their back toward the therapist. Chair massages last about 30 minutes.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massages can go anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes; however, to receive the optimal benefit from the massage, we recommend a minimum of 60 minutes. Deep tissue massages are given using a massage table with the recipient being unclothed (always to your comfort level). Only the part of the body, the therapist is working on is exposed. The rest of you is covered. Deep tissue massages are often more intense and work on muscle groups that are troublesome to the recipient. This form of massage is best for people who suffer from muscle aches, soreness, sports injuries, chronic pain, or stress tension.
The therapist uses deeper pressure and slower strokes to help work the deep tissue in your body. Deep tissue massages can be intense. But they should never hurt.
A Swedish massage is one of the most relaxing experiences. It’s ideal for someone new to the world of massage. Swedish massages use a massage table and can focus on specific parts or the whole body. Unlike deep tissue massages, Swedish massages use a lighter touch and longer strokes—as if the muscles are being gently kneaded. They are a good solution for knots in muscles or just stress management. Touch is a key component in a Swedish massage and uses a variety of motions, including circular, directional (toward the heart), vibration, and tapping. Plan to spend 60-90 minutes on a Swedish massage.
Trigger point massage
Trigger points are spots in our myofascial tissue (deep muscle layer). These spots can become contracted tightness, involuntary jerking or jumping, twitching and pain in a local area, or even pain displayed in other areas (referred to as reflective pain).
Trigger point massage is a good solution for those with chronic pain or trigger point symptoms. This form of massage therapy focuses on relieving the trigger points in the skeletal muscle layer. It’s best described as broad, smooth strokes combined with targeted pressure to help “reset” the muscle tissue. This type of massage will include (most of the time) a whole-body massage and specific areas that need direct attention. Trigger point massages usually take up to 90 minutes.
What are other types of services included with a massage?
Our massage therapist utilizes additional elements to enhance your massage experiences, such as hot stones, Aromatherapy, and Bio freeze.
Is it hard to get a massage?
The only thing stopping you from scheduling a massage is you. It’s easy. Call 402.506.9127 to book a time and then come to think. Our massage therapy services are on the 2nd floor. If you have questions about the benefits of massage and if you can physically receive a massage, visit with your Primary Care provider or schedule a visit with our therapist, who can answer questions you may have.
Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for a friend or loved one? We provide gift cards for massage sessions at think‘s Gift Shop.