Massage Therapy FAQ
number of research studies show massage reduces
heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases
blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes
muscles, improves range of motion, and increases
endorphins (enhancing medical treatment).
Although therapeutic massage does not increase
muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive
muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the
lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from
illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead
to a more complete recovery from exercise or
massaged regularly were more alert, performed
better and were less stressed than those who
decreased the effects of anxiety, tension,
depression, pain, and itching in burn patients
surgery patients recovered more quickly after
children showed less erratic behavior after
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and
Reduces muscle spasms
Provides greater joint flexibility and range
Enhances athletic performance
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Improves circulation of blood and movement of
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and
effects of eye-strain
Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
Strengthens the immune system
Treats musculoskeletal problems
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
Increases awareness of mind-body connection
Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
Creates body awareness
Helps relieve mental stress
Improves ability to monitor stress signals and
Enhances capacity for calm thinking and
Fosters a feeling of well-being
Reduces levels of anxiety
Biotherapy Clinic in San Francisco
Bay Area offers the following massage techniques:
is classic smooth gliding stroke table
massage. Light touch with combination of
breathing is beneficial for people who don't
have enough touch in their daily life. The
technique is focused on superficial muscle
layers, it stimulates circulation of blood and
lymph and relaxes the nervous system.
is a therapy technique working effectively
with areas of localized tension, injury or
emotional holding. It is usually incorporated
in massage session and involves deep pressure
applied by thumbs, elbows, fist, and heels of
massage is a neuromuscular technique working
with deep patterns in the body. Trigger points
are areas of exquisite tenderness within
muscles that are often involved in chronic
pain and dysfunction.
massage is based on Chi Nei Tsang, a gentle
belly work originated in ancient China. It
focuses on powerful energy centers located
around the navel and abdomen. It releases
stuck, toxic energy blockages around small and
large intestines. The technique is beneficial
for harmonizing the emotions and releasing
deep feeling and traumas.
is a blending of gentle rocking, rhythmic
acupressure and yoga-like stretching massage.
It is unmatched in its ability to open joints
and increase flexibility.
technique is practiced on the floor.
Shiatsu is Japanese acupressure technique working along the
system of meridians in the body. It is a
holistic approach and involves applied
pressure by thumbs, elbows, knees, and
barefoot. Usually performed on the floor mat.
often should I have a massage?
following are general guidelines.
To have a massage twice a month is a good way to
prevent many illnesses especially for people
working under constant stress at work. To be
able to relax will help you to stay clear in
your mind and eliminate need for sugar to calm
In case of chronic tension or pain 7-10
massage sessions are the most beneficial. The
consequent massage sessions produce the
changes in your body and make them stay. The
interval between massages in this case should
be 2-3 days depending on your condition. Body
needs 24-48 hours to process the received
information. Inquire about a special saving
package of 7 massage sessions.
there any preparations I need to make before
is best not to eat for at least 90 minutes
before your massage treatment. If you are
hungry have a warm, easily digested light meal
at that time.
I undress for my massage?
therapists are required to cover/drape you
with a sheet so that they expose only the area
which they are working on. You may need to
undress for therapy. However, you do not need
to expose yourself in any way that you are
I bruise easily, can I still get a massage?
is important to let your massage therapist
know about your condition. Massage strokes
should be avoided in areas of varicose veins,
bruising, or any other areas of acute pain.
expected to talk during the massage?
you wish to be silent, you should say so at
the beginning of the treatment. The therapist
may, however, require verbal information
pertinent to health findings during the
type of massage should I choose?
a massage therapist uses a variety of massage
techniques during a session.
You will need to communicate with
massage therapist regarding the level of
applied pressure, if you have a preference or
need to work on specific area of the body.
if I fall asleep during the massage?
often people slow down and fall asleep during
a massage session or come to a deep meditation
state. Those moments are very precious and
healing for your nervous system. It means you
are able to relax deeply and rest, and restore
30 minutes - $40
60 minutes- $70
90 minutes - $90
120 minutes - $ 140
about a saving package of 7 massage sessions.
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The products and procedures presented at this
website are not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure or prevent any disease or illness, to
prescribe any medication or to be a substitute
for medical treatment.