Therapeutic Massage

Asheville Massage Therapy
Massage therapy comes in many shapes and sizes and includes a wide array of techniques and modalities, but always has your health and well-being in mind. Regardless of your specific goals, we’ll work with you to customize a session to meet your needs. Pressure is always tailored to your level comfort and may be adjusted at any time during your massage.

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage has a long list of health benefits and the list keeps getting longer as research continues. Gone are the days where massage was just an indulgence to pamper oneself for a special occasion. More than half of all people receiving massage therapy in the country do so for specific health reasons, such as pain management and rehabilitation. Some of the current therapeutic benefits of massage include:

  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Circulation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Stronger Immune System


Common Questions

What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage is a fairly broad “umbrella” that encompasses many different techniques and modalities. The primary characteristic of therapeutic massage is that it focuses on achieving specific health benefits. Increased range of motion, improved circulation, and pain relief are just a few of the many benefits associated with therapeutic massage.

Who is therapeutic massage good for?

Essentially everyone. Massage therapy has a long list of potential benefits, which vary depending on the techniques applied. There are some rare instances where massage is not recommended. If you are unsure about whether or not you should receive massage therapy, please contact us or ask your doctor.

Is therapeutic massage the same as deep tissue massage?

Not necessarily. Therapeutic massage could include deep tissue work, but massage doesn’t have to be deep to be therapeutic. Pressure is always tailored to your comfort level and may be adjusted at any time during your session.

How is clinical massage therapy different from therapeutic massage?

Clinical (medical) massage therapy could be considered under the “umbrella” of therapeutic massage. It is most often attempting to address issues with pain, feelings of numbness/tingling, or limited range of motion while therapeutic massage includes other, broader effects like improved circulation and stress relief. Medical massage therapy sessions typically include a combination of myofascial release, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular trigger point therapy, and assisted stretching to achieve results.

How much time should I book?

Recommended session time varies based on your body and goals. 60 minutes is just enough time for most people to receive a full-body massage without any special attention to problem areas. If you would like your therapist to spend extra time on a specific area or if you are more muscular (athletes, etc), 90 minutes is recommended. 120 minutes is recommended for those that have more muscle mass AND specific issues to address.

Session TimeRate
60 minutes$80
90 minutes$115
120 minutes$150

Massage Therapists & Reviews


Therapeutic Massage Articles

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