Office Massage

Benefits of Office Massage for Employee Health

Health concerns are at an all-time high and companies want their employees and clients to feel their level of commitment to them and their well-being. Be it in a corporate environment or at a meeting or conference, applying the hands-on approach with a skilled therapist accomplishes these goals.

Studies show that the benefits of massage in the office have quick results. Immediately after massage sessions, the subjects experienced a change in brain waves in the direction of heightened alertness and better performance on math problems (completed in less time, with fewer errors). At the end of the five-week study, subjects reported reduced job stress and elevated moods. This was in addition to the usual benefits of massage: relief of muscular tension; revitalised energy, and a stronger immune system.

The study's findings are significant in that job stress costs the economy billions annually through diminished productivity, compensation claims, absenteeism, health insurance, and medical expenses.

 
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Office massage is an adapted form of massage that incorporates an ergonomically designed chair in order for individuals to rest comfortably. The primary areas of target will be the neck and shoulder region, as well as the upper, mid, and lower back. Depending on the length of the sessions, arms, hands and legs can be incorporated into the experience. The goal of each session is to revitalize, invigorate, release tension, and provide a sense of wellness in an efficient and time-friendly manner.

Office Massage is performed using a specially designed portable massage chair that is comfortable to sit on and provides the massage therapist easy access to a client's neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. This seated chair approach to massage of bodywork was originally pioneered as ‘on-site massage’ for the workplace by David Palmer, who developed the first specialised massage chair in 1986. Since then massage ‘on-site massage’ chair has expanded.

The clients remain fully clothed and an office place massage session takes less time and cost less than a table massage, it has become a popular way to offer the benefits of professional massage in the office environment. As an employee benefit, it has a positive effect on office morale.

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Therapitylino.co.uk - blog post on corporate / onsite massage

Tight muscles caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day, especially at a workstation that is not ergonomically designed, can impede blood and lymph flow through the body. The result is decreased energy and susceptibility to repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work.

20 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can improve circulation, restoring energy levels and helping keep the body injury free. Chair massage corrects the circulatory problems that go with office work, and provides a welcome break for employees. Just sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a break for the eyes.

Massage in the office place is a great way to incorporate a sense of wellness in high-stress, fast-paced environment. While everyone is more conscious of his or her physical state, not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the healing power of massage. By incorporating “On-site massage” therapy into your office setting, can promote psychological wellness among employees.

“On-site massage” can bring the immediate effects of massage, right into your establishment.

Geoff Harper
'Massage therapy' - The healing power of touch.

Massage therapy, (the healing power of touch), can help relieve pain, speed recovery from injury or surgery, and reduce stress.

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There is an assumption among senior people that when they get old means they have to live with pain and discomfort, there is help that can ease pain through the reduction of inflammation and muscle soreness and help men stay more active.

Many Baby Boomers think of massage as a vacation indulgence or treat, massage therapy is an ancient method reducing pain and to improve health and wellbeing.

Massage therapy dates back to ancient cultures that believed in massage medical benefits. The first known written massage therapy traditions come from India, Hindus used the art of healing touch in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, translates to “life health” or “life science.” It is regarded as the basis of holistic medicine for relaxation. The practice may have actually originated around 3000 BCE or earlier.

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There is evidence that massage therapy can help with recovery from injury or surgery. Massage therapies have proven relaxing qualities and are a way to reduce stress and tension. In many cases, a regular massage enables the reduction in prescription medications It may be said to be one of the best types of medicine. Multiple studies have found massage therapy helps reduce specific pain and soreness.

Many senior men may view massage as something not for them, but it can vastly improve their quality of life. When men embrace massage therapy, they often find it can make an immeasurable difference in relieving the pain and soreness they had long accepted

A common health issues for golden agers is chronic pain, pain that lasts more than 12 weeks. This includes back pain, headache, cancer pain, and arthritis pain. Then there are the everyday aches from daily living. All of these act as barriers to a healthy lifestyle.

A research study in 2014 published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation studied the effects of massage therapy on muscle soreness after exercise. The research study relieved that blood flow increased within those who exercised received massage for up to 72 hours, while those who only exercise blood flow reduced after 90 minutes. Increased circulation can help muscle recover quicker and reduce the incidence of muscle injuries.

In 2013, research was conducted that measured the effects of massage in regards to occupational stress. The research study was based on two group.

Group 1 participated in 25-minute massages, twice a week for four weeks,

Group 2 did not receive massage.

The results showed a significant decrease in occupational stress for Group 1, compared to Group 2, revealing that there are benefits from receiving regular massage and can combating the everyday stresses that affect so many of us.

A 2011 research study published in Annals of Internal Medicine explored how massage compares with medication in relieving chronic pain. The research study group was 400 people. The feedback from those who received a hour-long massages weekly for 10 weeks was that 40% reported their soft tissue pain had reduced or was relieved, compared with just 4% of the medication group who were treated with anti-inflammatory medication.

Is it not time to stop considering massage as an indulgence, but as an useful therapeutic tool?


Resources

https://www.ten.co.uk/massage-therapy-mental-health

https://www.health.harvard.edu/alternative-and-complementary-medicine/the-healing-power-of-touch

Geoff Harper
Benefits of Massage and Communication Therapy for Baby Boomers
 
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The social aspect of massage and talking can be beneficial for The Baby Boomers with limited social interaction. The Baby Boomers are those born between 1945 and 1965, aging between 55 and 75. There is no secret that the UK population fastest growing segment is 65 or older. As this group grows, there is an increased emphasis on well-being, quality of life and health.

Compassionate Touch combines touch and communication as a person-centred approach to connect with clients. Person-centeredness is treating people with dignity and respect by being aware of and supporting personal perspectives, values, beliefs and preferences.

Touch is an unappreciated sense; we rely on our sense of touch, and yet rarely give it second thought. Baby Boomers, are vulnerable to the lack of simple acts of touch and the benefits that goes a long way with them. Massage therapy not only offers physical rewards, it provides mental and emotional as well.

 
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Baby Boomers’ massage aims at improving health conditions, quality of life and well-being. Stiff muscles limit mobility and can cause chronic pain. As skin matures dehydrates quicker, therefore retains less moisture skin is then more susceptible to tearing and bruising. Massage therapists use soothing strokes and mild stretching instead of deep pressure during the massage for these reasons.

Massage therapists will consider health contraindications and use suitable techniques for each individual client. Therapists provided older clients with clothed treatments to avoided undressing / dressing and adapt massage methods for clients who are confined to a wheelchair. (Find out how we can provide a service in your own home)

There is research evidence that overall health and well-being benefits from massage for Baby Boomers clients are profound. Massage therapy improves circulation, joint flexibility, muscle tone and strength, and the quality of sleep. Massage sessions also reduces pain and swelling, lowers blood pressure, and decreases stress, fear and anxiety. With more social interaction come the release of endorphins and increases a sense of quality of life.

Touch triggers the body to produce oxytocin, releasing it into the bloodstream, and stored in the brain. The oxytocin hormone performs a number of different physiological functions, including reducing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, increasing pain tolerance, and boosting mood. The oxytocin hormone is linked with accelerating the rate at which wounds heal! Baby Boomers s regularly miss out benefit of compassionate touch

Talking can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations. Talking helps diminish loneliness. Talking can help anyone who's going through a difficult time or has emotional problems that they need help with. For many adults it may be the same or more effective than medication.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends.

Talking during the therapy session, the therapist listens to you without judging you.

The therapist will allow the client to talk, or just think. It's an opportunity to look at their problems in a different way with someone who'll respect them and their decisions.

Some clients say that talking does not make their problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with and feel happier. A caring massage therapist will be polite and engaging with clients without being judgemental or a rush to end a conversation.

Compassionate Touch Therapies, talking and massage, can be helpful for lots of things, including:

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• Decreases anxiety and stress

• Lessons the symptoms of depression

• Stabilizes blood pressure

• Helps alleviate sleep disorders

• Increases circulation

• Improves joint mobility

• Decreases inflammation

• Increases the sense of well being

• May lesson dependence on pain medications and other types of medications

• Improves the flow of lymphatic fluid

• Improves digestion

• Provides much needed nurturing

Talking and massage therapies are becoming increasingly common use alongside medicines.

There may be instances when a client should consult with their GP to ensure massage program would safe before beginning. Examples are, someone who has an acute illness, is undergoing chemotherapy, has osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or has had recent surgery, should talk to their doctor first.


Resources

https://elementsmassage.com/blog/benefits-of-massage-therapy-for-Baby Boomers s

https://training.mmlearn.org/blog/massage-for-aging-Baby Boomers s-the-benefits-and-power-of-touch

https://www.rightathome.net/blog/geriatric-massage-comfort-Baby Boomers s

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/benefits-of-talking-therapy/

https://ie.reachout.com/getting-help-2/face-to-face-help/things-you-need-to-know/benefits-of-talking-to-someone/

http://www.valueoptions.com/solutions/2011/11-November/story5.htm

Geoff Harper
Massage therapy has wonderful benefit.

Massage treatments are non-invasive, and a method to help improve a person's well-being and quality of life, alleviate the symptoms of many age-related diseases. With thousands of baby boomers now retiring every day, they will benefit from massage treatments,

What the research studies show about massage therapy; the industry has come a long way

The research studies show that massage therapy for seniors can be advantageous for several disorders associated with aging. Massage treatments can also deepen sleep, relieve headaches, boost blood and lymphatic flow and speed healing from illness,

In 2012 research, found a massage treatment over a six weekly sessions on the mature provided immediate and long-term improvement in postural stability. A 2011 research study revealed that massage could be beneficial in aiding lowering blood. Massage significantly reducing the blood pressure of women with prehypertension. A 2010 study found massage promoted relaxation in patients, lessening verbal aggressiveness and improved nonverbal behaviours. A 2008 study discovered that hand massage decreased agitated behaviours,

Studies indicate that massage can alleviate agitation. Research published in 1995 in found slow-stroke back massage reduced manifestations of agitation, including wandering, pacing and resisting.

Massage therapy has been a wonderful addition to complement their traditional medical services. Baby Boomers can experience a decrease in pain, more energy and an over-all sense of well-being. Massage therapy participants have source massage to alleviate problems due to Parkinson's disease, poor circulation, diabetes osteoarthritic and arthritic pain and sciatica.

The positive effects of massage rest on sound science. Massage treatments have been proven to effect blood and lymph circulation and the nervous system. These systems are exceptionally vulnerable to the effects of aging. Massage naturally stimulates these systems in a pain-free way; there are no side effects that are present in many medications. This is important for those who are being treated for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, depression anxiety and many other conditions requiring specific medications. In many cases, a regular once a week massage enabling the reduction in prescription medications. Massage aids strengthening of weakened muscles from disuse and helps reduce pain and stiffness in the wrists, elbows, shoulder, ankles, knee and hip joints.

Many age-related conditions can be improved with a weekly massage session. Research has shown that even people living with chronic conditions such as Parkinson's disease respond positively to the skilled hands of a professional massage therapist.

Studies have determined that massage treatment is safe and cost-efficient. Massage treatment session enhances health and wellness for so many.

Massage therapy provide widespread benefit.

The massage offers the following benefits:

• Improvement of the quality of life and self-esteem.

• Speeds up healing from injury and illness.

• Improvement in quality of sleep.

• Mental and physical relaxation.

• Relief of stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness.

• Alleviation of headaches and pain.

• Restoration of mobility.

• Improvement in lymphatic flow, which increases the excretion of toxic substances from the body.

 
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Geoff Harper
A wonderful poem about therapy

If you’re someone struggling with physical or emotional pain,

To help you work, play and live without limits, is our No.1 aim.

Beginning with consultation, a full assessment we will make,

And together we’ll decide upon the course of treatment to undertake.

Health is a state of the body, whereas wellness is a state of the mind,

Therefore, at Therapi Tylino all kind of treatments you will find.

Perhaps you’ve been struggling with a long-standing sports injury,

Or we can help you feel revitalised with a course of aromatherapy.

Maybe an Indian Head Massage for tension in your shoulders, neck and face,

We can conduct all of these treatments at your home or your work place.

We’ll fit into your schedule, our on-site service makes it easy for you,

Our testimonials read of our professionalism and our friendly service too.

Wellbeing is our passion, in our work we take such pride,

So, get in touch and find out more about the services we provide.


 
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Geoff Harper
What is Remedial Massage?

A slower form of deep massage, that uses more forceful pressures to reach the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Remedial massage may be for you if you have muscle tension or chronic pain. The treatment itself involves deep tissue work for short periods of time, the results can definitely be worth it! Soft tissue injuries and many more complaints can be eased with a remedial treatment.

 
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Geoff Harper
What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage - Much like Remedial massage, but it is tailored to people who participate in sports activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

 
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Geoff Harper
Aromatherapy Massage - What is it?

A light form of massage using long strokes, kneading, broad circular motions, vibration, and tapping focusing on the superficial layers of the muscle. Aromatherapy massage utilises massage oil that contains essential oils, you inhale the essential oil molecules and absorb them through your skin. They can promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.

 
Aromatherapy at Therapitylino

Aromatherapy at Therapitylino

 
Geoff Harper
Therapi Tylino Stories: Stacey Davey

I became acquainted with Gary Davey, Stacey’s dad, when he was training the Torfaen Dragons Kickboxing squad at the Football Factory, Cwmbran, in the autumn of 2014. During on of their training sessions, I introduced myself to Gary and he asked would I take a look at Stacey’s back.

I discussed Stacey’s difficulty with her Mam, Rachel. I agreed to assess Stacey’s back, provided her Mam chaperoned Stacey, as she was under age at the time. There were muscle tremors in the muscles of the hamstrings, quadriceps, buttocks and Lumbar back, QL’s, quadratus lumborum, and obliques. When I was shown the Kickboxing fighting title and photos of Stacey kicking a person in the head who was 6’ 6”, I started understand the possible reason for the muscle tremor.

The treatment plan included sports massage with controlled exercises, no kicking though. As the weeks went on and the sessions and exercises became more intense, changes in the muscles were felt by Stacey and myself. Her Mam and Dad could see the difference in Stacey not only physically but in her attitude as well. Stacey was regaining her confidence and enjoyed the exercise again.

Prior to her muscular difficulty Stacey had been a Junior Kickboxing Champion

In 2016 she won:

WAKO British Championships 2016

Junior Female - 65kg Light Contact, Stacey Davey (Torfaen Dragons) 3rd

Junior Female - 70kg Points Fighting Stacey Davey (Torfaen Dragons) 3rd

In 2017 she won:

WAKO  British  Championships  2017

Junior  Female - 65kg Light  Contact Stacey Davey (Torfaen Dragons) 2nd

 
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Roger Daniels

Shannon Dyer
Remedial Massage Therapy: What is it?

In this blog we are going to cover Remedial Massage Therapy a modality of medical practice on its own.

Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle, soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint, capsular, bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury."

It is performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a client may be presenting. If a client has suffered a moderate injury resulting in soft tissue pain and/or loss of function, loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function.

Remedial therapists have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine the clients to treat requirements. Their treatment plans are based on best practice principles; before each remedial massage session begins, an assessment is to be performed and feedback is obtained to ascertain the client's current requirements. These are used to identify the areas that the client's require attention on, the therapist can then apply the relevant and appropriate treatment.

The aim of the therapy is to find and treat the cause of the disorder, not only the symptoms. 

Remedial Massage - A Stand Alone Treatment

Therapi Tylino is taking the pleasure of providing a brief concise description and explanation about remedial massage; and how it stands alone from the other therapies.

The term “massage therapy,” is the general term relating to application of manual movements to move or stretch the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. Massage therapists’ use of this term to provide relief, remedy, and relaxation to their clients. The application of Remedial Massage is specific to a certain case in focus.

Remedial massage is the methodological assessment and treatment of the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues in order to aid in the rehabilitation and the management of pain or injury on any of the body parts. The science of remedial massage involves an assessment procedure prior to the actual treatment.

Remedial massage is a discipline and procedure of its own. It is not the application of the massage only, but it involves an assessment procedure prior to the actual treatment. The assessment allows the remedial massage therapist to apply a certain focus on the area of the body that needs treatment and what type of massage can be done. It will also inform both the therapist and client if there is a need for remediation to remove the pain and restore the body’s function.

The assessment includes the development of a specific treatment plan for the best course of treatment for the client’s condition or injury. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes.

It’s important for the remedial therapist to understand that a client’s needs are unique, and therefore particular remedial massage techniques need to be selected with clinical expertise and applied in a way that suits that client.

Benefits of massage

Remedial Therapy can bring relief from a wide range of recent and longstanding muscle and joint conditions. 

Some use Remedial Massage to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), recommends massage therapy for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.

Remedial Therapy is a safe and effective treatment which benefits everyone — people of all ages and condition

It is a holistic treatment for the whole body; not only the area where a specific problem has been located.

The pain, injury or area of dysfunction is identified and if need be traced back to the origin of cause. Specialised deep tissue massage techniques are used that focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. This releases the acute or chronic patterns of tension in the body through direct deep pressure and slow strokes on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and around joints. The purpose is to release the fibres and breakdown scar tissue while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension. 

Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilise them, and they provide armour for the internal organs, minor problems with these functions cause more pain than is realise.

Headaches can originate in the muscles of the neck and head.
Much of the pain of such conditions as angina comes from the hypercontraction of the chest muscles.
Abdominal and pelvic pain can be caused by adhesions in the abdominal and pelvic muscles.
Low back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in muscles than in vertebral disc problems.

Tissue tension, stiffness, and/or pain relief enhances normal functional joint movement

Improved blood flow translates as increased tissue oxygenation and nutrition, removal of metabolic waste, promoting healing

Improved muscle balance and nerve conduction  enhance proprioception, motor control, and hence function and reduced risk of injury recurrence

Enhanced well-being achieved via therapeutic touch can in turn reduce anxiety and promote a more positive psychological state.

Other Benefits include:

  • Helps reduce pain and speeds recovery from injury

  • Relaxes muscles, and allows body to rest

  • Improves tissue elasticity and strengthens weak muscles

  • Breaks down scar tissue

  • Increases circulation, aiding tissue repair

  • Removes waste products, such as lactic acid

  • Encourages muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients

The effectiveness of Remedial Massage is well documented by a growing body of clinical research: following numerous types of surgery, for circulatory problems including oedema, and a number of other medical conditions such as neurological disorders, some auto-immune conditions, etc.

It can reduce muscle spasm, pain, improve mobility, control, and hence quality of life, for sufferers of multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and other central nervous system (CNS) conditions. A number of case studies have shown encouraging results in ‘fascial release’ reducing the pain and severe mobility restrictions associated with connective tissue fibrosis/sclerosis among Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) clients.

Although many clients who consult a remedial massage therapist have pain as a result of specific injuries, whiplash, falls, sports injuries, , RSI, repetitive strain injuries, and other work-related problems, the vast majority originates in postural alignment problems that can go back to childhood and adolescence.

Remedial massage is one of the most effective and available ways to treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.

The remedial therapist uses skilled manipulation combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalising the body’s muscles and soft tissues. Treatments employs techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues, similar to those used in sports massage.

The Safety and Side Effects of Massage Therapy

There are few risks from receiving remedial massage therapy when performed by a trained therapist. Remedial massage therapists take precautions with clients with certain health conditions:

Pregnant women. as bleeding disorders or low blood platelet counts, clients who take anticoagulants, also known as blood thinners, potentially weak area of the skin, such as wounds and recent scares; or clients who have a tumour or cancer, unless approved by the client’s health care provider.

What to Expect

At your first appointment, a Consolation, will be taken to make sure there are no contraindication why you should not receive massage, and to discuss any injuries or problems you may have.

There will be a holistic postural assessment, so please wear appropriate underwear, sports bra and suitable shorts. Mobility of the injury or problem area be checked, when appropriate.

The treatment will last 60 minutes. The treatment will be provided lying on a massage couch, sometimes work will be done with you seated, suitably towel for comfort and modesty.

Following each treatment stretches and aftercare advice will be discussed and follow up treatment appointments will be set up.

The day after a remedial massage, soreness may be experience, so make sure your massage is at least 24 hours before any important activities..

Career Requirements

Remedial massage therapists attained additional training, which includes in-depth study in anatomy and physiology. The extra knowledge and understanding enables the therapist to carry out an assessment and provide appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

Education

Postsecondary certificate or diploma program

Training

500 to 1,000 hours of study and hands-on training

Key Skills

Communication and decision-making skills, ability to demonstrate empathy, good physical stamina, strength and dexterity

Certificate or Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy

The courses involve academic and clinical work. Coursework typically includes anatomy and physiology, massage fundamentals, pathology and professional ethics. Prospective massage therapists who plan to be self-employed may want to choose a training program that includes coursework in business finances, marketing and management. Hands-on training in clinical labs complements coursework.

Remedial Massage Therapy Approved National Examination

Once a student has completed an approved massage therapy program, he or she can apply to take either of these exams.

Apply for Licensure

Some counties require therapists to have license to practice.

Continuing Professional Development

To keep registration and insurance valid, therapist need to meet continuing professional development.

Choosing a therapist

It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.  

Massage should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

It is always advisable to consult a doctor before receiving a massage for specific conditions, which may not be related to soft tissue.



Shannon Dyer