At Roy A. Logan, DC Chiropractic Clinic in North Austin, Dr. Logan utilizes massage therapist, Marcia Schoellman to help aid in the healing process. Marcia is a licensed massage therapist who is trained in different advanced techniques including Swedish massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.
About Marcia Schoellman
Marcia graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage in Austin, TX. There she received training in Swedish massage as well as other advanced techniques to help patients with their specific needs. Her philosophy on massage therapy is that it can be used to help anyone, by meeting different needs with the appropriate techniques.
In her free time, Marcia likes to lead an active life style and particularly enjoys running, weight training, yoga, Pilates, and gardening. She grows organic herbs and vegetables and has several fruit trees. She also enjoys cooking, meditation, and most of all –spending quality time with her husband and their dog.
Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Massage therapy and chiropractic care enhance each other’s benefits while working together to facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. Loosening tight muscles and spasms can make the chiropractor’s adjustments easier and more comfortable for the patient. Adjustments can last longer as persistently tight muscles are returned to a healthier tone and no longer contribute to vertebral misalignment. Weakened muscles are stimulated to help support the body, facilitate proper posture, and improve movement patterns. When you address all aspects of your health by combining massage therapy and chiropractic care, you are headed in the right direction for a swift and full recovery, while having the tools to support lifelong health and wellness.
Austin Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can offer relaxation through the use of Swedish massage’s long and flowing strokes designed to soothe the body and mind with a nurturing and healing touch. A range of very light to deep pressure can be used to customize the massage for your comfort. A session with the goal of relaxation can produce benefits such as deeper breathing, decreased anxiety and better sleep. This physical and mental recharge naturally leads to less fatigue and increased vitality. Circulation of blood and lymph is increased by massage, removing waste products from the body and replenishing the body’s tissues with nutrients. Massage can be used in conjunction with weight loss programs as a reward for reaching goals as well as an aide to healthy digestion and metabolism. It is also a great way to relieve inflammation that results from an injury or any type of physical exertion. This helps muscles recover faster while retaining their flexibility.
Massage is very effective for helping with old muscular injuries and the resulting chronic pain. Active and latent trigger points can be addressed to relieve nagging pains, while any restrictions or adhesions that contribute to stiffness, discomfort, and decreased flexibility can be released. In this respect, massage therapy can be a natural alternative to medications for pain and inflammation. Posture can be improved by releasing and lengthening tight, shortened muscles that make maintaining proper posture difficult and even painful. Retraining the body’s soft tissue can take time for chronic problems, but starting a massage regimen to address your individual needs is the first step towards better health, decreased stress, increased flexibility, less pain, and overall improved quality of life.
What to Expect
Many people may not know what to expect when they come in for their first massage. Before the actual massage, the therapist will ask about any problem areas or pain you are experiencing. This assists in creating a plan to address your individual needs. You will be shown to the treatment room, where there is a massage table and indirect lighting to encourage relaxation. You will be shown how to get on the massage table and lay underneath the top sheet, which is usually referred to as a drape. Clean sheets are used for every massage, and additional blankets are available if you become cold. Then you will be given privacy to undress to your level of comfort and get on the table as previously instructed.
Patients are in control of the amount of clothing they feel comfortable removing. Most patients prefer to undress to at least their undergarments to allow access to the back and limbs for Swedish style massage. Patients that would benefit from work in the gluteal area may choose to undress completely, while patients seeking massage for their neck and shoulder area may choose to only remove their shirt. Massage therapy can even be performed while a patient is fully clothed, but this does affect the type of techniques the therapist can use. This can also make accessing and releasing muscles and trigger points difficult. Keep in mind that throughout the massage, you will be kept adequately and comfortably covered by the drape. This means that the therapist will only uncover one area of the body at a time, as they are massaging it.
After the massage you will be given privacy to redress. Drinking water before and after a massage is advised because well hydrated muscles tend to respond better to massage therapy. After your massage you may feel very relaxed, so drinking a cup of water and sitting in the lobby for a few minutes is a good way to revive the mental alertness required for driving. If the massage included any deep work or the release of trigger points, you may feel sore the next day. Ice packs can help, and the sore feeling should diminish.
How to Schedule your Massage
Call us at (512) 215-3256 to schedule your massage in Austin. Please provide any information from your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist that will help Marcia provide the best therapeutic massage for you.