Massage has been practiced in various forms worldwide for thousands of years. In therapeutic massage, the body's soft tissues (skin, muscle fiber, fat, and fascia) are systematically palpated and manipulated for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining optimum health, restoring healthy energy flow, alleviating pain, aiding relaxation, improving circulation, and more.
Therapeutic massage reflects the understanding that the human body is a complex system. Each part is connected and therefore must be viewed in relation to the whole. Utilizing a variety of techniques, every therapeutic massage at IOBT is individually tailored to address the client's short- or long-term goals. Clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving massage. This type of bodywork can also provide emotional balance that often can be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
Massage Therapy Benefits
The benefits of therapeutic massage are well documented, both scientifically and anecdotally. Peer-reviewed medical research demonstrates proven massage benefits, including pain relief, reduced depression, and temporary reductions in blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Long-term benefits can be seen over time with repeat treatments. IOBT clients use massage to help:
- Increase circulation to provide tissues and organs with more oxygen and nutrients
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body's natural defense system
- Promote tissue regeneration, and reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
- Alleviate pain and improve range of motion
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
- Prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
- Improve the condition of the skin - the body's largest organ
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
- Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
- Release endorphins that promote deep relaxation
- Relieve headaches caused by muscular tension
- Improve the quality of sleep
- Increase joint flexibility
Schedule an Appointment
Please call the studio (919.361.0104) or e-mail us to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to bring to my session?
- What forms of therapeutic massage do you offer?
- How long will my session last?
- How many sessions will I need?
- How much does a session cost? Can I purchase a package of sessions?
- Where can I learn more about massage?
- Q: What do I need to bring to my session?
- A: Just bring yourself. At IOBT, we provide everything needed for your massage sessions.
- Q: What forms of therapeutic massage do you offer?
- A: Depending on your practitioner, the following forms of massage are offered at IOBT:
- Swedish: Characterized by application of medium pressure using long sweeping strokes, kneading, tapping, and friction.
- Deep Tissue: More muscle-specific than Swedish massage, deep tissue massage is helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back pain, and sore shoulders. Strokes are slow, allowing time for the muscle to release.
- Trigger Point: Addresses small, hyperirritable sites in the muscle tissue that can often refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger points may be caused by sudden trauma, muscular imbalance, or a variety of other health issues.
- Cross Fiber Friction: Employs firm, consistent pressure applied across musculotendinous tissue and adhesions. This form of massage can assist in breaking down adhesive scar tissue and aid the body in replacing it with more pliable tissue.
- Prenatal Massage: Tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, regular prenatal massage can reduce anxiety, muscle tension, sciatica, headaches, low back pain, and edema. Clients should consult their midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice, including prenatal massage.
- Postnatal Massage: Designed with both new moms and dads in mind, postnatal massage can be a welcome treat for relieving neck and shoulder pain as well as fatigue from sleepless nights. For new mothers, postnatal massage can also support the realignment process and relive tension after the birth.
- Reflexology: Working on points on the feet, hands and ears, the therapist assists in reducing stress and tension in the body. May be incorporated into a session, or stand alone as a full session.
- Sports Massage: Useful pre-event, post-event or for maintenance, sports massage can help enhance performance and balance the body.
- Hot Stone Massage: Suited to those who enjoy deep warmth, this light massage may be combined with other techniques or performed as a full session.
- Q: How long will my session last?
- A: Massage treatments at IOBT are generally 55 or 85 minutes long.
- Q: How many sessions will I need?
- A: Unfortunately, it is very difficult to know how many sessions will be needed because all clients respond to treatment differently and different goals take varying amounts of time. The number of sessions you need will depend on your age, health, and how your body responds to treatment. Many clients view massage as a form of health maintenance and therefore schedule a regular massage in order to maintain their short- and long-term goals. Some acute problems may respond with just a few treatments while other chronic conditions may require multiple treatments. Long-term benefits of massage will be seen over the course of several sessions, and most clients will need to maintain the benefits with regular sessions. Your massage therapist will discuss an estimated number of initial treatments as well as frequency of follow-up visits, taking into account your individual goals and response to treatment.
- Q: How much does a session cost?
- A: For full pricing details, visit our Pricing page
- Q: Where can I learn more about massage?
- A: The following links are excellent resources, providing articles, videos, testimonials, and more.