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1500 Central Avenue

Albany, NY  12205

518-464-4480

Thank you for choosing Albany Massage Professionals.  

To provide the very best treatment and to maximize your massage experience, please click here or on the Health Intake form link to the right. Print out and complete the form and bring it to your initial visit.

Please fill in all of the information to the best of your knowledge so that our therapists can provide the best care possible.

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Our licensed massage therapists will take time to listen to your concerns and expectations to help reach your goals and needs - whether they are pain management or relaxation.

Each therapist will do a thorough assessment of your health history and body to determine the best course of treatment to help reach your goals.  

After each session, we provide recommendations and exercises to help empower and aid you in the self care process.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT

Frequently Asked Questions

What is massage therapy?


It is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the soft tissues and energy systems of the body.  Massage can be applied to parts of the body or the whole body, to aid the process of injury healing, relieves psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation.  When massage is used for its physiological, mental, and mechanical benefits, it is termed “therapeutic massage.”  This combination of science and art provides a relaxing experience by artistic hand strokes on the body to rejuvenate the mind and body.  It is a widely accepted part of many cultures, and is sometimes referred to as “Bodywork.”  New York State requires Massage Therapists to be licensed.


How do I dress for a massage?


Depending on the type of massage, clients either undress to their level of comfort or can remain fully clothed during a session. The client’s privacy is always respected.


How will a massage feel?


It will depend on the techniques used by the therapist.  Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners.  In a general Swedish massage, the session will typically may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax any exterior muscle tension.  As your body becomes more relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax other specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.  A light oil or lotion is often used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.  You should not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the therapist can alter his/her approach or use another technique.


How will I feel after the massage therapy?


Most people feel very relaxed.  Some will experience freedom from long term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.  After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for several days.  Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.  


Are there different types of Massage Therapy/Bodywork?


Yes, some modalities include Deep tissue manipulation, Swedish/therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Shiatsu, and various forms of energetic techniques.


What are some benefits of receiving regular massage therapy?


- Helps relieve stress/anxiety and aids relaxation

- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids

- Relaxes and softens overused or injured muscles

- Increases joint flexibility and range of motion

- Promotes deeper and easier breathing

- Strengthens the immune system

- Increases awareness of the mind-body connection


What specific conditions can benefit from massage?


-Tension and/or Migraine headaches

-Chronic muscle pain Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

-Low back pain

-Sciatica

-Whiplash

-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

-TMJ pain and dysfunction

-Rotator Cuff Injuries

-High Blood Pressure   Nervous tension

-Anxiety Disorders