The use of “tools” has many benefits.
The tools listed here are not always used but can be. It just depends.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Moist Hot Towels are used to gently warm the skin, soothe any achy muscles/joints before touch is introduced. Also, at the end of a session, they feel amazing on our feet….soothing the soul.
There are two different vibration tools I like to use. The first is the Jeanie Rub Variable Speed Massager. This powerful massage tool is good for loosening up tight muscles and increasing relaxation. It is generally used in combination with hot towels.
The next is Theragun Massager. It can quickly sweep across many of the large muscle groups, increasing mobility and create ease in stretching and flexibility. Imagine, using this pre and post-workouts. As well, as a tool to help prepare your body for competition.
(Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation) This tool allows the massage therapist to target and reduce adhesions (restrictions) and fibrous tissues that may be causing pain/inflammation/lack of range of motion. The benefit you receive is you’ll have more range of motion and freedom in muscle movements.
Some of my clients have referred to this as the “knife”. It is stainless steel, blunt-edged tool that, when applied, helps to break down the restrictions (adhesions/fibrous tissues) in the area being worked on.
This tool is not just for athletes. It can be used on everyone. It is wondrous on long-term issues like plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and scar tissue, just to name a few.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy, based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and poor energy flow in your body.
Glass and/or silicone “cups” are applied to your skin with a suction pressure that draws your skin in upward, lifting it and helping to break down any restrictions in the area being worked on. When applied with oil/lotion, these cups can be slid around the designated area. The ultimate goal of using these tools is to provide an alternate way to decrease restrictions and increase the range of motion/movement within the muscles below the skin.
Some marking (bruising or cup kiss) can be left behind but will dissipate within a few days (maximum a week). Please make sure to let your therapist know if you are on blood thinners, as this is a contraindication for receiving this technique.
*Coming Soon* Medicupping. This is similar to the cupping techniques mentioned above, with the exception that a machine maintains the vacuum inside the cup, hence allowing the therapist to achieve better results in your body. Medicupping can be added into a normal session or as a whole session in itself.
If that is something you're interested in, please CALL and ask your therapist for more information.
Here at Masag4u, we use high-quality creams that are hypoallergenic and nongreasy. They have nourishing properties of both calendula and jojoba oils. The unique combination of these oils allows the moisture-rich cream to glide on easily and remain workable throughout the duration of the massage session.
It is a natural oil that is typically obtained by distillation and having the “essence of a plant’s fragrance. There are many “healing” benefits that come from essential oils. There are also contraindications in using essential oils. Please make sure to discuss all medical conditions and medications you may be taking at the time of your massage. As there may be negative effects if certain Essential Oils are used.
CHABA, stands for Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids. These are full-plant cannabis topicals, that come from the marijuana side of the plant, that have no more than 0.3% THC, are non-intoxicating (non-euphoric, and will not get you high), and they are not for human/animal consumption. As of July 2015 House Bill 2136 in Washington State passed (RCW 69.50.575). There were many parts to this bill, but most importantly to the massage industry is part VII, which defines CHABAB and exempts them from all regulations in the state’s Controlled Substance Act (CSA) pertaining to marijuana. This means CHABA is NOT considered a drug in WA state and to the WA Department of Health, the entity responsible for licensing your massage therapist. IF THE CANNABIS-INFUSED PRODUCT IS STRONGER THAN A CHABA, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ME TO USE IT ON YOU. (credit to Jen Chan, LMT, BCTMB)
Why use CHABA? Long story short, it extends the benefits you normally receive from hands-on massage therapy.
Is there a smell? Yes. There is a slight smell at first, but after a short time, it disappears.
Unlike other clinics, Masag4U does not charge you extra for using CHABA and Essential oils during your session.