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Massage Therapy:

Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old.  In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4th century B.C.: "The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."

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Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them.  Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body.  Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms or elbows.

The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.  When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm.

Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues.  This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury and enhance recovery from disease.
Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion and skin tone.  It has been incorporated into many health systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies.

Now days, in addition to "rubbing," massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.  In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.

Physical and Mental Benefits of Massage

  • Relaxes the whole body
  • Loosens tight muscles
  • Relieves tired and aching muscles
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Diminishes chronic pain
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Enhances skin tone
  • Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Improves concentration
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Aids in mental relaxation
  • Back pain
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
  • Stress relief and stress-related conditions
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Circulatory and respiratory problems
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation

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Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being.  Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels. Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.  It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Frequently Asked Massage Therapy Questions:

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? 
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form.  Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.  Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy relieves pain, reduces stress, renews energy, increases flexibility and mobility, facilitates postural alignment, helps heal wounds (physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual), strengthens the immune system, helps people reconnect with their inner-self, improves circulation, helps eliminate toxins, improves sports performance, optimizes the benefits of other health care providers (i.e. chiropractic, physician, acupuncturist) and helps in the maintenance of health, vitality and well being.

What are the different types of massages used at Infiniti Wellness Center?

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  At Infiniti Wellness Center, we offer:

  • Deep Tissue Massage - Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
  • Reflexology - Based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond to all areas of the body.
  • Shiatsu/Acupressure - System of finger pressure based upon the Chinese Meridian System.  The therapist uses hand and thumb pressure along designated points in the body.
  • Swedish Massage - Characterized by long, smooth strokes and fluid stroking and kneading of the superficial muscle layers, sometimes with tapping, clapping or similar percussive movements with the hands, and combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

What training does the massage therapist have? 
Our massage therapists have graduated from a Certified School for Massage Therapy and have received their certifications (CMT) for Swedish Massage, Shiatsu/Acupressure, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Trigger Point and Deep Tissue Massage.

Do I have to take my clothes off? 
How ever you are comfortable.  Some people choose to undress completely while others keep undergarments on.  However, you may choose to wear underwear.

Throughout the massage, you will be covered by a sheet and the massage therapist will only undrape that area of your body to be worked on at the time.  Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress.  No clothes need to be removed for certain massage techniques (i.e. Shiatsu).

Does massage therapy hurt?
It depends on the type of therapy and what kinds of problems you have.  A general relaxation massage (Swedish) should not hurt.  Shiatsu/acupressure may access painful points and any therapy that directly addresses myofascial problems (i.e. Deep Tissue, Trigger Point) may be painful when treating problem areas.  However, most clients describe such feelings as "hurting in a good way.”  Our massage therapist pays careful attention to both verbal and nonverbal cues from their client so as they know how deep to go.  It is important that you let your massage therapist know if you are feeling any discomfort throughout the massage.
 
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment? 

Make yourself comfortable.  If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he either will move you or will ask you to move what is needed.  Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.  Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk.  It is up to you.  It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.

How will a massage feel? 
It usually depends on the techniques used.  Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners.  In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension.  As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.  Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.  Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique. 

How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
 
Most people feel very relaxed.  Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.  After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity, which can last for days.  Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

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Infiniti Wellness Center
750 South Leechburg Hill
Leechburg, PA 15656

Phone: 724-845-7400

 

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