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Federal Way Massage Therapy

We offer massage therapy at Bastron Chiropractic to compliment your chiropractic care.

We offer massage therapy at Bastron Chiropractic to compliment your chiropractic care.

We offer massage therapy at Bastron Chiropractic to compliment your chiropractic care.

Massage therapy is the medical art of using various massage strokes on different parts of the human body to condition it and enhance its healing ability – massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts. Massage therapy is often used for specific reasons, such as relief from pain, stress reduction, or enhancement of athletic performance. It has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, and more. But whether there’s a specific goal or not, massage therapy tends to increase the general health and well-being of the recipient.

What are some of the common styles of massage?

As the profession of massage therapy has grown, and more people are investing time and money in feeling better, many new terms are being used to market massage in Federal Way. As a result, it can be difficult to understand what type of massage is being offered.

To try to reduce the confusion, we’ve created two tables that explain various terms. The first table lists commercial names that are often associated with relaxation styles of massage; the second lists names associated with clinical styles. (A style of massage uses a set of specific techniques for a specific outcome. In a typical massage session, a massage therapist often uses more than one style to address different health goals.)

What are relaxation styles?

Relaxation styles of massage offer gentle techniques. The goal, or intention, of relaxation massage is to reduce stress, promote overall wellness, relax muscles, diminish pain, and move body fluids (such as blood) to nourish cells and help remove waste products.

Specific goals for relaxation massage include:

  • Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduction of stress
  • Enhanced sense of well-being
  • Improved mood (reduction in depression, anxiety, and anger)
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Experience of comfort through touch

Style/Commercial names

  • Swedish relaxation
  • Infant massage
  • Pregnancy massage
  • LaStone Therapy
  • Chair massage
  • Geriatric massage
  • Massage for the medically fragile
  • Spa

Common Techniques

  • Addition of hot or cold therapies
  • Static compression
  • Directed breathing
  • Direct pressure/static friction
  • Friction
  • Gliding (light)
  • Hand rolling
  • Holding
  • Kneading
  • Percussion
  • Rocking-jostling
  • Shaking
  • Passive stretching
  • Vibration

What are clinical styles?

Clinical styles of massage differ from relaxation because they focus on therapeutic goals (for example releasing muscle spasms or strengthening or stretching specific muscles affected by an injury). They use more specific manipulation of the muscle and/or surrounding connective tissue and may address other systems in the body such as the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems.

Specific goals for clinical massage include:

  • Reduce pain
  • Release muscle tightness
  • Repair injured tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments
  • Release adhesions
  • Release scar tissue
  • Release nerve compression
  • Greater flexibility and range of motion

Style/Commercial Names

  • Rehabilitative
  • NeuroMuscular therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Myofascial trigger point
  • Structural integration
  • Rolfing
  • Orthopedic massage
  • Post surgical/injury
  • Sports/athletic
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Post surgical

Common Techniques

  • Addition of hot or cold therapies
  • Compression-pumping
  • Static compression
  • Cross fiber friction
  • Direct pressure/Static Friction
  • Gliding-deep
  • Holding MFR
  • Kneading
  • Percussion with stretch
  • Skin rolling
  • Passive stretching
  • Resistive stretching
  • Manual-direct stretching
  • Traction

Will my insurance cover it?

The services of a massage professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Massage services are often covered when provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist. We accept most health insurance plans. Please contact our Federal Way chiropractic office and we’ll be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.


Meet Our Massage Therapist Debra Willems, LMP

Debra Willems

Debra Willems, LMP

Debra Willems was a licensed nurse in Montana for ten years before deciding to become a massage therapist. She graduated from Renton Technical College in 1997 with a massage degree and is not only licensed in Washington State, but is nationally certified. In addition to Swedish Massage, her training has encompassed Trigger Point, Deep Tissue (medical massage), Lymphatic Drainage, Pre and Post Natal, Deep Relaxation, Geriatric Massage, Manual Ligament Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, body wraps, and energy work. Her goal with all her clients is to provide exceptional therapy in conjunction with other health care modalities such as Chiropractic to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore overall balance. She’s a provider for most health insurance plans as well as the Department of Labor and Industries.

Call us today to schedule a massage therapy appointment at our Federal Way chiropractic office. If you’re unable to make your appointment, please provide a minimum 24 hours cancellation notice. Appointments canceled with less than 24 hours notice are charged a $30 cancellation fee.