The Protocol We Use to Help You the Most

If you go to a spa, you’re going to get a great massage! You will feel relaxed; they might get you some products that help your skin stay hydrated, feel softer and more supple, and look luminescent; it will be a great time.

 

However, if you suffer from chronic pain, limited range of motion, tension headaches, compensatory pains from a previous injury, or want more out of your massage, you need to see someone who has the skills and protocols to help you recover and feel better. We use a rehabilitation protocol that helps you to reeducate your muscles, revitalize your tissues, and connects you to your body in a new way.

 

The first thing we need to do is normalize soft tissue dysfunction. Dysfunction literally means painful function, so just because you can still move relatively normally doesn’t mean you don’t have pain. To help normalize the soft tissues, we will use trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage techniques to make sure your soft tissues don’t have something more serious going on. During this time, we might want to use cryotherapy or heat treatments to help your tissues calm down.

 

Once we have determined your tissues are healthy, we will address your range of motion and see if we can improve aspects of it. We might suggest certain stretches to do that will help your specific issues. If you want to get more stretches for your issues, talk with a personal trainer or a yoga teacher to make sure your stretches are appropriate and help you. During your sessions, we might stretch you out or see where you are feeling a stretch.

 

After we have determined your range of motion and what we need to do to help you increase that (if necessary), we want to work at restoring proper movement patterns. This is done through neuromuscular therapy which looks for specific areas within your movements to address.

 

Once all of that has been addressed or started to get addressed, strengthening the muscles and muscle groups is extremely important to retain the benefits. We cannot give you strengthening exercises (except Torrance, who is a Certified Personal Trainer), but we have some friends over at the Kettlebell Method and another great personal trainer with Greg Bobby. If your specific issues require, you may want to see a Physical Therapist as well. While you are restrengthening, it is important to still receive massage, as we help keep you moving and can ensure your strength training won’t cause new issues and help you recover from the new workouts.

 

Because we focus on utilizing this pattern, we are able to really transport your recovery into a transformative experience.

Sports Massage

We help a lot of athletes with maintaining muscle health so they can do what they do best with less worry of injury. The Mayo Clinic describes Sports massage as, “This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.”
Athletes always run the risk of injury, and massage has been proven to help prevent or help recover from injuries. Whether it is a sprained ankle that you need to just keep weight off of it for a little, or a rotator cuff tear, massage therapy helps recover quicker.
 
A great article published by Pacific College talks about all of the benefits of massage for sports, and one of the aspects I really want to focus on is DOMS. This is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This can be debilitating for anyone, and athletes are always at risk for getting DOMS.
Massage prevents injury and soreness because one of the biggest benefits is increasing range of motion. The AMTA has a great article that lists 17 benefits of receiving massage therapy for those who exercise from promoting relaxation to increasing your training abilities.
Athletes all over the world employ massage therapists. Olympians brought their massage therapists to Sochi this year to help them stay loose and ensure they would perform as best as they could during the Olympics. If you are in your season or just training, make sure you are taking care of your muscles!