What is Clinical Massage?
For Clinical Massage at True Blue Wellness our goal is to address current or past injuries, symptoms, or restrictions in the muscular system. Our sessions include a thorough health history, gait and postural assessment, and range of motion for joints at the first session as well as treatment time. This added assessment time is a big reason for us changing over to a 90 minute Welcome Sessions instead of 60 minutes.
What to Expect During and After Your Session:
At the first Welcome to Clinical Massage Session we will spend some time reviewing your health history, doing a quick gait and postural assessment, and assess any joints or muscles that could be causing issues. From there we will talk about modalities and techniques that could help you reach your goals or find relief and make a plan for your session. You'll then be given privacy to disrobe and get on the table for treatment. You will be underneath and top sheet and blanket during the session. You will only undress to your level comfort and only the area or limb being worked will be undraped. Once on the table, depending on your treatment goals for the session, we'll work using a variety of techniques. At the end of the session you'll be given privacy to dress and once dressed we'll review your session and discuss any home care to do in between sessions.
How you feel after your session can depend on a variety of factors such as techniques used, how you were feeling before the session, and how your body responds to bodywork. Some can experience soreness like you would after a good gym day. Some can have spot tenderness if Trigger Point Therapy was used. Some can feel fatigued or super energized. For each session we send out a follow up email to see how things are going and discuss anything you notice after your session. As always rest, water, and ice on an inflamed area can do wonders.
What Techniques can be used during a Clinical Massage?
Neuromuscular Technique (European Version)
Trigger Point Therapy
What Does "undress to your level of comfort" mean?
Each of us has different levels of comfort with what we wear or don't wear while on the table and those can change session to session. Some people wear nothing, some prefer underwear and/or bra, others like to keep on a tank top or shorts, some wear leggings and long sleeves, and others choose not to undress.
It is easiest to work the full body if you are fully undressed or keep your underwear on and remove a bra. At all times during your massage the pubic area, intergluteal cleft, and women's breast are completely covered with the drape.
Jazmine Jade is a Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. She lives and works in New Hampshire.