Get a Massage
We've all heard it, said it or thought it before, "I need a massage."
Once considered to be just hedonistic pampering for the rich and famous,
massage therapy is now finding enormous popularity among millions of Americans.
Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life. The
weekend athlete, the home gardener, the over stressed executive, secretaries,
waitresses, laborers; virtually anyone can feel a need for massage therapy
sooner or later.
Numerous research studies conducted in the United States, Europe, and
Asia have documented that far beyond simply "feeling good,"
massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and emotional
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Our Personal Care Ease Your Pain"
Keeps Skin Looking Young
Reduces Body Fluids
Therapeutic for all Injuries
Helps Tone muscles
REDUCES THE EFFECTS OF STRESS
Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related
complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor
concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood
pressure, heart disease, ulcers, as well as, physical and emotional
Massage therapy has an amazing effect on your body's nervous system.
When massage therapy activates your body's parasympathetic nervous system,
it counteracts your body's negative response to stress, relaxing muscle
tension and allowing your heart rate, blood pressure and circulation
to return to normal.
Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and your
unconsciously held tension. As you become more aware of your body, you
will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that
you can consciously release it before it can have a negative effect
on your body.
RELAXES TENSE MUSCLES
Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscles, and connective
tissue, breaking down and preventing further formation of adhesions,
freeing your range of motion and reducing the dangers of fibrosis.
Benefits: MASSAGE INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle cannot hold much fluid
nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it. This decreases your
circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on your heart.
Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can leave you feeling
fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy reserves.
Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood
towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ. This
increase in circulation brings energy producing nutrients and oxygen
to your cells as well as carriers away metabolic waste products that
can make you feel listless and drained. In addition, massage therapy
increases your body's oxygen carrying red blood cell count helping to
bring even more oxygen to your body's cells.
MASSAGE DECREASES CHRONIC PAIN
Far too many of us face our daily lives with chronic pain due to injuries
or illness. Not only does massage therapy help to correct the conditions
that cause chronic pain, but it also acts in two ways to decrease the
actual pain itself. The first is by the trained touch of a massage therapist
activating nerve receptor signals along myelinated nerve fibers to temporarily
block chronic pain signals from reaching the brain. The second is by
the stimulated release of endorphins (The body's natural painkiller)
into the brain and nervous system to reduce your feelings of pain and
discomfort without the use of unnatural drugs.
MASSAGE STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and its vital
nutrients, but also increases the circulation of lymph in your lymphatic
system thus helping your body to fight off infection and speeding your
recovery from injuries and illness.
"If you have a massage every week, you will have 2/3 less
illness." H.GRUENN, M.D. Los Angeles, CA
CAN IMPROVE NERVE FUNCTION
Contracted muscles can press on or pinch your nerves causing tingling,
numbness, or pain. Massage therapy relaxes these contracted muscles
to relieve the compression on you nerves. Sensory receptors in the skin
and muscles wake up bringing new awareness to areas that have felt cut
off by chronic tension patterns.
MASSAGE HELPS YOU TO SLEEP BETTER
Tension from everyday stress can disrupt your sleep leaving you tired,
irritable and emotionally drained. This can rob you of the patience
and stamina needed just to face day-to-day life. Massage therapy relaxes
tense muscles and calms the nervous system, causing your body's rhythm
to slow down. When this happens, your blood pressure lowers, your heart
rate settles, and your breath becomes deeper and more rhythmic, priming
you for a perfect night's sleep.
MASSAGE HELPS DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, spiritual and
social changes. Some of these changes produce discomforts, which can
be addressed with appropriate massage therapy. Some of the possible
stress and promotes relaxation.
muscle spasms, cramps, and myofascial pain, especially in the back and
Increases blood and
lymph circulation and supports the physiological process of gestation,
by supporting the work of the heart, increasing cellular respiration,
reducing edema and contributing to sympathetic nervous system sedation.
Reduces stress on
weight-bearing joints and musculo-fasicial structures.
support and physical nurturance.
Develops the sensory
awareness necessary to relax during 1st stage labor and to recruit appropriate
muscles during the pushing phase.
Provides a pregnant
woman with the experience of loving, nurturing touch so that she may
touch her own baby lovingly.
Remember that this is the only body you're going to get, take great
care of it.
Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, spiritual, and
social changes. While massage therapy during pregnancy is not intended
to replace appropriate medical and prenatal care, used as a form of
adjunctive health care, some of the possible benefits are:
Reduces stress and
Relieves muscle spasms,
cramps, and myofascial pain, especially in the back and neck.
Reduces stress on
weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures.
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Before your Session
Before you receive your session, it is a good idea not to eat any large
or heavy meals, sugar, caffeine, or other stimulants. You may also want
to shower or bathe directly before your session, not only out of courtesy
to your therapist, but also to help start loosening any tight muscles
that you might have.
your first session begins your therapist will have you fill out a questionnaire
regarding your medical history, physical condition, etc. Your therapist
may assess any problem areas you may have by checking for restricted or
painful movement, gently pressing for tender areas and observing your
Your session will be administered in a peaceful and quiet environment.
Your therapist will ask you to disrobe in your private therapy room and
drape yourself with a sheet. The type of session that you will be receiving
and the specific areas of your body that your therapist will be working
on will determine your required state of undress. You may leave your undergarments
on or take them off as you prefer.
Your therapist will be sure to respect your privacy during your session.
The only area of your body that will be uncovered will be the area your
therapist is working on at that time.
The areas of the body specifically not included in a session are the genital
areas, the breast tissue on women and in most cases, the throat. If there
are any other areas you would prefer not to include in your session, be
sure to let your therapist know prior to the start of your session.
You will lie down on a comfortably padded massage table in a position
explained to you by your therapist. Your therapist will take a moment
to ensure that you are properly positioned, sufficiently covered and most
importantly, that you are comfortable. Be sure to inform your therapist
of anything that distracts from your comfort such as your position, the
room temperature, lighting, etc. Remember that this is your time, so be
If at anytime during your session you experience any pain, discomfort
or uneasiness of any sort, immediately inform your therapist. Massage
therapy, when administered on healthy tissue, is a very pleasurable sensation.
In the area of an injury or muscular tension, massage therapy may, at
first, cause some discomfort. When your therapist locates these areas
on your body, it will be your natural reaction to tense and to hold your
breath. It is very important that you consciously try to relax these areas
and remember to breathe deeply. This will help to lessen any discomfort
you might experience from these areas.
Conversely, if at anytime during your session your therapist works on
an area or uses a technique you find particularly enjoyable, be sure to
let your therapist know. Don't wait until the end of your session. If
time permits, extra time can be spent on that area or technique. Your
therapist will appreciate your feedback and will know next time to be
sure to include extra time for these areas or techniques.
As your session begins, close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as
completely as possible. Focus your attention on your breathing, which
should be slow, deep and even. Conversation, as enjoyable as it may be,
can also be distracting to your relaxation and to the concentration of
your therapist's efforts. Please try to limit your conversation to feedback
about your session.
Allow your therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Try to
go limp, like a rag doll. You do not need to help. Your therapist is paid
to take care of your body so all you need to do is relax. Again, this
is your time.
Many people fall asleep during their session, an indication that their
bodies are letting go of stress and tension. Should you fall asleep, your
therapist will gently wake you when it is time to reposition or end the
session. Feel free to nap.
Sometimes, as the body releases tension during a session, the mind can
also release emotion that is associated with that tension. If you should
suddenly feel joyful, sad or angry, do not be alarmed. Allow yourself
to express these feelings by laughing or crying. At the very least, feel
free to sigh or hum.
Contrary to some notions in our society, massage therapy is a healing
art, not a sexual service. Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks
or advances will result in the immediate termination of your session.
After your massage, unless you have a condition that would prohibit it,
you may want to drink extra water for the next 24 hours to help flush
out the toxins released by your session. You may also want to take an
Epsom or Rock Salt bath as well. If at all possible you may want to take
the time to reap the full benefits of your session by taking a nap.
Be sure to ask your therapist any questions you may have about massage
therapy in general or your session in particular.
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Therapeutic Body Concepts wants to first establish that our massages
are non-sexual massages for wellness/ relaxation. Our massage therapists
are fully clothed when giving the massage, all massages are performed
on appropriate equipment, and draping is not an option. Please respect
our therapists and receptionists.
We are a professional Massage Therapy service. We have 2 beautiful locations
to serve you.
advantage of a chair massage. A chair massage is given while the client
is fully clothed, reclining in a specially designed chair. Chair massages
can be specially ordered for your office and/or special events. Please
speak to a chair massage event consultant for more information. Estela
Gosset (210) 684-6563.
Do I need a doctor's referral?
Unless you are taking medication, or have a specific condition that you
are concerned about, massage therapy by a licensed professional should not require
a physician's referral. However, some doctors may recommend massage therapy
as a part of certain treatments. You should inform your therapist of anything
that might be a factor of your overall condition. Therapeutic Body Concepts
do not work with insurance companies at this time.
Do I have any control during the massage?
We recommend that you communicate with your massage therapist regarding the
pressure or style of the technique. Also, environmental factors such as temperature,
draping, volume of the music, or scents can be influenced by your participation.
If you do not want to have a particular part of your body massaged, you should
communicate that clearly and early on to your massage therapist.
Can I choose a male/female therapist?
We honor requests for male or female therapists, but we do not reveal the age,
appearance, or nationality of our therapists. Therapeutic Body Concepts is not
an escort service.
Will I be naked during the massage?
The client is recommended to remove all their clothes and jewelry except for
their lower underwear. Women will be asked to remove their bras. A sheet will
always drape clients over their entire body except for the part of the body
being worked on. During the massage, draping is not optional.
is a full-body massage?
When a massage therapist goes to massage school, we are taught full-body massage.
A full-body massage is the entire body except for the breasts and genital areas.
It has come to our attention that some people requesting full-body massages
are looking for sexual massages. Therapeutic Body Concepts Professionals does
not provide massage of a sexual nature.
Should I tip the massage therapist?
It is customary to tip the massage therapist. You are not required to tip
legally, but it can be considered a reflection of the quality of the massage
by the massage therapist.
the therapists registered?
All of our therapists receive registration from the school that they graduate
from. All massage therapists are required to be registered by the state of Texas.
How often should I receive a massage?
A massage every week is highly beneficial and recommended. Some of our clients
want a massage two/three times a week, others once a month. It depends on your
cycle whether it is weekly, monthly, seasonal, yearly, etc.
you recommend any behaviors during the massage?
Breathe deeply and regularly. The more you breathe, the more likely you are
to reap the benefits of massage. Try not to engage in conversation. Talking,
except for communicating with your therapist about pressure, boundaries, etc.
can distract you. You are more than welcome to ask your therapist not to talk
to you as well. Drink water. During the massage you will release toxins into
your bloodstream. This can be disagreeable a few hours after the massage. Drinking
water will flush the toxins out of your system.
kind of massage do you give?
The massage therapy we provide is for your stress/pain relief, relaxation, and
enjoyment. A Swedish massage is usually requested for relaxation, enjoyment,
or stress-relief. Deep tissue work, a very strong style of massage is recommended
for overly tight, hard muscles. Sport massage depends on if the massage is desired
before of after the sport event. Neuromuscular work is for someone with a specific
problem area they need addressed. Many massage therapists use an eclectic approach,
integrating all these techniques, customizing the massage to what is appropriate
for each respective client.
are some of the benefits of massage?
The effects of a massage are so numerous that many books have been written on
the subject. Some of the benefits include better blood circulation, antidepressant
effects such as mood elevation, mental relief, greater physical flexibility,
pain/tension relief, stronger immunity, complement to other therapies such as
chiropractor/physical therapy, helpful for pregnancy, elderly, infants, athletes,
and worker morale.
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Therapeutic Body Concepts is conveniently located at the corner of Evers and
Wurzbach behind the Hungry Horse Café. We have to locations both in the
Crystal Mall Strip Center. Building I 6162 Wurzbach and Building II- 6128 Wurzbach.
Building I features an Indoor Heated Pool. Fidel: a Click here for Directions.
Deep Tissue Work | Licensed/Insured
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of Why get a Massage?
Working long hours at a desk, relying more on technology and less on the
physical body can result in loss of strength and muscle tone. Rushing from one
place, thought and experience to another are some of the causes of stress we
encounter every day.
Massage therapy has proven its value. From the beginnings of recorded history,
massage has had a presence in the lives of great figures. Hippo crates, one
of the founders of modern medicine, recommended massage for good health.
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