Woman receiving massage therapy

Massage Therapy

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, as well as the joints, for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Healthy physical function can be developed, maintained and improved. Physical dysfunction, pain, and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

In fact, a 60 minute massage can lower cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 30 percent. And when cortisol levels decline, serotonin — one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms — increases by an average of 28 percent after receiving a massage.

Massage therapy provides an alternative health option to help alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.

A woman receives massage therapy on her neck and shoulders.

Your Massage Treatment

Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on your current condition and health history. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent.

Massage Therapy at SYMETRICS will always be geared to your comfort level. Techniques, applied pressure, and positioning can always be adjusted according to how you are feeling when you arrive and throughout the treatment.

Your Massage Therapist must also obtain your consent to treat you, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Massage works best directly on the skin, but there is much that can be done over the clothing, if that is how you are most comfortable. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.

Many extended health care plans include coverage for massage. Please consult your policy to see whether or not you require a prescription for Massage Therapy, prior to your first appointment.