Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Massage Therapy?

    Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with either the hands or specialized instruments for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.

  • What are the benefits of massage therapy?

    Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning. Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

    • reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
    • relief of muscle spasms
    • greater flexibility and range of motion
    • increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
    • relief of stress and aide of relaxation
    • promotion of deeper and easier breathing
    • improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
    • relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
    • promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries
    • reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
    • enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
    • improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
    • reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
    • creation of a feeling of well-being
    • reduction in levels of anxiety
    • increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
    • promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness
  • What is Structural Bodywork?

     

     

     

    Structural Bodywork, also known as Structural Integration and Rolfing, is a type of massage therapy that focuses on the connective tissue, including fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones.  Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity becoming shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and then skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue. Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.

  • Massage Therapy vs Structural  Bodywork?

    An occasional massage therapy session varies greatly from the series of sessions which make up Structural Bodywork. Yes, a Structural Bodywork session will include many different massage therapy techniques, but the session's main focus may not be the particular area FEELING discomfort. Instead, each Structural Bodywork session is planned in advance to elongate certain muscle groups and fascia which are holistically CAUSING the discomfort. The process aids in better posture which in most cases is the cause of discomfort.  Structural Integration is a much longer commitment. Your body did not get this way overnight so you must dedicate more than an hour to restoring better posture. As much as I would LOVE to be able to wave a magic wand and **POOF** have all your discomfort permanently disappear, I have yet to gain access to such a wondrous technique.  In the mean time, I can use massage therapy techniques to aid in this goal!

  • What is fascia?

    Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure existing from head to toe without interruption. In this way, you can begin to see the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, much like the yarn in a sweater.

     

    Trauma, repetative motion, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.

  • Why does Structural Bodywork take so many sessions?

    Structural Bodywork takes several sessions because I do not have magical powers or fairy dust.  It takes YEARS of poor posture, repetative movement, sleep patterns, etc. to bind the soft tissue to the point of discomfort.  It would be unreasonable to expect one 60 minute session to undo YEARS of binding.

  • What is a Postural Assessment?

     

     

    A Postural Assessment is a visual analysis of a client's posture used in order to identify muskuloskeletal issues or misalignment which may be causing the client pain and can be done in both the static and moving state. A postural assessment can tell a trained professional what muscles and bones are aligned and misaligned giving a more complete picture of what postures and movements are causing pain and discomfort.

  • Why are Corrective Exercises helpful with Structural Bodywork?

    It is possible to correct one's posture with Structural Bodywork alone, but with the aid of corrective exercises, the process goes much faster and becomes a more permanent solution because the overworked muscles and soft tissue are being lengthened while the underworked opposition are being tightened and trained to hold the body in a more optimal position.

  • Do you take Insurance?

    No, I do not take insurance at this time. However, many  insurance companies covering massage therapy will accept a receipt.

  • What would prevent a person from receiving a massage?

    There are MANY different reasons, also called contraindications, a person would or should choose to refrain from massage therapy appointment.  If you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

     

    TOTAL CONTRAINDICATIONS

     

    • Fever
    • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
    • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
    • Recent operations or acute injuries
    • Neuritis
    • Skin diseases

     

     

    If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved BEFORE your session IN WRITING by your Physician.

     

    MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS

     

    • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
    • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
    • Oedema
    • Psoriasis or eczem
    • High blood pressure
    • Osteoporosis
    • Cancer
    • Nervous or psychotic conditions
    • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
    • Epilepsy
    • Diabetes
    • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
    • Gynecological infections

     

     

    In addition, I CAN massage but not over any areas affected by:

     

    LOCAL CONTRAINDICATIONS

    -Varicose veins

    -Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

    -Bruising

    -Cuts

    -Abrasions

    -Sunburn

    -Undiagnosed pain

    -Inflammation, including arthritis

     

     

     

     

    Thank you in advance for being a responsible adult.

  •  With what techniques do you have experience?

    • Neuromuscular
    • Myofacial Release
    • Deep Tissue
    • Trigger Point
    • Swedish
    • Sports
    • Pregnancy (Prenatal & Postpartum)
    • Active Assisted Stretching
    • Cranial Sacral
    • Thai & Table Thai
    • Reflexology
    • Lymphatic Drainage
    • Body Wrap Treatments
    • Structural Bodywork

 

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Twisted Flight Fitness

 

1039 S Gutensohn Rd. Suite F

Springdale, AR 72762

(479) 313-5794

twistedflightfitness@gmail.com

 

Twisted Flight Fitness

 

1039 S Gutensohn Rd. Suite F

Springdale, AR 72762

(479) 313-5794

twistedflightfitness@gmail.com