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Massage Therapy

Massage – Take Care of Your Mental and Physical Health

Feel good. Relax. Treat yourself. There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to get a massage. 

Massage can promote relaxation, alleviate stress, and energize your senses. It can also relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, and address health conditions. Done regularly, massage can provide immediate and cumulative benefits that will leave you feeling better inside and out.

The Y offers three popular types of massage, each involving different pressures, movements, and technologies:

Swedish Massage

Pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Swedish massage involves addressing the topmost layers of muscles with soft, long kneading strokes along with light, rhythmic tapping. It can be slow with light pressure, or vigorous with greater pressure, depending on your comfort level and needs. In Swedish massage, muscle tissue is warmed up, releasing tension and gradually breaking up uncomfortable “knots.”

Therapeutic Massage

Beyond relaxation, therapeutic massage can help address injuries or long-term or chronic health issues such as headaches or neck pain. It involves greater pressure and cross-fiber friction against the grain of a muscle, tendon, or ligament. You can get therapeutic deep tissue massage, which can be good for stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Or you can get a therapeutic sports massage that can help address injuries or pain from recurrent muscle use or strain. Sometimes therapeutic massage is prescribed as part of a larger therapy program for treating specific issues.

Chair Massage

Chair massage is performed in a specially designed chair that helps people relax in a seated position. The technique focuses on tension areas of the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and hands. Besides relaxing muscles, chair massages can smooth brain activity, increasing concentration, and providing greater mental clarity. 

The Y offers massage therapy at the following branches:

Downtown Denver

25 East 16th Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
Call the Downtown YMCA at 303 861 8300 to make an appointment

Schlessman Family YMCA

3901 E Yale Ave.
Denver 80210
Call Colleen Salgado at 720 524 2764 to make an appointment

Southwest Family YMCA

5181 W. Kenyon Ave.
Denver 80236
Call the Southwest Front Desk at 303 761 7530 to make an appointment

See what regular massage can do for your mental and physical wellbeing. Start feeling better today!