OUR LMT TEAM
Body in Balance Massage Therapists
Our licensed massage therapists can assist you with a wide range of chronic conditions in addition to relieving the stress and tension of everyday living.
HOW WE HELP
What is Massage Therapy?
The term "massage therapy" includes many differing techniques. In general, a trained, certified massage therapist rub, press, stretch, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands, fingers, and forearms. Typically, the patient lies on a table, either in loose-fitting clothing or undressed to their comfort level (covered with a sheet, except for the area being massaged). Lotion or oil is used by the therapist to reduce friction on the skin. A one hour massage is 50 minutes hands-on.
Studies demonstrate the benefits of massage as being effective for reducing pain, muscle tension and stress.
Will the treatment hurt?
Some patients have mild reactions such as temporary aches and pains after their treatment, similar to being sore after exercising. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor or massage therapist if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.
What are the different types of massage?
The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques. The most common form of massage therapy in Western countries is called Swedish or classical massage; it is the core of most massage training programs.
At Body in Balance we focus on Swedish, deep tissue, injury treatment, sports, pregnancy and relaxation massages.
Swedish massage: Full-body muscle relaxation, effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, lifting tissue),
friction (wringing or small circular movements).
Deep tissue massage: Focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as "adhesions") and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist can address chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.
Sports massage: Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from sporting events. In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster to warm up the muscles.
What are the risks of massage therapy?
The risk of harmful effects from massage therapy are low. However, there have been rare reports of serious side effects, such as a blood clot, nerve injury, or bone fracture. Some of the reported cases have involved vigorous types of massage, such as deep tissue massage, or patients who might be at increased risk of injury, such as elderly people. It's important to talk with your provider, ahead of time, about any concerns you may have.
Give the gift of Massage - for Yourself or as a Gift
If you'd like to purchase a massage, either for yourself or as a gift, we'd be happy to help.
Check out our Massage Gift Certificate page to learn more.