Massage Practitioners:

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to promote health and wellbeing. It is beneficial for dealing with the stresses of daily life, and maintaining good health, as well as symptomatic relief in many medical conditions. There are many different styles of massage that are used for different effects: to promote health and wellness, reduce stress and tension, alleviate pain, or help in recovery after trauma or surgery.

How can I benefit from massage?

Massage therapy works on many levels:

Physical - Massage therapy lengthens muscles, improves blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitates the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissue.

Mental - Massage therapy provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces mental stress and enhances the capacity for calm thinking and creativity. In addition, massage stimulates the release of endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - into the brain and nervous system.

What should I expect from my massage session?

You should expect a peaceful, relaxing experience when you get a massage. Your practitioner will ask you to fill out a form and/or talk to you before the session begins. You may be asked about your reasons for seeking bodywork, current physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress level, and painful areas. All the information you provide will be strictly confidential.

For most full-body massage sessions, you will be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. Undressing takes place in private, and a sheet is provided for draping. The therapist will undrape only the part of your body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. Other healing arts, such as reiki, craniosacral therapy, zero balancing, or therapeutic touch, do not require the removal of clothing.

For more information or an appointment, please call the practitioner.

8555 16th Street, Suite 402 • Silver Spring • MD • 20910 • 301-565-2700 •