Perhaps you have some questions about massage or about Elephant Moon Massage. Below are a couple of frequently asked questions:
- What do Elephants and the Moon have to do with massage?
- Do I only need to get massage when I’m hurting?
- What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
- What is the difference between deep tissue, orthopedic and therapeutic massage?
- What is the difference between Traditional Thai Massage and Therapeutic Massage?
- What is Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
- How often should I get a massage?
- Is massage painful?
- How many muscles are there in the human body?
- Have you ever given an elephant a massage?
Have a question that isn’t answered here? Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (303.319.5779) and I’d be glad to answer your specific questions.
What do Elephants and the Moon have to do with massage?
Besides being near and dear to my heart, elephants and the moon represent many of my core beliefs as a massage therapist of compassion, strength, healing, balance, and intuition.
Elephants are simultaneously strong and gentle. The methods of therapeutic massage that I employ strive to combine strength of getting into the muscle to treat it while being gentle with the client. More importantly elephants heal through touch, just as massage therapists help clients heal through touch.
The Moon has long been a symbol of knowledge, balance and intuition. Through therapeutic massage, the body is restored to balance. As a massage therapist, I combine my knowledge of a variety of massage techniques with my intuition to provide a thorough session suited to the client.
Do I only need to get massage when I’m hurting?
Massage does not have to be just for when you are hurting. Make no mistake; when you are hurting is a great time to seek out a qualified massage therapist to help you with the healing process. One of the benefits of regular massage sessions is that your muscles are in better shape, often reducing your pain levels and chances of getting injured.
What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic massage has many benefits for anyone interested in taking action to improve their overall health and well being. Some of the benefits of massage include:
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Decrease chronic pain
- Faster recovery time from injuries
- Increase relaxation
- Increase circulation
- Decrease muscle fatigue during sports or other activities
- Increase muscle tone and conditioning
What is the difference between deep tissue, orthopedic and therapeutic massage?
Basically, these words are all names for massage techniques that work the muscles to help correct musculoskeletal conditions. Working deep into the muscle tissues, the muscles are encouraged to regain their optimal length and elasticity, scar tissue and adhesions are reduced, and overall the muscle can begin to function optimally after treatment.
What is the difference between Traditional Thai Massage and Therapeutic Massage?
The main difference between Thai Massage and Therapeutic Massage is that Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed in loose fitting clothing; where Therapeutic Massage is performed on a massage table with the client disrobed to their level of comfort and covered with sheet and blanket. Thai Massage techniques often involve more stretching and compression of the muscle and incorporate a component of moving the energy that is in the human body. Oils and lotions are not typically used in Thai Massage, except for occasional spot treatments.
Thai Massage techniques were developed in the time of Buddha to aid in meditation and long periods of sitting. As these techniques gained acceptance, they were further developed by the farmers in Thailand that spend many hours on their feet and bending over planting rice and other crops. Thai massage is equally suited to athletes that require flexibility and range of motion and to office workers that spend hours sitting at their desks.
My massage treatments often blend techniques from Thai Massage and Therapeutic Massage to provide the best possible treatment for the client.
What is Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
Osteopathy is a field of manual therapy techniques focused on restoring the movement of fluids (blood, lymph, and spinal) and energy in the body. The body is treated as a complete unit and the client is the focus and driver of the treatments, working together with the practitioner. Fundamentally, the same massage techniques are applied during a treatment using an osteopathic approach as a regular massage. Some additional techniques such as joint mobilization and cranio-sacral techniques may be included in a session. An osteopathic approach moves one step beyond to look at the client’s behaviors, exercise, and nutrition as part of the process.
In the United States, only medical doctors can be given the title of Osteopath. Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are branches of Osteopathy.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency of visits depends on the individual’s specific situation. For most people, at least once a month is good for maintenance. Some people, depending on past medical history, injuries and their jobs, choose to get massage every couple of weeks or even every week.
Is massage painful?
On the whole, massage should not be a painful experience. Some of the techniques used can cause some temporary discomfort; however, this discomfort should only linger while that area is being worked on. Most clients refer to this as “good” pain. At any time, if any technique is uncomfortable, please speak up.
How many muscles are there in the human body?
Humans have 602 muscles that function together to help you stand, walk, run, play sports, breathe, pick things up, and just move through life. By contrast there are 4,000 muscles in an elephant’s trunk.
Have you ever given an elephant a massage?
Actually, yes, I have done some work on a couple of elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. The park is a sanctuary for orphaned and abused elephants. One elephant, Mae Do, has a broken pelvis as a result of her abuse. When I visit her, I often rub her hips. While she can’t communicate like my clients can, she does flap her ears, which is a sign she is happy.