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Massage Q&As

What is massage?

Massage is the manipulation of soft muscle tissue with the hands, promoting muscle healing and over-all wellness to the body. The earliest records of massage (China) are dated over 3,000 years ago. Today the most commonly used technique is Swedish massage - developed by Per Henrik Ling, of Sweden, combinig exercise with massage to treat gymnasts for muscle and joint pain. Massage basics include stroking, kneading, friction, and percussion to the muscle tissue. These techniques can relieve a variety of physical conditions from muscle soreness to even severe conditions such as cancer.

What should expect during your massage?

Therapeutic massage is a balance of mind, body, and spirit. The therapist provides touch through soft tissue manipulation, which can engage all the systems of the body. Massage stimulates fascia allowing the body to sink into deep relaxation. In turn, the body is able to release blocked energy that creates tension and knots in the muscles through the lack of oxygen in the tissue. This lack of oxygen causes a build up of lactic acid. Massage encourages the transfer of oxygen into tissue and flushes lactic acid out. Massage will decrease recovery time after workouts and post-injury. After massage, the body may ache as if it just completed a moderate workout, due to the lactic acid forced out of the muscles. It is recommended to increase water intake to flush out the system.

How should I prepare for a massage?

Make an appointment by calling the club, speak to a therapist, or talk to the front desk staff. If it is your first visit for massage at our club, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out an intake/health history form. If you have just finished exercising, please make sure you shower before receiving the massage. Your therapist will escort you to the massage room and discuss your health, goals and explain the massage procedure at that time. Depending on the technique, you may be more comfortable undressed to under shorts. The therapist always uses courteous draping of sheets during the massage. If at any time during the session, you are not comfortable or pleased with your massage, you may ask to end your session. We want your massage experience to be pleasant and comfortable.

What techniques are used?

USA offers a variety of techniques to assist in your exercise/conditioning program.
  • Onsite Massage (chair massage)
    This 15-20-minute massage is meant to promote relaxation and improve circulation. It is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a chair that slopes forward, giving the therapist access to the client's back.
  • Swedish Massage
    Swedish massage uses stroking, kneading, and friction techniques on the superficial layers of muscles, while incorporating movement of the joints.
  • Deep Tissue Muscle Therapy
    This technique focuses on deep layers of muscle to release chronic tension in the body. It uses slow strokes and strong pressure.
  • Prenatal Massage
    This gentle massage reduces discomfort and increases positive emotions in pregnant women. (Note: Because some massage can induce labor, a physician's referral is required.)
  • Bowen Therapy
    The Bowen Technique is not massage, acupressure, or chiropractic. Manipulation, adjustment, or force is not used. Bowen is performed with the clothes on, (loose-fitting or shorts and tee-shirt). It is best done with the client in a prone position followed by supine position, but it can be done sitting or standing. A series of "moves" are made over the muscles in certain locations with the fingers or thumbs. Clients have seen an improvement after a series of sessions in the release of muscle tension, relaxation, and long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy)
    Pressure is applied to specific muscles to stop spasm or pain.
  • Reflexology
    This massage focuses on acupuncture points in hands and feet linked to other parts of the body through energy pathways.
  • Hot Stone Therapy
    In this treatment, smooth heated stones are placed on or used to stoke areas of the body, such as the back, legs, arms, and palms. It is intended to relax tight muscles.
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
    Light pressure is applied to the skin in the direction of the heart. This facilitates lymphatic drainage, which improves immunity.
  • Sports Massage
    This technique incorporates deep Swedish massage, compression massage, cross-fiber massage, trigger point/tender point massage, and lymphatic massage. These techniques will reduce injury, improve your range of motion, shorten your recovery between workouts, maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow, and enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.
  • Facial Toning Massage
    This massage regimen is designed to strengthen face muscles to help you look younger. After a series of weekly appointments, you will begin to see improvement in the fine lines around the eyes, cheeks, chin, etc.
  • Thai Yoga Massage
    In Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) massage meets yoga. It uses a combination of assisted stretches, range of motion exercises, and diverse massage techniques to balance the physical and energetic bodies, relaxing your muscles and your mind.

Why should I include massage in my exercise/conditioning program?

People are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. Massage becomes therapy for your body. Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis and other racquet sports, strength training, and aerobics can benefit from a massage. Even those whose daily activities are somewhat strenuous, such as mothers with small children, gardeners, and desk-bound workers may have health issues that could benefit from massage.

What are the benefits of massage?

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesion and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.
  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Pre-term infants have improved weight gain.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • AND MORE!

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