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Northern Light Therapeutic Massage

Hello, and welcome to Northern Light Therapeutic Massage. I bring on-site massage to workplaces and events in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Port Orchard and the Key Peninsula.

Please see the links below for more information!
Thanks for looking, and be well!

-Haley N. Masbruch, LMP

Round two of the article….

Heres round two- I revised the format and the references.  Input is highly valued!


Haley N. Masbruch, LMP

 Massage therapy is recognized by many healthcare professionals to be effective in the treatment of injuries, chronic pain, and stress.  Despite this, up to 80% of Americans have never had a massage.  Part of the reason for this is that many people are unsure of what to expect during a massage.  Massage therapists have extensive training to making massage therapy safe, effective and comfortable for their clients, and they are happy to answer questions about their education, experience and the techniques they use.


Before Your Massage

Before beginning the massage, the massage therapist will ask you to complete a health history form.  This is so he or she can determine if you have any health concerns that massage could affect.  Be sure to tell the therapist if you have any allergies, as some massage oils and creams contain plant extracts and nut oils.  The therapist will also ask if there are any areas you would like him or her to focus on or avoid during the massage.


A question that many first time massage clients ask is, “How much clothing should I remove?”  This depends on the client.  Before the massage begins, the therapist will instruct you to disrobe to a level you are comfortable with.  He or she will leave the room while you do this.  It is important that you are able to feel relaxed and secure during your massage, so leave on as much or as little clothing as you like.  Only the areas being treated will be uncovered- the rest of your body will be securely draped.


During Your Massage

During your massage, the therapist will use strokes such as gliding, kneading and stretching to help your muscles and mind relax.  Oil or cream may be used depending on the techniques the therapist uses.  The treatment room will usually be dimly lit, and there may be soft music playing.  Do not feel afraid to tell your therapist if anything feels uncomfortable or painful.  He or she will be able to change the techniques used to accommodate your needs.


After Your Massage

After your massage, your therapist will leave the room while you take a few minutes to wake your body up  and get dressed.  Be sure to take your time.  Breathe deeply and feel the relaxation in your muscles.  It is also helpful to drink one or two glasses of water in the hour following your massage- this will help your body eliminate the waste products that are worked out of your muscles during the treatment. 


The therapist may also ask if you would like to schedule further appointments for massage.  The benefits of massage can be felt best over a series of appointments, so it may be a good idea to schedule a few more sessions, especially if you need treatment for an injury that massage has been prescribed for.


By becoming familiar with what to expect during a massage appointment, you take an important step in enhancing your health and well-being.  To find a qualified massage therapist in your area, use the ‘Find A Massage Therapist’ tool on the home page of the American Massage Therapy Association at www.amtamassage.org.


        Haynes, D.,  Mastering Chair Massage, Real Bodywork, April  2007


Culpepper-Richards, K., Effect of a Back Massage and Relaxation Intervention on Sleep in Critically Ill Patients.  Am. J. Crit. Care,  July 1998 


American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2010, ‘Ten Tips To Get The Most From Your Massage’, http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/tips.html


link 1 23/12/2010 — 3 years ago

NY Times article on the benefits of massage therapy!

Regimens: Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep

Does a good massage do more than just relax your muscles? To find out, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and randomly assigned 29 of them to a 45-minute session of deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other 24 to a session of light massage.

All of the subjects were fitted with intravenous catheters so blood samples could be taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward.

To their surprise, the researchers, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.

Volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.

Volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.

The study was published online in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

The lead author, Dr. Mark Hyman Rapaport, chairman of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai, said the findings were “very, very intriguing and very, very exciting — and I’m a skeptic.”

link 1 16/11/2010 — 3 years ago