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Benefits of Massage Therapy
I recently had the pleasure of sitting with massage therapist, Thaddeus Daniels in Union Square in New York City, talking about all-things massage and feeling good. Besides being a graduate of the impressive, Swedish Institute, Thaddeus blogs at memoirsofamassagetherapist.blogspot.com/ about all things related to body work.
“I actually started working in a spa in Chelsea, then as I was studying massage, I moved on to private massage work, at this stage of my career, I’ve probably seen hundreds and hundreds of clients.”
As a veteran therapist, Thaddeus says “everyone can benefit from massage, people who get up and go to work can benefit, athletes, those trying to alleviate stress…. It’s not just for luxury…the average person would benefit.
Commonly Cited Benefits of Massage
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
A good massage therapist has formal training and is licensed. Thaddeus also says that it’s important for clients to understand if their massage therapist is licensed, do you they work on a table vs. a mat, are they attentive to body draping—keeping the body covered, and is the environment relaxed.
In addition, Thaddeus took a moment to dispel several challenges and myths, including that professional massage are associated with the sex industry. “That is a perception that remains. Professional therapists do not engage in that behavior yet we all have had to address it at some point.”
Another myth held by some is that a good massage must hurt or leave you sore to be any good. Not so, says Thaddeus. “It’s not typically true
you should be sore after a massage, but some people may get sore after a deep tissue or sports massage but that’s not always true either. It should never hurt.”
Seasoned in his work, Daniels says that clients should refrain from eating or drinking right before a session as it may require them to use the restroom, disrupting the relaxing bodywork. And for most massage therapists, the work is physically demanding as therapists must manipulate the bodies of clients who come in all shapes and sizes.
New York City is a highly competitive area for therapists but a good massage therapist can make a good living. An hour massage typically
can run from $80 to $150 in the NYC area, but depending on geography, prices vary. Thaddeus offers massage service for $100 for 60 minutes and $120 for 90 minutes. Breathe in, breathe out, relax and enjoy the benefits of massage.