What to Expect

Therapeutic Massage

All of our massage therapists are excellent, so our schedule tends to get booked up. Please schedule at least 24-48 hours in advance whenever possible, or call us for short-notice appointment requests.

Please click here to move to our scheduling software to request a massage appointment or call us at 360.604.1226.

Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation, or kneading, of the body's soft tissue for the purpose of increasing circulation and promoting relaxation. Receiving therapeutic massage allows for quiet time to focus on yourself and become more connected to your body. Massage Therapy is used for the reduction of stress and pain both mentally and physically and has been shown to boost the immune system as well.

Since most diseases are exacerbated by stress, the relaxation that comes from receiving massage will assist you in achieving and sustaining a healthier mind and body by:

  • alleviating stress
  • relieving muscle aches and pains
  • easing depression and anxiety
  • promoting sleep

At Breathe we offer many types, or modalities, of massage.  Most can be mixed together, so feel free to ask your therapist about incorporating the styles that interest you.

Swedish Massage - Swedish massage is primarily used for relaxation and stress-relief. Cream or oil may be applied to the body using lighter pressure massage techniques known as effleurage and petrissage.

Deep Tissue Massage - Deep Tissue massage is used to relieve pain and/or increase range of motion due to injury or repetitive stress. With this type of work, the massage therapist may use forearms, elbows and/or thumbs to apply firm pressure in order to access the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues in the body. Deep Tissue work can be used in conjunction with Swedish massage or by itself. It is a great modality for targeting specific conditions such a frozen shoulder, tendonitis, sciatica or chronic headache.

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 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.

Craniosacral Therapy - Craniosacral, or CST 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, then directs organic movement and self healing. This therapy is often used in conjunction with another modality, such as Swedish or Deep Tissue, but can also be a purely CST session.

Reiki Energy Therapy - 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.

What Can I Expect During My Therapeutic Massage?
Before your massage, the 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, the massage therapist will leave the room so you may have a few moments to get relaxed on the massage table underneath a sheet and blanket. Only remove the amount of clothing that you are comfortable with before getting on to the massage table. Rest assured knowing that you will remain draped during the session as the therapist will only uncover the area of the body they are working on. We provide space for your personal items and clothing within the massage room.

During the session, the massage therapist will check with you about the pressure of the massage and temperature of the room. Feedback is the key to a perfect therapeutic massage. Feel free to speak up at any time should you need any adjustments. We are here to assist you on your healing journey! 

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.
  • 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. Typically no oils or lotions are used during the massage, and a session lasts for 90 minutes.

Thai massage incorporates elements of deep pressure, assisted stretching, passive range of motion, energy balancing, compression and percussion to stretch and relax the muscles. The practitioner will often apply pressure following energetic pathways in the body. 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. 

Thai massage is especially good for increasing circulation and range of motion, as well as decreasing stress and pain within the body.

Reiki Energy Therapy

"Reiki" (pronounced RAY-key) is the Japanese word meaning "Life Force Energy". The Usui system of Reiki healing applies this energy through gentle touch to support 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 on a massage table. We encourage people to practice awareness of body and mind during Reiki sessions. With keen observation, you may begin to feel sensations of warmth or buzzing along with an experience of deep relaxation and/or mental clarity. 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.

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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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17030 SE 1st Street, Suite 102
Vancouver, WA 98684

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