What to Expect

Therapeutic Massage

All of our massage therapists are excellent, so our schedule tends to get booked up.  Please schedule at least 48 hours in advance whenever possible.

Please click here to move to our scheduling software to request a massage appointment (or call us at 360.604.1226).  To request a same-day massage (or early-the-next-day), please call 360.604.1226.

Massage is a manual manipulation of the body's soft tissue for the purpose of stimulating circulation and promoting relaxation.  It has been used in many world cultures for more than 4,000 years.  Massage allows you a quiet time to focus on yourself and become more connected to your body.

Massage is generally used for the reduction of stress and pain.  It has been shown to boost the immune system as well.

Since most diseases are exacerbated by stress, massage can help you become and stay healthier.

Massage can help with the following:

  • stress reduction
  • muscle aches and pains
  • sleep problems
  • depression
  • immune system function
  • sports conditioning
  • anxiety
  • relaxation

At Breathe we offer many types (or "modalities") of massage.  Most can be mixed together, so feel free to ask your therapist about trying out ones that interest you.

Swedish Massage - Swedish massage is primarily used for relaxation.  Cream or oil may be used with light strokes.  Usually, this is a full body massage.  You may want to have some areas skipped or opt to have the massage therapist work on all of your body.

Deep Tissue Massage - Deep Tissue massage is a goal-oriented massage.  With this type of work, the massage therapist may use his/her forearms, elbows or thumbs to apply pressure.  Deep tissue work can be used in conjunction with Swedish massage to loosen the muscles in a specific area or by itself for a mini-target session.

Thai Massage - Thai Massage is a style of massage developed in Thailand that combines massage with deep pressure, assisted stretching and rhythmic compression to stretch and relax the muscles and to relieve tension.  It is performed on a mat on the floor, and the client wears loose comfortable clothing.  Click here for more information about Thai Massage.

Reiki - Reiki applies a healing energy through very gentle touch and manipulation of the auric field above the body. Reiki supports the entire person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  On a physical level, it relaxes stressed muscles, decreases pain and accelerates healing.  Emotionally, it reduces anxiety and stress and increases a sense of well-being.  Spiritually, clients state they often feel reborn and clearer about their intentions. Click here for more information about Reiki.

Craniosacral - Craniosacral uses a subtle, mindful touch on the different cranial sutures, vertebrae and sacrum. A therapist gently assesses the rhythm at which the cerebral spinal fluid flows. The therapist then directs organic movement and self healing. This is often used in conjunction with another modality, such as Swedish or Deep Tissue, but can be also be done alone.

Shiatsu/Acupressure - Shiatsu is a modality that was developed in Japan, and focuses on applying pressure to specific acupressure points on the body. Shiatsu uses various acupressure points (or "meridians") to restore and balance the body's energy flow, free blocked energy, release tension, and induce relaxation.

What Can I Expect During My Massage?
Before your massage, the massage therapist will gather information about you, such as any allergies, recent surgeries, illnesses or accidents, whether you are pregnant, and what medications you are taking.

After the initial assessment, you will have a few minutes to yourself in the room to get onto the massage table.  The massage therapist will leave the room, so you may have privacy.  At this point, you may get undressed, taking off only the amount of clothing that you are comfortable with.  There will be space provided for your personal items and clothing.

During the session, the massage therapist will check with you about the pressure of the massage.  Feel free to speak up at any time.  You will remain draped during the session, and the therapist will only uncover the body part they are working on.

Communication is key to the perfect massage.  We want you to get the most out of your time with us.

Massage Tipping Tips

We are frequently asked whether it's appropriate or expected to leave a tip for a massage therapist. Here are some handy tips to help you figure out that pesky tipping thing:

  • Tipping is always appreciated, but is neither expected nor required at Breathe.
  • Tipping for massage generally varies by setting - normally tips of 10-20% are expected in spas, but no tips are expected in a doctor or chiropractor's office. Breathe Yoga and Massage doesn't fall very cleanly in either of these categories, so it can be a little confusing.
  • Our massage therapists are very well trained and are therefore paid more than therapists at most of the "membership" massage studios, but tipping is a nice way to recognize an exceptional massage. Scheduling your next appointment and recommending your therapist to a friend are other great ways to show appreciation.
  • The most important thing to know is that coming back more frequently for massage benefits everybody involved. You get the benefit of additional massage, and the therapist gets additional income.
  • In summary – feel free to tip to show appreciation for an exceptional massage, but don't tip so much that you can't afford to come back for more massage. We want to see you come back to take care of yourself - and your therapist!

Thai Massage

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Thai massage is a style of massage that was developed in Thailand and combines massage with assisted stretching. It is performed on a mat on the floor, and the client wears loose, comfortable clothing. No oils or lotions are used during the massage. A session typically lasts for 90 – 120 minutes.

Thai massage incorporates elements of deep pressure, assisted stretching, energy balancing and rhythmic compression to stretch/relax the muscles and relieve tension. Assisted yoga postures are used, with the practitioner assisting the posture to guide the body to move in ways that may be difficult to attain through a normal yoga class.

Is Reiki Energy Work For You?

"Reiki" (pronounced ray-key) is the Japanese word meaning "Life Force Energy".  The Usui system of Reiki healing applies this energy through gentle touch.

Reiki supports the entire person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  On a physical level, it relaxes stressed muscles, decreases pain and accelerates healing.  Emotionally, it reduces anxiety and stress and increases a sense of well-being.  Spiritually, clients state they often feel reborn and clearer about their intentions.

Reiki is a complementary therapy for holistic medicine and is used in many hospitals throughout the country.

Treatments last one hour, with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table.  Expect to feel a sensation of heat or electrical impuse along with deep relaxation.  As always, be sure to provide your therapist with feedback to ensure you receive the best treatment for you.

Appointments are required for reiki.  Please click here to move to our new scheduling software to request a reiki appointment (or call us at 360.604.1226).  To request a same-day session (or early-the-next-day), please call 360.604.1226.

Gift Certificates Make Great Holiday Gifts

Give the gift of good health and relaxation. Show your friends and family that you wish them to join you in your journey to optimal health and better living. Gift certificates are available for therapeutic massage and classes! You can purchase a gift certificate online that you can print out or have emailed.

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Breathe Yoga and Massage
17030 SE 1st Street, Suite 102
Vancouver, WA 98684

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