Massage Therapy Has Evolved Over 5,000 Years
The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Civilizations in the East and West found that natural healing and massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. What’s more, it helped reduce stress and produce deep relaxation. Today, massage therapy stands as a highly respected holistic healing method practiced across the world on people who swear by the relaxing and therapeutic practice.
Massage available at Marshall Medical North
Licensed Massage Therapist Natasha Lewter offers massage therapy two days a week – at Marshall North in the Medical Centers OB/GYN office every Monday and Wednesday. For appointments call Medical Centers OB/GYN at 256.571.8470 (256.753.8470 for Arab area residents), or contact Natasha at 256.550.2086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Massage
Most massage therapists use a variety of techniques during a massage therapy session to best address their client’s health and wellness needs. Talk to your massage therapist about your health goals to customize your session. Click on the links below for details about each type offered by Marshall Medical.Swedish Massage Therapy Deep Tissue Massage Sports Massage Pregnancy Massage Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT)
Benefits of Massage
- Relaxes the Body
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces chronic pain
- Relieve achy muscles
- Reduces tension headaches
- Increases circulation
- Strengthens immune system
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces mental stress
- Improves mental clarity
- Promotes quality sleep
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Expect?
You will be in a warm, private room and your massage will be given to you on a professional masseuse's table with soft music playing to relax the mood. Your therapist will ask you general questions. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and relax on the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet. You are covered at all times except for the area being worked on. The therapist uses light oil to allow the muscles to be worked without causing friction.
Who Will Give My Massage?
Your massage will be given by a LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) who has received many hours of training in a variety of massage techniques.
How Long Will My Massage Last?
You can choose between a 30-, 60- or 90-minute massage. This does not include dressing and undressing times.
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy. Therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. It focuses on improving blood flow to the skin and muscle and removing muscle tension. Swedish provides generalized relaxation, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and enhances one’s overall state of health. If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Sports massage, geared toward athletes and fitness enthusiasts, is more vigorous than other forms of massage. Sports massage is used to warm up muscle tissue, assist in training, prevent injury, and aid healing in case of soreness or injury. It is used both before and after exercise, as well as in the treatment of sports injuries such as sprains, strains or tendonitis. Though it is designed specifically for athletes, it is also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques is used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman's individual needs. Pregnancy massage improves circulation for both pregnant women and those who have just given birth.
NMT gets to the source of your back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and many muscular injuries. By releasing your muscles very specifically, neuromuscular massages help correct poor posture (no more slouching and round-shoulders) so you walk and move better (improved biomechanics), function better, and live a healthier, more pain-free lifestyle. NMT improves joint mobility and restores muscle balance and tone. Since no one is free of some degree of muscle dysfunction, which affects the overall efficiency and economy of your body, neuromuscular massage treatments can be therapeutically valuable for all conditions.