My name is Jamie Ike, and I am a licensed massage therapist. I am often amazed at how many people have never had an actual massage by a licensed therapist. If this is your first time, or if you are looking for another therapist for your own personal reasons, please allow me to introduce to you some of the basics about massage therapy and how I like to practice.
For the newbies, massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation promoting physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. The importance that the human touch has on one another can bring about positive changes in your overall physical and mental health.
The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading," or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". An older etymology may even have been the Hebrew me-sakj "to anoint with oil".Massage therapy can help to relax your stress in many ways. In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually with the hands or with mechanical aids such as hot stones or trigger point pressure releasers. If you have never had a hot stone massage before, you are in for a treat.
The typical target tissues I work on during my massages include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Many of my female patients prefer to have their neck and shoulders worked on while many of my male patients like a deep massage of the lower back.
Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows (yes elbows!), forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness. The doctors in our office regularly recommend massage therapy to many of our injured workers and car accident victims since it helps improve healing times.
As you may have guessed, I work in professional settings where I give massage with the client lying on a massage table. I can do them sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor but the table is the preferred method. My client may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of their body may be covered with towels or sheets. Of course, the room is private so that you can totally relax.
I look forward to meeting you. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call me at (614) 428-9310. My fees are $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes.