Therapeutic Massage

Pain Relief and Relaxation in Mesa, AZ

Therapeutic Massage is a broad term that generalizes pain relief, relaxation, and general well being. Many techniques may be used including light touch Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue strokes, Trigger Point therapy for pain relief, and other techniques depending on the clients needs and concerns.

At Tara’s Holistic Massage and Skincare, your experienced massage therapist will use the latest techniques to enhance the client’s session experience and overall quality of life.

For your massage, your therapist will first step out of the room and ask you to undress to your comfort level. You will lay in between the top sheet and bottom sheet, and the therapist will knock to ensure you are covered by the sheets before re-entering.

therapeutic massageExperienced massage therapists can agree that taking a shower before a massage is always a good idea. You should rinse off chlorine, perspirations, or other environmental pollutants before your treatment or therapy because you don’t want all of that to be rubbed into your skin, or the therapists skin.


Shaving is not required before a massage treatment or session. Certain products may irritate newly-shaven skin.

Therapeutic Massage is a term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem, such as a pain in the shoulder or neck, frozen shoulder, TMJ, headache, or hip pain.

Most clients tend to assume Therapeutic massage means deep pressure, or that they will get a very strong massage which isn’t always the case.

The term “deep” or “strong” is subjective and can have different meaning to different clients. Your communication with the therapist about comfortable pressure is important as the phrase “No pain, no gain” does not work in a massage session.

Pain during a massage causes the client to hold their breathe or tense up, therefore not allowing the tight muscle to release. Using the correct pressure to the clients preference will be the most beneficial in pain relief and relaxation.

At Tara’s Holistic Massage and Skincare, your therapist is experienced in providing the client’s preferred pressure for maximum benefits and you can go home with the feeling of getting some work done without feeling you got “beat up”.


Your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist might recommend that you receive a therapeutic massage to complement other therapies you’re already receiving to treat a particular area of your body. A massage therapist can work on a number of medical issues that are either chronic (meaning they last a long time) or acute (a medical issue that has happened recently and can be cared for in the near future.)

These issues can include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries from sitting at a computer for several hours a day or guitar playing.
  • Migraines and headaches.
  • Whiplash.
  • Sciatica.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder.
  • Strains and sprains (after inflammation has gone down).
  • Low back pain.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Post-surgical scar tissue (with doctor’s approval).
  • Frozen shoulder.

When you first make your appointment, it’s important to explain to the massage therapist exactly what you need worked on, or explain on the intake form. For example, why did your doctor recommend you have a therapeutic massage? What are the areas of concern, and why or how did it happen?

During your visit, your therapist may have soft lighting and music playing, just like with a Swedish massage. Instead of a whole-body treatment though, a therapeutic massage session tends to focus on your targeted area of pain for a longer duration of time, while full body may be incorporated if the session is long enough (90min to 120min).

How does therapeutic massage is different from a swedish massage?
The massage work in a therapeutic massage may feel deeper than a swedish massage. You also may experience more tenderness as the therapist works through the tissue for 24-48 hours post treatment.

The therapist may use various techniques during your treatment session. Depending on their training, they may incorporate deep-tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, swedish massage, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Ashiastu, Gua Sha, various movement therapies or passive-resistive stretching techniques.

Your massage therapist may also incorporate stretches into the treatment plan. Clients range of motion and comfort level are taken into consideration before stretches are used including knee surgeries, hip surgeries, or injuries.

A focused or full-body Therapeutic massage can help decrease pain and increase your range of motion, make it easier to move and function more normally, and help you heal faster from a variety of medical concerns.

If you have an area of particular concern, such as a tight neck, you can ask your therapist to spend more time in this area. Depending on your preferences, you can ask your massage therapist to use light to deep pressure in a Therapeutic Massage.

During most full-body massages, the expectation is you’ll be undressed. Your massage therapist will ask you to undress for your massage while they wait outside. It’s up to you whether or not to keep your underwear on.

Your massage therapist will drape a sheet over your body. They will pull back and adjust it as they work their way around. You will be covered most of the time.

Unlike Swedish massage, Therapeutic massage therapy uses adjustments of medium pressure strokes on the more delicate parts of the body, and deeper strength strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for pain relief and relaxation.

As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are — or just think you might be — pregnant.

It’s best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.