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Massage

Ahhhh, massage. The mere thought of it brings a sense of relaxation to our minds and muscles. Whether it be for stress reduction, an intervention for injury and rehabilitation, or a wonderful way to practice self-care, massage is widely recognized for its many benefits. Here at PEAK, we have several licensed massage therapists available by appointment to help you feel better!

Upon arriving for your first session, your talented therapist will complete a private and confidential intake with you to gain a comprehensive understanding of your goals and needs for having a massage. After that, it’s time to relax for your 30, 60, or 90-minute session!

Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissue (ie: muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) through pressure and rubbing.  Therapists most often use their hands and fingers, but if deeper pressure is needed, they may use their forearms and elbows for the greatest impact.  After a careful intake in which the therapist gains an understanding of what you need, she/he will then work to achieve the desired results.  While many individuals feel improvements immediately after a massage, it may take several days for the full benefits to be experienced.  Many individuals include massage as a regular part of their self-care and recovery regimen and our therapists can help you determine the optimal frequency to feel your best!

Assisted Stretch

Tights muscles. Restricted movement. Aches and pains. Most are well aware of the need to stretch our muscles to improve our range of motion and increase flexibility. However for many people, stretching is often overlooked during recovery from activities, or minimal time is spent on it.

Here at PEAK, we take recovery seriously – and that includes stretching! Our massage therapists work with you during an assisted stretching session to improve your range of motion and flexibility.

As is the case with massage, assisted stretching is implemented after you and your therapist have discussed your pain, injury, and/or discomfort.  The therapist will then stretch the areas of concern.  Frequently, when we experience discomfort in one area of the body (ie: lower back), other muscles that may feel fine (such as hamstrings or glutes) may be contributing to the discomfort.  The therapist will apply her/his extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system to stretch all the areas that are contributing to your discomfort.

 

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Massage Therapy Additional Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14717648

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/massage

https://www.massagetherapy.com/search/node/massage%20type:article

 

Assisted Stretch Additional Resources:

www.ncsf.org/enew/articles/articles-active-assistedstretches.aspx

www.humankinetics.me/2018/01/29/static-stretching-vs-dynamic-stretching/

www.americansportandfitness.com/blogs/fitness-blog/active-vs-passive-stretching-know-the-difference