What is a Relaxation Massage?
What is a Targeted Therapeutic Massage?
Chair Massage at Your Event
What conditions does Massage Therapy address?
Effects of Massage Therapy on the body

What is a Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage is a general full body massage designed to promote calm and rest. As tensions in the skin, muscle and soft tissue structures are eased, the body’s parasympathetic nervous system is activated which reduces stress and facilitates healing. A relaxation massage supports an overall feeling of well-being. It is a wonderful way to melt away stress, or to give oneself a nurturing treat.


What is Targeted Therapeutic Massage?

A therapeutic massage addresses specific problems with muscles, fascia and soft tissue. Special attention is paid to sore or tight muscles, and tension patterns that may affect other areas of the body. In addition to standard soft tissue manipulation, more specialized mobilization techniques are utilized, including neuromuscular therapy and mayofascial techniques. Therapeutic massage helps to eliminate deep rooted tension and pain, dysfunctions due to postural imbalances, and aids soft tissue recovery from injury or surgery.

Chair Massage at Your Event

Ian doing chair massage
at Central Penn College

Chair massage is proven to enhance and improve performance at the workplace, in schools, and at athletic events. It is also a wonderful way to feel relaxed and refreshed within a few minutes at public or special events. Clients remained clothed, and there are no oils or creams. The massage chair is ergonomically designed, and enables the massage therapist to target the back, shoulders, neck and arms.

Chair massages usually is offered at intervals of
5, 10 or 15 minutes.

Please contact us for pricing and scheduling.

Rachel at the PA State
Capitol Building

Chair Massage Testimonial
"Rachel and Ian have both visited our college campus and done AMAZING massage work for our students, faculty, and staff. Every single person left the chair feeling relaxed and wanting more. The days that chair massages are offered are some of the most highly anticipated days on campus! Not only are they flexible in scheduling appointments, but they take each individual client’s request into account as well. I am so thankful to bring their massage services to our campus, especially at such an affordable price! They are a couple of the best massage therapists in town for sure."
Megan Cline, LSW
Central Penn College

What conditions does Massage Therapy address?

  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Muscular Tension
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Postural Dysfunction
  • Scoliosis, Lordosis, and Kyphosis
  • Bulging Disk and post treatment Herniated Disk
  • Sciatica
  • Hip & Knee Replacements
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Club Feet
  • Whiplash
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • Torticollis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Recovery from Injury or Surgery
  • Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Chronic Constipation
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Autism
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • And Many Other Conditions

Massage Therapy has the following effects on the below listed body systems:
(Integumentary (Skin), Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary)

Integumentary System (Skin)

  • Exfoliates skin cells. The act of rubbing the skin aids turnover of cells in the epidermis.
  • Stimulates sebaceous glands, which improves the softness, suppleness and elasticity of skin.
  • Increases scar tissue mobility regardless of the age of the scar (though it is ideal to work with a newly formed scar).
  • Increases local circulation which brings fresh nutrients to the skin and aids in the removal of waste products.
  • Lubricates the skin. The lubricants used in massage therapy nourish and condition the skin

Muscular System

  • Decreases muscle tension in hypertonic muscles.
  • Reduces muscle spasm.
  • Reduces adhesions in muscles and fascia.
  • Strengthen weakened muscles through active-resisted movements.
  • Promotes muscular balance, leading to better posture.
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion.
  • Decreases soreness, fatigue, and muscle recover time after strenuous exercise.
  • Promotes healing after any injury (physical, emotional, or psychological).

Skeletal System and Joints:

  • Increases circulation which nourishes joints and increases waste removal.
  • Reduces tension on joints and joint stiffness. Releases joint strain.
  • Increases range of motion.
  • Reduces fascial restrictions
  • Restores posture and alignment.
  • Reduces inflammation.

Nervous System:

  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which sends the body into rest and recovery (healing) mode.
  • Changes the levels of chemical messengers, which influence both physiological and psychological functions
    • Increases oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin
    • Decreases cortisol and histamine
  • Supports natural biological rhythms and homeostasis. Sleep is improved after receiving massage.
  • Neuromuscular and somatic reflexive mechanisms can be manipulated by massage techniques to alter muscular tension and reeducate proprioceptors.
  • Decreases pain through gated mechanisms. Massage interrupts the pain-spasm-pain cycle by releasing nerves trapped in soft tissue and by reducing Trigger Points.

Circulatory System:

  • Improves local circulation.
    • When muscle tension is decreased through massage, blood can flow more freely.
    • Massage creates torsion/twist in the tissue, stimulating the release of histamine (a vasodilator) which opens the blood vessels and promotes greater circulation.
    • Initially massage stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which flushes the body with blood. After a short time the parasympathetic nervous system takes over and blood flow is shunted back to the core of the body so healing can occur.
    • The movement of blood to the core of the body is why many clients feel cold during a massage if not adequately warmed with blankets or table heating pads.
    • Massage mechanically pushes interstitial fluid into circulation, thusly increasing blood volume.
  • Supports venous return by using distal to proximal strokes on extremities.
  • Decreases blood pressure, resulting from the combination of vasodilation and the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. If a relaxing massage is received once a week, blood pressure can stay low.

NOTE: Anyone who has a compromised circulatory system (heart or blood vessels), or unregulated blood pressure may not be a candidate for massage therapy.

Respiratory System

  • Facilitates the client’s awareness of breathing, and can help establish deep, free natural respiratory patterns.
  • Loosens mucus in the lungs and aids mucus expulsion
  • Increase oxygen saturation levels, thoracic gas volume, peak flow, forced expiratory volume, and forced vital capacity.
  • Decreases laryngeal tension by using techniques focused on the muscles of the shoulder and neck.

Digestive System

  • Activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System so the body goes into recovery mode, which reduces stress related digestive disorders.
  • Digestive system becomes activated in parasympathetic mode (may hear digestional gurgling when receiving a massage).
  • Regular massage therapy can be important in the healing of chronic digestive disorders.
  • Massage therapy helps to relieve constipation when applied in a clockwise manner to the abdominal area, specifically the large intestines.

Urinary System

  • Increases blood circulation, which increases the blood volume and filtration rate within the kidneys, thus increasing the production rate of urine.
  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes urine production, leading to increased urination after a massage.
  • Drink water after a massage to help replace fluids expelled during post massage urination.


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