What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning. Also, please see our “what is therapeutic massage” page.

How can massage therapy help me?

Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and associated conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Back pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  • Pregnancy and labor discomfort
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
Can anyone receive massage therapy?

Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist is trained to recognize these cases. Asheville Therapeutic Massage treats a variety of diseases and disorders.

Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?

Most states regulate the massage therapy profession. North Carolina is one of those states and requires a license. Licensing is the strictest form of professional regulation, making it illegal for anyone to work as a massage therapist unless he or she has a license. Massage therapists may choose to become board certified in massage therapy. The board certification is administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Individuals who meet standards of education, training and/or experience and pass the examination are entitled to use the designation Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and its initials, BCTMB. Lawrence is board certified, as well as licensed by the state of North Carolina.

Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost concern at Asheville Therapeutic Massage, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Asheville Therapeutic Massage can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All massage therapists are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

Does massage therapy hurt?

As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. There is productive pain that is part of the healing process. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without your therapist first discussing it with you and obtaining permission. A comfort scale will be established and your therapist will work to your tolerance level. You may stop or change the treatment at any time and your therapist will modify their techniques to meet your needs.

How often should I have massage therapy?

Massage therapy is most beneficial when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments. Often once a week or twice a week is required for rapid healing. Through mutual discussion, Asheville Therapeutic Massage therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle. Your therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health. Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.

What happens on the first visit?

On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as your therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. Your therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). Asheville Therapeutic Massage therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

“I have gone to Lawrence for years. He has a unique approach to address what ails you and offers stretching techniques to take home. I would highly recommend him.”

Peggy Crowe

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