Massage Therapy Specialist

Avaya Wellness Center

Acupuncturists & Herbalists located in SoMa, San Francisco, CA

Whether you’re sore, stressed, or dealing with chronic pain, massage therapy at Avaya Wellness Center in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, California, can help. Clinic owner Tirtha Mendake, LAc, DC, MS, is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and integrative medicine specialist who provides personalized massage therapy sessions to help you feel your best. Using a variety of techniques for a custom approach, Dr. Mendake and her team offer a solution to your stress and pain. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office today.

Massage Therapy

What conditions can massage therapy help?

Massage therapy can be used to help conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, like:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Trigger points
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle strains

Massage therapy can complement other integrative treatments, such as chiropractic and acupuncture. Dr. Mendake recommends massage therapy for men and women experiencing stress, insomnia, fatigue, and chronic pain in addition to musculoskeletal conditions.


What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Research has shown that massage therapy can be beneficial for a wide array of physical and mental health conditions, including pain, depression, and anxiety. It can be used alongside chemotherapy and radiation to ease physical discomfort and stress associated with cancer treatment.

Some benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Greater relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Increased blood flow
  • Pain relief
  • Greater physical awareness
  • Improved range of motion
  • Decreased muscle tension

At Avaya Wellness Center, Dr. Mendake and the team develop a personalized massage therapy treatment plan to address your specific issues so you can start feeling better as soon as your appointment is over.


What should I expect when getting a massage?

Before your massage, you meet with Dr. Mendake and your massage therapist to discuss your symptoms, areas of pain, and any stressors in your life. Dr. Mendake and your therapist work together to develop a customized massage for you, focusing on your specific areas of pain or stress.

Once you’re in the treatment room, you undress to your level of comfort — most people remove their outer clothing but remain in their undergarments — and lie on the massage table underneath a blanket or sheet. When you’re ready, your massage therapist enters the room and begins your massage.

Your therapist may apply lotion or oil to your skin to prevent skin irritation during the massage and asks how much pressure you like during your massage. If you’re uncomfortable at any point or want more pressure, let your therapist know, and they can adapt the massage for your comfort.

Once your massage is complete after 30-60 minutes, your massage therapist leaves the room, and you can get dressed. It’s a good idea to drink plenty of water after your session to avoid muscle soreness. Dr. Mendake and your therapist can recommend a series of massages to address your concerns and relieve your symptoms.

To schedule a massage appointment at Avaya Wellness Center, call or book online now.

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