What to Expect

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.

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Give a gift of good health. Show your friends and family that you wish them to join you in your journey to optimal health and better living. Gift certificates 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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