Ruth MuellerRuth Mueller, owner of Massage to Thrive, is a certified Licensed Massage Therapist and has successfully worked in her field since 2008. She received her excellent massage education from Sage School of Massage and Healing Arts in Bend, Oregon. The holistic education provided over 750 hours of training in Massage Therapy.
She has taken additional continuing education classes in:
- Myoskeletal Alignment, Techniques for Neck, Sciatica, Feet & Leg Pain, from Erik Dalton.
- OsteoKinesis: Pelvis & Lower Extremities
- Effective Treatments for Sciatica
- Assessing and Balancing the Body, Mind and Spirit
- Understanding Sports Massage
- Infant Massage
After filling out some paperwork, we will discuss what massage therapy would best suit you, based on your individual needs. Ruth will describe the flow of the massage to you, so that you get a feeling for how the massage session will go. Please, feel free to talk to her about the massage pressure you like as well as any concerns you might have. Your body will be covered with a sheet throughout the whole massage. The only body parts that will be uncovered will be the body parts that will be worked on.
Throughout the massage, Ruth wants you to be comfortable and she will attempt to minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel during your massage.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance.
-Massage increases your blood circulation throughout the whole body. That is very beneficial because it carries oxygen and nutrition to muscles and tissues and takes away “lactic acid”(by-product of muscle contraction).
-Massage stimulates sensory receptors, which can relax, or stimulate you.
-Massage can influence the endocrine system. It can increase the level of dopamine, increase the level of serotonin and reduces the level of cortisol. (All very important hormones for decreasing anxiety, depression, and stress level).
-Massage affects the muscular and skeletal system. It can improve muscle tone, release pain and relax tight muscle fibers. It can also improve joint movement.
All of our massage therapists are licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.
Tight muscles can pull on vertebrae and cause misalignments in the spine. When joints are not functioning in their optimal position they can cause the muscles to tighten up and create muscle spasms and pain. So, in order to get a long lasting benefit from therapeutic massage, you need to address the underlying structures as well.
For stress relieving purposes and continuing good health we recommend getting a “Swedish Massage” every four to six weeks.
For any sort of pain relieving purposes we recommend a series of up to three massages in a two week period time. You should allow two to three days of rest and healing time between massages.
You may feel rejuvenated, relaxed, or energized. You might have less, or no-pain than before the massage. You will probably feel “looser” in your muscles overall. You may experience more flexibility and increased joint Range of Motion.
But you can also feel sore for the next day or two. Especially after Deep Tissue work. Nevertheless the therapist relieves muscle tightness and lactic acid, which needs to be transported out of your Body through your circulation system. That process can cause soreness in your Body. To help shorten this process, we recommend that you drink plenty of water after your massage. A hot, relaxing bath with Epsom Salts can help you to feel much better soon.