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3. Onelove healing arts
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Benjamin is incredibly knowledgeable, patient and inspires you to work hard and do your best while making it fun and adjusting it all to your personal needs and fitness level. I have struggled with my weight and with limited mobility due to severe osteoarthritis. Benjamin has taught me many different techniques to help feed and heal my joints and improve my range of motion and strengthen my muscles so they can better hold my body without as much pain. My quality of life has improved tremendously since I've started working with Benjamin. I used to have to go to the chiropractor at least once a week to help unlock my crickety body, but now my body is starting to self-adjust. He's taught me how to move and position myself and stretch to allow my joints to reposition themselves. I now only go the chiropractor when I have an injury that needs attention vs. weekly maintenance visits prior to his care. His massage work is targeted as well as relaxing. He massages my muscles before we workout so he can see where I am restricted and is able to release those areas so they are more productive in the workout. Workouts can vary based on how my body is feeling at the time, physical restrictions I may have and our mutual interest at the time. Some days I'm crawling on my hands and feet around a field like a spider, while other days I bounce on a trampoline to increase flexibility or toss a medicine ball back and forth to build strength and balance. He keeps it fresh and also teaches me things I can do at home on my own as a substitution for working with him personally. Then we end our sessions with mediation, qi gong poses, and envisioning techniques that help build and nurture the spirit. I truly can't say enough good things about him. I see him as someone who is dedicated to helping me save my life by teaching me to love my body by feeding it strength and gentleness. I can honestly say that working with Benjamin is one of the best and most loving things I have ever done for myself. Kara Shouse St. Paul, MN"
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What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

Do deep tissue massages work?

Deep tissue massage not only feels fabulous, it can provide results. The massage technique targets deeper layers of muscle and your connective tissue. For its ability to stimulate those deeper muscles, deep tissue massage is commonly used during recuperation from sports-related and other injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Deep tissue massage has been proved to reduce high blood pressure and a range of other ailments. Deep tissue and other types of massage are frequently used for relieving stress, managing pain, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites the following as health conditions for which that deep tissue massage can provide relief:

  • Chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Labor pains
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue
  • Headaches

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

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