Massage Therapy Specialist

Yolanda Vasquez, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist located in Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY

If you’ve ever had a massage, whether from a friend or a professional, you know the extreme sense of relaxation you experience. Massage therapy can be relaxing, but it accomplishes more than that; it’s used to rehabilitate injuries and promote healing for many health conditions. Yolanda Vasquez, LAC, has expertise in diverse massage therapy techniques, so she customizes treatment to fit your needs. Call her office in Manhattan, New York City, or schedule an appointment online for massage therapy.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy uses manual manipulation of soft body tissues -- muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments -- to enhance your health. It promotes relaxation and a general sense of wellness. Massage is also used therapeutically to treat musculoskeletal disorders, rehabilitate injuries, and stimulate healing.

There are more than 80 different types of massage. Some techniques use gentle pressure and kneading; others use intense pressure directed at muscle knots. When you go in for massage therapy, you explain your health and wellness goals, and learn about the massage techniques that are best suited to achieve your goals.

What health conditions are treated with massage?

Massage therapy effectively treats a variety of physical problems. When you meet with Ms. Vasquez for the first time, she reviews your medical history, then works with you to develop a customized treatment plan.

Massage is often used to treat:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
  • Sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis and tendonitis
  • Low back pain and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Physical tension caused by stress and anxiety
  • Respiratory disorders and congestion
  • Digestive disorders
  • Postoperative pain and lymphedema

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

In addition to promoting relaxation, studies show that massage can:

  • Reduce pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve flexibility
  • Relieve muscle tension and soreness
  • Restore muscle tone lost through bed rest
  • Boost blood flow and lymph function
  • Improve immune function
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety

What should you expect during massage therapy?

Massage sessions last about 30-90 minutes, depending on the purpose of your treatment. Before therapy begins, Ms. Vasquez explains the type of massage she’s performing and how it feels.

Some deep tissue massage and massage that targets trigger points (muscle knots) may cause slight discomfort. Don’t hesitate to let her know how you feel during the session, especially if you’re uncomfortable.

Every effort is made to create a relaxing environment, and your comfort is always most important. If you have any requests about your massage session, let Ms. Vasquez know. Whether you’d like to listen to music, prefer silence, or have a favorite scent of an oil or lotion to be used, all of these details are important to your well-being and can be adjusted to meet your preferences.