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Rejuvenate and Repair
Choose massage therapy to achieve balance and good health.
At Advanced Therapeutic Massage, we know how important massage therapy is to a sense of well-being and health.It has proved to be beneficial for many chronic conditions, such as lower back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and more. We are committed to helping you achieve your health goal and regain quality of life through a number of different types of massage therapy.
At our clinic, the therapist will consult with you several times during your treatment to ensure that you are comfortable with the techniques, the temperature of the room, and the position of the supports, such as pillows and towels.
We encourage you to tell us how we can make you more comfortable. Your treatment will be customized to your needs. Let your therapist know if you would like her to spend more time on certain problem areas.
Myofascial release, or soft tissue mobilization, is a therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia. Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles separating them into groups and layers. Following trauma, the fascia and muscles may shorten, restricting blood flow. The techniques used in myofascial release relax muscle tension and break up fascial adhesions.
True deep tissue massage can be one of the most therapeutic and healing massages. Although not as rhythmic as other massage types, deep tissue massage interacts the most with the body's muscles and muscle groups. After a deep tissue massage, sore and tired muscles often become revived and energized. The body often feels as if it had a strenuous, yet impactful workout. If you have particular ‘spots’ of discomfort or trigger points, they can be addressed and relieved with direct pressure, leaving you relaxed and ready to face another day.
This focuses on the muscles relevant to a particular athletic activity and is usually more vigorous and deeper than Swedish massage. With your muscles relaxed they will function efficiently, reducing the risk of "strain", and producing consistently better results. If you have limited flexibility, it may help you and your game move in the right direction. Designed for active people, sports massage decongests and lengthens the muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues by combining relatively high-impact massage techniques and assisted stretches to relieve acute muscle soreness, improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Sports massage is performed to help the individual in affected muscle groups or areas. This technique is great for someone who has a recurring area of the body that needs special attention and relief. For enhanced athletic performance!
What Massage Can Do for You
At Advanced Therapeutic Massage, we know that massage is good for your health and well-being. It can provide relief from muscle aches and pains, increased energy and alertness, enhanced recovery from illness and injury, improved circulation and healthier joints, more restful sleep, and greater relaxation and inner peace.
We all know that having a massage can be relaxing, but did you know that there are many other benefits?
Massage therapy melts away stress and tension, relieving associated headaches and muscular aches and pains. By encouraging the body's own healing processes to act, massage therapy reduces injury healing time. Massage therapy aids in the healing process from injury or over-use and is an excellent form of preventative health care.
In British Columbia, over 75% of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) - and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients' conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities to treat many conditions that may include, but are not limited to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Degenerative disc disease
Entrapments and compression syndromes
Fibrositis and fibrosis
Herniated back (disc)
Iliotibial band contracture
Lower back pain
Poliomyelitis and post polio syndrome
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Questions that you might be embarrassed to ask your Massage Therapist
Whether you are booking an appointment for therapeutic reasons or just for some pampering, a massage can have many healthy advantages. You may have heard all the benefits of what a massage can offer but booking your first massage may leave you wondering about a few things. Am I supposed to leave a tip? What if I am self-conscious about certain parts of my body? Here are a few frequently asked questions about Massage Therapy you may have before coming in for your massage.
Q: Am I supposed to leave a tip?
A: Tipping is never expected but always appreciated.
Q: Do I have to take off my underwear?
A: Removing your undergarments is not necessary for you to receive a massage but there are some cases when removing them will make it easier for you to enjoy your massage. For example, if you need your gluteal area worked on, it is more comfortable for the recipient if they are not wearing underwear because it will need to be moved aside and it can become restricting and uncomfortable.
Q: What if I drool all over the face cradle or fart during my massage?
A: Keep in mind that during your massage your circulation will increase, your digestion will be promoted and most of the time the aim of the treatment is to get you to relax. It is likely that you may drool and some do more than others. Farting on the other hand sometimes can’t be avoided and is acceptable as long as it’s not intentional.
Q: What if I am self-conscious about certain parts of my body?
A: If you’re uncomfortable with getting a specific area treated don’t be embarrassed to mention it to your therapist. These areas can be avoided. If it is an area that needs to be addressed there are other options, such as treating through the sheets. Discuss this with your therapist. I can say that as a massage therapist for almost 20 years, there isn’t much that I haven’t seen or dealt with.
Domenic has been practicing massage therapy for over 18 years in all types of clinic and spa environments. Having done so he has acquired and abundance of therapeutic skill sets incorporating deep tissue massage, shiatsu, acupressure, advanced joint mobilizations, remedial exercise and hydrotherapy into the ideally seasoned massage therapy experience. Domenic also has training in clinical acupuncture, progressive facial manipulation and reflexology that is also fused into his treatment.
Domenic prefers to focus on the cause of underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms alone, which is proven more effective in the long run for client health. Although treating all types of acute and chronic injuries is Domenic’s main focus, he is seamlessly able to perform general relaxation massage with ease.
Our mission is ...
To provide quality therapeutic massage tailored to each individual needs and expectations
To provide relief from symptomatic pain, stress, chronic pain and muscle imbalances
To promote self-awareness, and education, allowing for a more pain free life
To continually improve on techniques with continuing education
To involve in associations and to stay connected with clients and peers
To provide compassionate customer service in a professional and comfortable environment.
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Each treatment that you receive is unique to your needs. All services are for 60 minutes, where most massage centers only give you 50 minutes of hands-on time. We encourage any feedback during this time to let us know how we can better help you.
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This is YOUR session. Speak up!
Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold ... speak up!
You will not hurt the therapist's feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.
Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it's perfectly fine to ask.
You will enjoy your sessions so much more!
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.
Your massage therapist should give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then I recommend you explore the many other types of bodywork that are performed clothed.
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Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
This is known as draping and depends on the therapist and in some cases, the law. The vast majority of therapists will insist on draping. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
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What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either 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's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!
Her intention in every massage session is to deliver quality, integrity and exceptional client care. She believes that massage should be a time for healing as well as relaxation. Her warmth, compassion and unique exceptional client care is what keeps her clients returning.
Jared is a graduate of Pennsylvania Institute Of Massage Therapy and is trained in numerous massage modalities such as deep tissue, trigger point, orthopedic massage, pre and post natal, sports, hot stone, lymph massage, oncology, neuromuscular, and Reiki Master. Jared has been practicing massage therapy for seventeen years in the Lehigh Valley working in a variety of environments such as chiropractic offices, spas, and massage centers.
Christine has been a leader in Massage Therapy and bodywork for nearly two decades. Christine possesses advanced skills in a wide range of massage modalities. She is highly intuitive and uses a mindful approach to bodywork. Christine begins each session with quiet meditation and allows the body to speak and guide each session.