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So just what is massage therapy?

Foot massage

Here's the official definition:

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Back massage

But what does that actually mean?

Basically, massage can be used to help treat and manage a variety of health concerns. It’s been found to be beneficial during the recovery process for issues as wide-ranging as repetitive strain injuries (like tendonitis), central nervous system disorders, post-surgical scars or simply that ‘kink in your neck because you slept funny’. And that’s just the beginning...

And how do we think massage does that?

We’re sure you’ve all heard the terms deep-tissue, myofascial and dynamic release—not to mention lymph drainage, trigger point therapy and hydrotherapy. Here at WSB massage, we definitely incorporate these tools into your treatment; however, we prefer to take a more integrative approach with our work by not just considering your physical body. Recent research has begun to shed more light onto the complexities of mediating pain. We can all agree that touch is therapeutic, but maybe not solely for the reasons we once thought. There appears to be a strong mind-body connection (a.k.a. the nervous system) that shouldn’t be ignored. By keeping an open dialogue, listening to both your words and your body’s responses and teaching body awareness, we believe that we can help manage your stress and pain more effectively.

Since everybody is different, there’s no set massage technique or formula that will magically work for all. We also recognize that there isn’t one ‘right’ therapist for everyone, but we welcome you to come in to see if we might just be the right fit for you.

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