Sue Jeffers has been a licensed massage
therapist in the state of Ohio since 2011.
License(s) OH 33.019505-H-K Her initial
training was done locally at Northcoast Medical
Training Academy. Additional certifications
. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Proactive, Non-Surgical Approach
. Receptor Techniques for Painful Necks
. Massage and Migraine
. Medical Massage Therapy
. Prenatal Massage
Types of Massage Offered
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury
Therapeutic massage is best for the targeting of painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. It uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic -- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Massage and Wellness
The longterm effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress & conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches
Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost the immune system by increasing the activity level of the body's natural "killer T cells," which fight off viruses
Boost mental health and wellness
Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
Pain can negatively affect a person's quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.
Improve physical fitness
Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.
What to expect at your massage session
Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals. The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome. This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
Before your massage, you wil be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception. A specially-designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to 30 minutes.
Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session. Your massage therapists should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist. The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.
Massage therapists often use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin during massage. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand. If you're receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you are comfortable with the temperature of the stones. Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles. Remember to breathe normally. Table massage usually lasts beween 30 and 90 minutes. After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you are dressed. Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
Source - American Massage Therapy Association