Located near East Ave Wegmans

1344 University Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607, United States

(585) 683-2986

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Massage Therapy by Gloria

Reliable, Consistent, Balanced, & Serene

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Gloria's experience

  • Licensed 9/28/2005
  • Practice est. 2008
  • Served over 1100 people
  • Spa and clinic experience
  • 7 years of continuing education

Session Plan & Communication

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Focus Areas

Before your massage a brief intake will determine the plan for your session, including focusing on any areas that are tense, tight, achy, or sore. Your issues will be prioritized for 5 to 20 minutes in the course of an holistic full body or upper body routine. 

Pressure

If you find the pressure is too much or too little, please inform your massage therapist. 


Sometimes, the pressure may be too much momentarily, then the moment is over before there is a chance to ask for less pressure.


Sometimes, the client experiences a painful area that he/she didn't realize was sore.  


Deeper pressure or painful massage is not more effective! However, the loosening of tight muscles can be uncomfortable but feel better afterward! 


Please, do not hesitate to express how the massage feels so the technique and pressure can be adjusted.  Communication can help improve your satisfaction!  

Feedback

Every massage therapist is different. Unlike some massage therapists, Gloria does not diagnose or find issues.


Your communication is important to Gloria. She has developed intuition from receiving massage, but she relies on your feedback to treat areas of pain or tension. Gloria is not a physician, nor is she psychic. She does not feel what you feel!


Clients often ask if they are tight or have knots. Massage Therapists may exaggerate, but they generally do not find things outside the norm. Bodies, with skin, adipose, and muscle tissue, range from flaccid to hypertonic. 


Therapists may feel differences in the texture of the tissues from one side to another. They may feel the tissues become more pliable after being massaged. They palpate, or feel with fingertips, a spot or area that is fibrous, tight, or hard. 


Knots are layman's terms for tight muscles and micro-adhesions in the fascia, a matrix of connective tissue, and/or muscle fibers that stick together. The tightening of muscles and fascia may cause pain. Conversely, flaccid muscles contribute to posture and mechanics that cause opposing muscles to become tight. 


Muscles have mass however, and depending on their strength, muscles are not necessarily hypertonic or irritated. 


The qualities of muscles are peculiar and so is the art of massage!


Scars and lipomas, on the other hand, are common, but usually clients are aware of these. 


Sometimes, massage makes the client aware of a sore muscle or spot. The therapist may feel fibrous or tight quality but does not feel what you feel. This soreness may be a  trigger point. 


A trigger point is small irritated spot in the tissues that "refers," radiates, or shoots pain. For example, your whole neck and/or shoulder can hurt from one little irritated spot on rhomboid major, the attachment to your scapula. By massaging this spot/area, the rhomboid  is "released," meaning it relaxes. 


Generally, therapists are trained in techniques to work common muscles, combined with intuition developed form receiving massage, therapists stay where work is needed. 

After Your Massage

After a massage, it is common to feel relaxed or sleepy. Drinking water is recommended and beneficial. However, the idea that massage releases toxins into the bloodstream is debunked and outdated. Massage therapy has been compared to a light work-out and can sometimes cause soreness in the following one to two days. After the soreness passes, the client usually feels better for a few days or more.

Icing

If you have received work on an area, then icing may be a good idea. Use an ice pack or a bag of ice wrapped in a thin towel or pillow case. Occasionally, shift the ice pack where it feels soothing, but continue to ice the area until the numbing process occurs, causing the Hunting Response. The increase of circulation to the area will help reduce soreness, especially after a night of rest.

Considerations

Choosing a therapist and modality

Massage Therapists are a network of compassionate individuals who want to help others live healthily and enjoy life! They offer a variety of bodywork. Likewise, the intent of those receiving care may differ. What helps people relax, rejuvenate, and heal varies greatly! 


When choosing a massage therapist for one or more sessions, you hope to satisfy your preferences on several levels, such as scheduling and location convenience, settings and comfort level, price, interpersonal communication, and quality of technique. 


A good massage is worth every penny, especially when considering what you could do with the cost. Restoring your energy can be a sustainable investment, because your refueled energy renews your motivation. The meditative time spent in therapy helps you mentally reorganize your life and prioritize your focus. 


Interacting with a professional assists self-actualization, energizes learning, and influences personal growth. Reducing stress also means decreasing inflammation, therefore, slowing aging, and feeling revitalized in the process!


There are many gifted people and many good choices available! Re-approaching your life with massage therapy is invaluable!

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