Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.
This differs from the best-known type of bodywork performed today, known as Swedish massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This type of massage offers many benefits and can definitely play a role in your overall approach to total body, mind, & spirit wellness.
There are countless massage techniques in addition to Medical & Swedish massage. The determining factor when deciding what kind of massage / bodywork you should receive, we recommend you focus on the main thing – what you want to get out of the massage. If you are looking to get that ‘ahhhhhh’ that was so relaxing’ feeling after your massage and you aren’t looking for a particular issue to be addressed, then Medical massage wouldn’t be necessary in this case. If however, you are suffering with a specific condition and you’d like to have the therapist center their skills on that issue, then definitely book a session with a qualified Medical massage therapist.
Bonus tip on selecting a therapist: All licensed massage therapist are qualified to perform Swedish massage, but NOT ALL are qualified or trained in Medical massage. Please do your due diligence when selecting a Medical massage therapist. Things to consider:
Education, specifically in medical conditions and bodywork therapies to address these medical issues!
Experience with cases similar to yours!
Willingness to listen to your needs! *you must be willing to express your particular likes, dislikes, issues, etc. The therapist cannot read your mind.
Ask friends and/or medical professionals in your area for referrals to a qualified Medical massage therapists.
*Fitness Pros has an affiliation with Penny Reynolds of Graceful Hands Therapies who has over 20 years experience in Medical massage, has spent many years teaching all forms of massage including Medical massage. She can be reached by texting or calling 517-630-1085