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What is Therapeutic Massage?

And Why Should I Get One?



Hey everyone! Bekah here and we’re gonna talk today about a few things and hopefully clarify a little what therapeutic massage is and and why it can be helpful. A lot of the time, when people think about massage, they think of those fancy pictures on the internet where there are hands doing some things, maybe some stones, some rolled towels, the people look super relaxed and maybe there are some candles too. Most of these types of massages are spa style massages and are of the Swedish (relaxing) variety and most pictures aim to make the viewer feel that sense of rest and relaxation.


While rest and relaxation are super important in this stressful world we live in, Steph and I have chosen to focus on a different type of massage offering. It’s a generic term in a way, but encompasses how we feel about health and wellness. We focus on therapeutic massage. Now what does that mean? Therapeutic massage in a nutshell is massage that’s focused on relieving pain, reducing stress, and working on specific problems. Therapeutic massage can encompass a range of modalities - deep tissue, myo-fascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy (NMT), and many others. We want to help people function better on a day to day basis with less pain, better range of motion, and less stress on their body. This automatically reduces stress on the body, helps you feel better, which in turn has a direct impact on your mental, emotional, and physical well being.


If you don’t believe me, ask yourself - that shoulder that’s killing you every night and keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep? You actually get that worked on and sleep through the night with less pain? How does that affect your overall day? That knee problem that’s affecting your hip and the way you’re overcompensating for it when you walk? What if you can reduce that pressure and pain? Now that being said, don’t expect that one hour can completely fix a 1/5/10/20 year problem. It can’t. But it can provide some relief and set you on a road to recovery and wellness. And if you still don’t believe me, you can talk to our clients. And I can also pass you link after link after link after link on the benefits of massage. But maybe you just come try it out for yourself and see.


We also recognize that bodywork isn’t cheap. We are priced lower than Knoxville and Sevierville. One, we aren’t a big city and two, we are here to work with the people that live here. Not the tourists that frequent our lovely cities and mountains. That being said, if you're struggling financially, I (Bekah) am a part of the Healing Arts Collective. You can become a member and receive reduced rates on services. If you have questions, you can reach out at bekah@appalachianbodywork.com. I also hope to make this blog thing a little more consistent so let me know if there’s anything you want to know about. I also dabble in plant medicine, energy work/reiki, and chakra balancing so nothing is off the table.


If there’s something you’re struggling with (mental or physical) and we can’t help, we have resources and people that hopefully can. So no matter what it is, reach out and see if we’re a good fit or if we can find you someone who is. We care about your well being and the health and wellness of our community with our focus being therapeutic bodywork and massage. So contact us today and let us see how we can help. I'd personally love to poke your knots and try and make them more squishy than crunchy.





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