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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Our Massage & Wellness Services

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What is Therapeutic Massage?

A form of massage that typically focuses on addressing specific issues or concerns rather than only providing relaxation.

What is Trigger Point Massage?

Massage using a technique that targets sensitive, sore spots in the muscles, where the bands of muscle fibers have become tight and contracted.

What is a Trigger point?

 Discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle.

What is TMJ Massage?

Massage that focuses on the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) which connect the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull, just under the ear to alleviate tension and pain.

When should I get a TMJ Massage?

When experiencing jaw stiffness, pain or soreness, facial pain, grinding or clenching your teeth, or difficulty/pain while chewing. 

What is Hot Stone Massage?

A form of massage with a combination of pressure and heat using stones to help deeply relax the muscles and provide relief from tension and stiffness.

Is Hot Stone only to relax?

Although it can be a very relaxing treatment, hot stone massage can also help expand blood vessels which encourage increased blood flow to the muscles and decrease inflammation. 


What is Lymphatic Massage?

A form of gentle massage that encourages the drainage of lymph nodes and the movement of lymph fluids to reduce swelling around the body caused by lymphedema. 

What does Lymphatic Massage do?

Gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph fluids move to an area with working lymph vessels.


What is Sports Massage?

Massage that uses various techniques to decrease muscle pain and improve recovery as well as overall range of motion and flexibility. 

When is Sports Massage beneficial?

If you’re feeling very stiff or sore after sports or working out, or are recovering from a sports injury. 


What is Prenatal Massage?

A form of massage that must be performed by a prenatal certified therapist, similar to Swedish massage with a few modifications of body positioning to help ensure safety and comfort for the mother and baby. 

When should I get a Prenatal Massage?

Most massage spas require you to be in your second trimester of pregnancy at least due to the first trimester being potentially high-risk. We recommend consulting your doctor before getting your first prenatal massage. 


What is Myofascial Massage?

A gentle constant massage that targets myofascial, or connective tissues that support and surround the muscles, bones, and nerves. 

What are the benefits of Myofascial Massage?

It’s useful for treating skeletal muscle immobility and pain, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. 


What is Craniosacral Massage?

A form of massage that uses gentle touch to manipulate the connective tissue of the spine, sacrum, and head. It aims to relieve stress, pain and compression in these areas. 

When should I get a Craniosacral Massage?

Craniosacral massage is known to be beneficial when experiencing migraines, tension in the head or neck, headaches, facial pain and neck pain. 


What is Neuromuscular Massage?

Gentle massage mainly used to help trigger points, circulation, nerve compression, and repetitive movement injuries. 


What is Mastectomy Massage?

A gentle form of massage used to address chronic pain and mobility limitations following breast surgery. It can help reduce swelling and pain in the affected area and promote relaxation. 


Swedish Massage:

What is Swedish Massage?

Typically known as a classic full body massage, using gentle pressure focusing on relaxation. 

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

A type of massage targeting chronic tension and limited mobility in muscles using a technique of deep, slow strokes and direct pressure or friction movements across the muscle grain. 

When should I get a Deep Tissue Massage?

If you are experiencing chronic pain, stiffness or recovering from an injury. 



What is Reflexology?

Massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet and hands. It helps stimulate the flow of energy and blood in the body, and improves the flow of oxygen to the brain, which results in feeling better overall. 


What is Cupping?

Typically used as an add-on to massage, cupping uses suction to pull the skin and increase blood flow in the affected area. It’s believed to promote healing by loosening connective tissue and releasing toxins, and can also help with muscle pain, joint stiffness, inflammation, and scar tissue. 


What is Salt Halotherapy?

It involves inhaling air with tiny salt particles to improve your breathing. It’s considered to be helpful treatment for those with lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and cough.


What is Sugar Scrub?

A type of exfoliation treatment that uses  sugar scrub to reomove dead skin cells and promote circalation. 

What is Aromatherapy?

A technique where essential oils are used to promote and improve physical and mental well being. 

About the Author

Codi Barnhouse, Licensed Massage Therapist

Codi Barnhouse is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Thrive Massage and Wellness Her passion in helping others led her to massage therapy. Codi holds an Advanced Certification in TMJ massage.

Her goal is to help provide you with pain relief, relax your muscles, and help you lead a more thriving life.

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