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