What IS Massage?
Massage: from the French word meaning “friction of kneading”; massage is an ancient manual (hands-on) treatment of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue using a variety of techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity (spasms), inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being. The type of massage used will vary depending on the condition or circumstances the client presents with, but will always take personal preference into consideration
What Makes Us Different?
Ancient medicine for modern times: at Balance we use the oldest, original theories and style for a variety of conditions, including pain and injury, internal disorders and disease, and the stressful effects of daily living.
We use chiropractic medicine at Balance to restore proper physical alignment, encourage innate healing, and reduce pain, and increase immobility. Our safe and gentle adjustment style works well with all ages.
At Balance Health and Injury Clinic we offer treatment for a large variety of conditions from everyday conditions to chronic conditions. All of the treatments and services we offer are here to give your life a greater Balance.
Not all massage is created equal. The style of bodywork is directly related to the personal desires, or medical needs of the person being worked on.
From the medical style [focused more on breaking up scar tissue, mobilizing joints, lymphatic drainage, and releasing locked tissues] to the stress relieving, relaxation massage [meant to soothe and help decompress], there is a technique for every condition – a benefit for every person.
In the image to the right you see an example of chair massage: usually a short, relaxation massage focused on the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Chair massage is a great way to decompress for a few minutes, and is a nice reward for yourself, or even your employees for a job well done. Balance does monthly outreach to a variety of local businesses, usually taking care of our teachers, police, and firefighters.
If all you have is a moment, just ten minutes can change your perspective on life… and the way your body deals with it. Everyone can use a massage; what’s your excuse?
When there is an injury or condition to be addressed, the entire session may focus on a single area. There may also be a need for treatment of other body areas that are affected by an injury, such as when a sprained ankle forces the opposite leg to bear all the stress of walking and weight-bearing, resulting in low back problems.
When a massage is sought for relaxation, you and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders with the abdomen and/or gluteus/hip area as optional. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (male or female). If you are uncomfortable with being massaged in any area, just inform the therapist of your wishes and the therapist will adjust the massage accordingly.
Some massage techniques involve deep pressure that can be very painful initially, yet they have long-term benefits that may outweigh the short-term discomfort. A professional therapist will always explain the benefits of painful procedures and allow the client to accept or decline such procedures.
Although we try and avoid it, some people may experience some bruising depending on how deep your practitioner goes with the techniques, as well as how easily the client bruises.
The same goes for the area in which your therapist works: if you are for any reason, ever uncomfortable we ask that you let your therapist know immediately. Here at Balance we will always explain any necessary uncommon areas or techniques prior to ‘digging in’; we want you to be comfortable with everything that we do. And in the end, it is all up to you!