What is massage and the goals of massage?
Regardless of technique, the underlying principles of massage are all the same - a kneading or rubbing of areas of the body and with pressures of various ranges determined by technique and underlying cause or need. There are many types of massage, from generalized application and use and two main classifications of personnel qualified to perform massages. A Massage Therapist is someone who followed a CERTIFICATION track course of study, and while their coursework may have been for shorter periods of time, their practical evaluation, application, and awareness are similar to their counterparts. A Masseuse, on the other hand, studied the practice often for longer duration, more direct supervision, or potentially both in a LICENSE track. It is not uncommon, especially today, for Sports Medicine or related graduates to have extensive course time in massage therapies and techniques. If you find someone claiming to provide massage services, but can qualify as neither, you should not seek treatment with them.
Are your massage therapists licensed or certified and what types of massages do you offer?
Inside the Wire, LLC has CERTIFIED massage therapists, and not LICENSED masseuses. We employ the utmost in standards and care for cleanliness of our facilities and require a medical intake for every new massage client (intakes are encrypted and stored in an offsite, HIPPA-Compliant data storage facility with limited access).
Currently, we offer the following massage services, and their descriptions can be found below:
- Sports Therapy
- Deep Tissue
- Hot Stone
What are some disqualifying restrictions for your massage services?
While we strive to offer as many services to as many possible, massage therapy is not always a right fit for everyone. Below is far from an exhaustive list, but should give an idea of what are disqualifications in our screening process:
- Recent Hospitalization (within the last 3 months)
- Major or Minor Orthopedic Surgery
- Any _Infectious_ Rashes or Skin Conditions
- Recent Illness or Injury, severe enough to possibly be worsened by any contact or pressure, including massage
- Excessive or Morbid obesity (unfortunately, our equipment must conform and be utilized below its capacity for insurance continuity).
- Chronic Hypertension requiring one or more prescribed medications, unless accompanied by a physician's release
- New wounds within 6" of the area of focus or _fresh_ tattoos, piercings, or other punctures that could risk bio-exposure
If you are not sure, please feel free to reach out and we'll try to assist.
OK, so what were those massage techniques again?
- Swedish — This is one of the gentler massages that’s ideal for beginners.
- Aromatherapy* — Essential oils are used in conjunction with gentle and soft pressure.
- Thai* — This is a more active type of massage. During a Thai massage, the client’s body is twisted and stretched into various positions. The therapist applies pressure to the body by using their fingers and palms.
- Shiatsu* — During this massage, the masseuse uses their palms, hands, and thumbs to apply pressure in a rhythmic or pulsing manner.
- Reflexology* — Gentle to strong pressure is applied to the ears, hands and feet during this type of massage.
- Trigger point* — Broad yet relaxing strokes are used during this type of massage. This type of massage is aimed at specific areas of the body.
- Sport — This type is beneficial to persons who are prone to injuries and can also serve as a preventative measure.
- Pregnancy* — This type helps to ease the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
- Deep tissue* – This type helps with chronic pain. Slow yet deep strokes are applied to the body.
- Hot Stone - This type combines heated rock application and a firmer, deeper massage to isolate and increase blood-flow and relaxation.
* and italics denote services NOT currently offered, but subject to change