Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body (including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and adipose tissue) through various techniques.
The therapist may use hands, knuckles, fingertips, forearms or elbows to treat different areas. Varying levels of pressure are utilized depending on the client's goals.
Having a Naturopathic Doctor on staff, together with the additional medical resources of Clifton Springs Hospital, allows us to thoroughly understand and safely treat most clients. You may be referred to your primary physician for assessment before treatment if there are any warning signs present. If you have any questions about the safety of receiving a massage for your condition, please call and ask to speak directly with a therapist to provide guidance. Practitioners obtain a health history, discuss the client's goals and expectations, perform certain assessments, and answer questions prior to the session. All the therapists at The Springs have undergone our specific application process and are NY State Licensed Massage Therapists and must follow discrete draping and privacy practices. If you have any concerns related to privacy, please discuss them with your therapist as modifications are available to suit your needs.
If you have an injury related to an accident, you may qualify for insurance coverage. Most HMOs do not cover massage therapy. You may be able to pay for massage with your Flexible Spending Funds with a prescription from your doctor. Contact your insurance company for more information.
The number of sessions required to obtain relief depends on dedication of client to perform self care recommendations. It is possible to obtain relief after only one session, however, improvement may depend on the severity of the condition.
Types of Massage
The Springs offers several types of massage. Please see the descriptions below to determine which session is most appropriate for you.
Orthopedic & Pain Management
These sessions are intended to treat a specific concern. One region is addressed in a single session utilizing techniques including orthopedic assessment tests to isolate any muscle injury or restrictions, myofascial release, stretching, and possibly specialized joint capsule techniques if indicated. Treatment aims to be pain-free, and can be highly effective when combined with specific home care protocols.
Conditions that may be treated include:
Rotator Cuff Injury Muscle Strains
Tendonitis Frozen Shoulder
Back Pain Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Neck Pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Arthritis SI Joint Dysfunction
Ideal for stress reduction and general muscle relaxation, this type of session utilizes Swedish massage techniques that are characterized by smooth, flowing strokes to the body. This type of session is extremely calming and soothing and can be utilized by all body types. Light to moderate pressure is used, depending on the client's preferences.
Deep Tissue Therapy
For relief of chronic muscle tension, pain, athletes, and relaxation, this session incorporates techniques from connective tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and other types of deep massage. Deep tissue sessions typically involve firm pressure, but are not typically painful. Techniques may be modified in areas with increased tenderness. Appropriately trained therapists individualize treatment and adjust their strokes to accommodate particular needs of the client. Deep tissue is not appropriate for someone taking Coumadin or other prescription blood thinning medications, those with Osteoporosis, or a blood clotting disorder.
Massage during pregnancy can alleviate some of the discomforts associated with carrying the weight of a growing baby, as well as provide much needed relaxation. Special positioning allows the mother-to-be to receive massage comfortably. We recommend monthly sessions during the second trimester, and until 32 weeks gestation, then increasing to weekly sessions for the last weeks until delivery. Massage therapy can address concerns including low back pain, neck & shoulder pain, muscle cramping, insomnia, and stress management. Precaution is warranted when working in certain areas and your therapist will review these with you. If there have been any complications during the pregnancy, please obtain doctor's permission before scheduling an appointment.
Hot Stone Treatments
The Springs Signature Stone Treatment combines Swedish massage techniques with deep tissue work as needed or requested utilizing various temperature stones. Stones may be placed for anchoring or to provide continual heat to certain areas. Some stones may be placed to facilitate stretching of the myofascia, and may be used to perform reflexology or acupressure as needed. Hydrotherapy and aromatherapy are applied and create a unique session. This treatment is individualized based on client preferences and incorporates the individual skills of the practitioner for each session.
We also offer a 60-minute Hot Rocks session that allows you to receive a customized massage session incorporating the benefits of the hot stones. This session allows you and your therapist to develop an individual treatment that meets your specific needs.
Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and the side effects of treatment pose many challenges that massage therapy can offer much-needed support. Massage therapy can provide relief by reducing anxiety, reducing pain, helping control nausea, improving sleep, easing fatigue, and improving mood. It provides opportunity to relax and restore healing potential, in a safe and supportive environment.
Massage therapy is a safe treatment to complement medical care for people living with cancer when performed by a therapist with advanced skills and training. An old myth warned that massage could spread cancer cells by raising circulation. It is now recognized that this is not true as general daily physical activity can raise circulation more than massage or skilled touch can. Massage of a solid tumor site is avoided, as well as radiation sites and areas of compromised tissue.
A properly trained therapist will obtain a health intake and ask questions about treatments the client is receiving, any surgeries, including removal of lymph nodes, and any concerns or specific needs of the client. We encourage each client living with cancer to discuss their wish to receive massage with their physician and patient care team. The doctors or nurses may contact the therapist with any concerns or specific precautions prior to treatment. The massage is adapted to accommodate the needs and requests of each individual and may change over the course of treatments.
Sinus Relief Treatment
The Springs offers a specialized treatment to treat congestion, allergies, and sinus pressure. Hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, acupressure and massage techniques are combined to relieve sinus complaints. This session is approximately 20 minutes long and can be combined with a mineral springs soak or acupuncture for additional benefits. Regularly scheduled sessions can make a profound difference for some clients.
Brief massage sessions are available in our office or in off-site locations using a specially designed massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and massage techniques are performed to the neck, shoulders, back, and arms. Chair massage offers an introduction to massage or a brief session when time is limited. Our LMTs are available to come to area businesses for wellness events and may attend area health fairs to demonstrate their skills. Chair massage sessions range from 10 to 20 minutes.
Reflexology is a hands-on practice involving the use of pressure applied to reflexes within various zones of the body located on the feet, hands and outer ears. These reflex points may correspond to physical structures distant from the reflex point including muscles & organs, the nervous system, or other bodily systems, and the TCM meridian channels. Through applied pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet or ears, reflexology may help release tension, increase circulation, and support of balanced function in other areas in the body. Generally, reflexology is helpful to reduce stress and help the body achieve a state of deep relaxation and homeostasis. This treatment may be an especially useful complementary treatment for neuropathy of the legs, feet and toes. It can also be useful for sore hands and feet, general pain or tension in the body, or for overall wellness promotion.
Shiatsu is a type of massage in which the therapist uses hand pressure and joint stretching to help reduce stress and tension in the body. Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it has been practiced in Japan for several centuries and is now popular in many areas of the world. Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” and evolved from a Japanese massage called “anma.” It is based on concepts including the five element theory, yin and yang, and meridians. The five elements in TCM are fire, earth, metal, water and wood which correspond to seasons, geographical locations and colors, as well as physical and personality traits. Yin and Yang is the idea of opposite yet interdependent qualities such as hot and cold, dark and light, or full and empty. Meridians are lines located on the body that contain a series of acupressure points which correspond to organs in the body.
Using all of these concepts along with a brief assessment, the therapist designs a unique and appropriate treatment at each session. The client is fully clothed and lies on either a floor mat or low table, and no oils are used. The sessions are approximately 60 minutes but can sometimes require 90 minutes. Shiatsu can provide a deep sense of relaxation and balance, so it is a great therapy for most people. There are a few conditions that are contraindicated such as osteoporosis, bone fractures and open cuts or wounds on the skin. To get the most out of the session, it is best to avoid eating a large meal just prior and to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.