Massage Philosophy

We believe that massage is a lifestyle, not a luxury. And that it is often the missing link in a healing process that includes chiropractic, orthopedic medicine, and physical therapy. We offer therapeutic massage options that supplement traditional therapies by restoring circulation and mobility to soft tissue, allowing it to function properly. When massage is received in conjunction with chiropractic and physical therapy, it makes those treatments more effective and helps you heal faster.

 

The type of techniques utilized during your treatment depends on your needs and on the skills and training of your therapist. During your intake, you and your therapist will discuss your goals to determine a plan that will help you achieve your therapeutic goals. 

 

In regards to Deep Tissue and Trigger Point work, pain is NOT gain. Pain is your body asking to stop or to pay attention. Deeper pressure may be indicated in some cases, but our goal is to help your muscles relax, not make them tense up more. So if you stop breathing or start to cringe, we will ease up on the pressure. We are focused on the muscle response, not on how much pain you can endure.

 

You are also encouraged to maintain a dialogue with your therapist during deep tissue and trigger point work to ensure that you are not in pain and that the treatment is effective. The goal is to make it "hurt so good", not actually hurt. Even so, you may experience soreness the next day. If the soreness lasts for more than a day, we should try a lighter pressure at your next session. Using heat or taking an Epsom salt bath, plus drinking lots of water after your session is a natural way to ease this discomfort. 

Massage After Care:

Make sure to drink plenty of water after your massage. It is also good to stretch, use moist heat on the treated areas, and take an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are chock full of the magnesium your muscles need to stay relaxed.

 

Read this article to learn more about good and bad pain: 

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/truth-about-deep-tissue-massage.htm

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept insurance for payment?

We can accept insurance as payment for massage if you have been in a car accident or have a worker's compensation claim. In both instances you will need a prescription from a doctor that states the massage as medically necessary. We can also accept Flex Spending and Health Savings Account cards if they are also accompanied by a prescription from your doctor. In some instances your insurance may reimburse you for a predetermined amount of appointments. We can provide the required paperwork if asked.

 

Are your therapists licensed? 

Yes. All of our therapists have current Pennsylvania licenses and maintain memberships to professional organizations. They have also completed certificates in Massage Therapy from accredited schools and all of our therapists have received additional training and certifications in other modalities. 

 

Do I have to undress completely to receive a massage?

While being nude is the easiest way for us to give you a good Comprehensive Deep Tissue massage, please undress to your comfort level. Rest assured that we ALWAYS utilize proper draping techniques. Nothing that shouldn't be exposed will be.

 

Still feeling nervous? No problem! We have a few options that don't require you to undress at all: Chair and Sleep massages are all done fully clothed and may be a good way to get comfortable with massage and your therapist before trying a more traditional option.

 

Does Deep Tissue/Trigger Point hurt?

While receiving a deep tissue with trigger point massage may be uncomfortable and hurt so good - it should never actually hurt. If you find yourself holding your breath or tensing up, please tell your therapist immediately. Many clients think they have to tough it out or suck it up, but it's not about how tough you are (we're sure you're super bad-ass), it's about the muscle response we want. We can't work out the tension in overly tight muscles. 

What types of conditions can therapeutic massage improve?

The American Massage Therapy Association website does an excellent job of answering this question. Visit their site.

 

What are the benefits of massage?

The benefits are many and varied and the side effects are few. Click here for a great explanation compliments of the Mayo Clinic.  

 

OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? PLEASE CALL 412-850-2700 AND ASK TO SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR THERAPISTS.

 

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