Massage & Your Health

What exactly is massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deep muscle, connective tissues and joints. By using varying techniques to decrease pain and soreness, massage aids in the body’s healing process. Typical massage techniques are light fluid strokes, petrissage, vibration, rocking, joint play, neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. The therapist may use their thumbs, palms, fingertips, forearms or elbows to apply pressure on the client’s body. These therapeutic applications enhance muscle function, promote relaxation, increases circulation, and removes metabolic waste.

How often should I receive massage therapy treatments?

4 Elements Massage Clinic recommends receiving a massage once every 2 – 4 weeks in order to maintain a client’s stress level and optimal physical health. For those with specific ailments, registered massage therapists are trained to create a treatment protocol that is designed specifically for you.

Who should not receive massage therapy?

Young children 5 years and younger, or the elderly 70 years and older, should receive gentle and relaxing massages.  Precautions when using hot or cold therapies (heat packs, ice packs, etc) are applied as immune systems, pain tolerances and overall skin sensitivities are different than clients aged 6 – 69 years. 

Clients under the age of 16 must gain parental consent before beginning a massage treatment. 4 Elements Massage Clinic welcomes parents to sit in on the massage should the child feel apprehensive or uncomfortable or if the client is under 12 years old.