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Clothed Table Massage a Relaxing Alternative

When one talks about Corporate Massage or In-Office Massage, the visual impression most people get is Chair Massage; sitting in a special massage chair leaning forward while the massage therapist focuses on their upper back and neck. This has been the standard for providing massage therapy for staff members in the work environment. Employers use In-Office Massage for many reasons: to show appreciation for a job well done, to help relieve stress after a big project, or even a monthly perk as a part of their company’s wellness program. In-office chair massage has a minimal of interruption to the workers schedules…no messy oils and lotions, and no undressing. Although this type of massage can be very relaxing without needing a private setting, you still have to hold yourself upright for chair massage, and there may be additional stress on your knees depending on the massage chair and the duration of the massage.

Tranquility Massage Man On Pillow

Clothed Table Massage

At Tranquility Massage, we are seeing an “outside-the-box” request at some of the companies that offer massage therapy to their staff on a regular basis. An option they are implementing is providing clothed table massage in their offices where room allows. The staff member still remains fully clothed, and they can completely relax in a lying down position instead of having to hold themselves up while sitting in a massage chair. Another benefit is the additional ability for the massage therapist to work on the client’s legs and feet. This can be especially helpful in offices where the staff members are required to be on their feet for long periods of time.

Tranquility Massage can accommodate most requests, whether the need is for chair massage, clothed table massage, or both. Let us know if you have any unusual needs, and we will be happy to tailor our services to fit the style that works best for you.

DOMS: Massage Battles This Summer Bummer

Woman with DOMS massaging shoulder.Summer wouldn’t be complete without all the outings at the beach, theme parks, family gatherings, sports, and of course, travel. Throughout all the activities we engage in, we are absolutely dependent on our silent and obedient partners – our muscles. When you think about it, it’s amazing just how dependent we are on our muscles for wholesome, healthy living, working,  and summer fun. Thats why Tranquility Massage focuses on providing muscle friendly, pain relieving massage therapy where people need it most – where they live, work, and play.

Our muscles frequently get sore after periods of intense and/or sustained physical activity, but the soreness doesn’t always have the same character. The reason involves the level of damage the muscle tissue (including cells, nerves, blood vessels, etc.) sustains from the activity.

It’s important to note that muscles are ‘damaged’ during normal day-to-day use. It’s the healing process that leads to increases in strength, endurance, range of motion, flexibility, and other life improving benefits. Therefore, some level of controlled muscular ‘damage’ can be beneficial (“controlled muscular damage” = exercise!). Massage therapy can be an effective, satisfying, and drug-free part of both the exercise and healing processes.

Muscle soreness can be generally defined in two basic categories. Muscle strains involve stiffness, swelling, bruising, and excruciating pain that is usually apparent immediately after injury, and may require a doctor’s care and/or physical therapy if severe enough. Although severe muscle strains may require a doctor’s care, massage therapy can effectively reduce pain and swelling, and may also aid in faster healing of many muscle strain (more on this in a later posting).

We’re all (hopefully) more familiar with the delayed feeling of pain and stiffness that occurs 24 to 72 hours after some form of healthy activity, known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or “DOMS”. DOMS results from micro tears in the muscle tissues sustained during elevated physical activity, and can lead many people to avoid physical activities or take liver-damaging medications, neither of which is conducive to a healthy lifestyle (by the way, ALWAYS consult your doctor before taking any medication).  That dull, lingering pain you get the morning after an active day at the beach is DOMS in action. This is where massage therapy shines (checkout this article from Medicine.net on DOMS and massage).

Mobile massage therapy is perfectly suited to address the pain and stiffness of DOMS for several reasons. First, massage helps counter the discomfort of DOMS by increasing blood flow to the affected muscles and releasing muscle fiber binding and releasing toxins that inhibit healing. Second, massage therapy can actually stimulate muscle tissue growth which can help avoid future recurrences of DOMS. Third, massage does all this without using medications that only mask the underlying causes of DOMS and can lead to further muscle damage (see more about this from Scientific American here). Finally, the mobile massage therapist does it in the most convenient, comfortable, and effective environment possible.

Unfortunately, several studies have concluded there is no effective way to prevent the occurrence of DOMS, but this has been disputed. Some say stretching or cardio exercises have been effective in reducing DOMS, but results vary from person to person.

If you’re injured or in pain, driving around and waiting aren’t part of the solution. You want long term relief and you want it quick. Mobile massage therapy may be just the ticket to keep your summer from being a bummer because of DOMS.

Poolside Massage at Home Communities

Tranquility Massage frequently provides massage therapy at apartment and residential communities throughout Orange County for tenant appreciation and special events. We also provide poolside massage as an amenity for the summer season.  Residents are able to visit with their guests while relaxing by the pool. We can even apply their sunscreen for complete skin coverage. People who may not have had the opportunity to try massage therapy before can experience just how wonderful a professional massage can be.

We provided summer poolside massage services at beautiful communities including Irvine, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, and Newport Coast. The residents thoroughly enjoyed having relaxing massage by the pool without having to travel out of their community. Several residents wanted to extend the experience to friends and family and asked us to come back during the week and after summer to provide in-home massage at their convenience.  The allure of being able to step off the massage table and already be in the comfort of their own home won them over to enjoying in-home massage services on a regular basis.

This year we have several poolside massage sessions set up for the summer.  These events are fun and are a great hit with everyone who participates. If you are having a pool party this summer and want to make it more fun, give our poolside massage therapy services a try.