Massage and Integrative Bodywork Therapy
Massage and Integrative Bodywork Therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue to promote blood circulation of the muscles and joints, removing waste products in the body and easing pain. It also enhances tissue healing from surgery and minor injury, lower blood pressure, and improves posture.
Bodywork produces deep relaxation, allowing the body to rejuvenate. It also increases awareness of mental and physical stress so you can make small changes to prevent long-term damage to your health. Regular treatment can boost your immune system, heighten your awareness and improve your body image to enhance your confidence and performance.
The most common types of massage are:
Applies gentle gliding strokes to ease the tension of muscles and increase blood flow for pure relaxation. Swedish massage is the basis for all other massage techniques.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia to break up scar tissue from injury caused by trauma or overuse.
A gentle massage, given throughout pregnancy to alleviate the stress, anxiety and discomfort of pregnancy, such as back pain, acid reflux, swelling of the muscles, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, nausea, and constipation. During the latter stages of pregnancy, the client is massaged while lying on her side. Our therapists have specific prenatal training.
Some general benefits of massage:
- Increases lymph drainage and blood circulation
- Improves body posture and body alignment through proper muscle balance
- Assists awareness of habitual holding patterns that create muscular imbalances
- Inhibits and breaks up scar tissue
- Lowers blood pressure
- Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
- Produces deep relaxation, allowing the body to rejuvenate
Integrative Bodywork Therapy
Integrative Bodywork is a body-mind therapy. It blends many modalities and caters to the patient’s needs. Treatment involves working with the form of the human body, which includes realigning the muscles, breath work, and energy medicine to release emotional and physical tension. After the session, you will feel balanced and energized.
Integrative Bodywork is a vast knowledge base that encompasses these elements:
- Muscle alignment: correct muscle imbalance, improve symmetry for better movement.
- Stretching: improve flexibility and remove waste in joints and muscle tissue.
- Massage: increase blood flow, detoxifies the body, and boost the immune system.
- Breath Work: increase oxygen intake to generate energy to circulate blood.
- Energy Medicine (Reiki or Qigong): balance the energy system to increase energy flow.
- Visualization: relieve muscle tension and relax the body and the mind to reduce stress.
- Spiritual counseling: improve your emotional health.
- Diet/exercise suggestions: enhance the physical health condition.
Massage and bodywork is not only a treat, but a valuable component of a well-rounded healthcare and maintenance treatment plan and can benefit many health concerns.
At Many Lives Chines Medicine, massage therapy is a hands on approach to healing and is an intricate part of the overall health maintenance plan.
Please schedule an appointment for a therapeutic massage.
We look forward to working with you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I except during my massage?
There is nothing like going to get a massage! You will want to wear loose fitting clothing. You will be greeted by the massage therapist in our private and beautiful treatment room.
The massage therapist checks in with the client and asks questions that pertain to the specific complaints or requests.
The client is then asked to undress to their comfort level and usually asked to lay face down on the massage table between clean and crisp sheets. The massage will be either 60 or 90 minutes and usually the client takes a deep nap.
After, water is offered and encouraged. Any additional feedback may come from the therapist and a specific recommendation for follow-up massages.
What can I wear during my massage?
How can massage help?
We offer massage as an option for those who would like to further their musculoskeletal, orthopedic treatments and for those who would like a more hands on approach to their healing.
Wonder if you need a massage?
The answer is always yes. Massage has so many medicinal benefits one can not go wrong with choosing to have a massage. From decreasing blood pressure to alleviating pain massage has many benefits. For example, if you slept wrong and woke with a stiff neck, schedule a massage! More often then not it is not just the stiff neck that is bothering you.
We regularly hear that a patient comes in for a stiff neck and realizes their low back and digestion were also way off. After the massage their neck is better AND they feel lighter and more range of motion in their low back AND they now are having regular bowel movements. That is a common outcome in our office.
What types of massage do you offer?
We offer several types of massage choices. Our massage therapist, with over 20 years of experience, has the wisdom to customize the massage to the patients needs. Our clients benefit from sports massage, deep massage and pregnancy massage. Our therapist also integrates energy work throughout and customizes the experience for each individual patient.
What makes your clinic different when it comes to massage therapy?
Our clinic is a relaxing destination in the crazy world of “busy”.
Situated right on the water in the middle of the Bay Area is a resting space that happens to be our office. We repeatedly hear comments from our patients that we have “such a beautiful spot!” Visiting our office is like being on vacation – for real.
Our treatment rooms are gorgeous and relaxing which is a good start to the treatment.
When you book and hour, you get an hour. Always. Not the usual 50 minutes that happens at other businesses. We want to give you the best massage ever. Our therapists are well trained and very professional. We also have a sense of humor.
We guarentee you will leave relaxed. Every time.
I have had massage all over the world and then some. The massage therapist was very experienced and highly intuitive. When she works with me I feel totally relaxed. I highly recommend her!”
What I was looking for
I had a 90-minute massage. Everything was as expected, it will be my new spot. I like things simple and super.”
I was very pleased with my first visit and look forward to addressing some of my health issues and getting on track. Thanks!”