What Is Massage?

Massage is a technique that just plain feels good! But it can also be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. 

By: Mayo Clinic Staff

What is Massage?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It can range from light stroking to very deep pressure.

Massage is generally considered part of alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found that massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know that you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Risks of Massage

Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication

  • Burns or healing wounds

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Fractures

  • Severe osteoporosis

  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up/tell your therapist right away.

Our Process

Preliminary Information

  • You’ll be given an intake form to complete, so we can have all of the pertinent information regarding you and your health.

  • Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and wellness goals.

  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.

  • This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your goals.


  • Before your table massage, you will get dressed or undressed to your comfort level. (The therapist will leave the room while you prepare yourself.)

  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.

  • Call to your therapist when you are ready and they will enter the room. Your table massage now begins.


  • Music or soundscapes will be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session. (If you like to talk during your session, that’s fine. If you’d prefer no talking, just let your therapist know. We’ll follow your lead.)

  • Your massage therapist should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, tell your therapist.


  • If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.

  • If you’re receiving hot stone massage, make sure you’re comfortable with the temperature of the stones.

  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles. (Please arrive clean for your massage.)

  • Remember to breathe normally.

  • Your Table massage will last between 30 and 90 minutes. 

  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. (Your blood pressure may be slightly lower after your massage, so you may feel a little dizzy.)

Tell Your Friends

  • We hope you enjoyed your “first class massage experience”. If so, tell your friends and relatives. We’d love to see them too!

  • If there was something of special interest to you that totally impressed you, please visit our “Contact Us” page. Send us an e-mail to let us know. It motivates us to keep up the good work!

  • If there was something that you noticed that we can improve on, please visit our “Contact Us” page. Send us an e-mail to let us know. We value your input.

Thank you.

our location

Bow Tie Massage

8050 Dexter Road,

Suite #103,

Cordova, TN 38016

Phone. 901-337-1140

Email. Relax@bowtiemassage.com

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