Right as Rain Massage

Therapeutic Massage for Pain Relief



Chanhassen and Eden Prairie Offices

If you need lasting pain relief, you need therapeutic massage from Right as Rain. We practice custom combinations of the techniques described below. They alone or in conjunction with chiropractic care, physical therapy and other rehabilitative therapies are highly successful in treating pain and dysfunction. Your first appointment includes a thorough health-history intake to ensure the right treatment for you.

What is Therapeutic Massage? 

Therapeutic massage is a combination of the following treatments:*

Deep Tissue Massage - Deeper and slower pressure designed to make real change in muscle tension, length and health. Pressure levels vary. Recommended for chronic areas of pain and dysfunction.

Trigger Point Therapy - Focused treatment to areas causing and dispersing specific pain and other sensation. Recommended for acute and intermittent areas of pain such as headaches.

Myofascial Release - Gentle stretching of fascia to separate and release adhesions with muscle fibers. Typically used for areas of scar tissue, suspected restriction or excess pain sensitivity.

Additional techniques used by Right as Rain:

Active Release Technique - Treatment that involves impinging a muscle while contracting it. Helps to strengthen muscles weakened by trigger points. May also break the cycle of contracture and improve range of motion.  Typically used for frozen shoulder syndrome.

Resistance Stretching - ART plus resistance to the contracting muscle with a stripping glide and eccentric stretch.  Promotes more muscle fiber recruitment and neuromuscular engagement. That in turn improves range of motion by increasing tolerance to stretching.

*A health-history intake will be conducted at your first session.  The therapist will determine which techniques are right for you at that time.

Specialized Massage

TMJ Massage - 30 minutes of gloved intraoral and extraoral work to target key muscles that power the jaw followed by 30 minutes of neck and shoulder massage. May help with clicking and popping but mainly effective for headaches and jaw pain due to clenching teeth, grinding teeth and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Prenatal Massage - Slow and careful pressure designed to circulate fluids while relieving strained muscles throughout the body. Side-lying is used with pillows between knees at 12+ weeks gestation instead of lying in a face-down position. While lying on your side, your back, hips and legs can be reached for therapeutic work. If you are able to lie face-up, regular neck and shoulder work can be done in addition to arms and feet. Your comfort and safety are paramount and open communication is encouraged.

Psoas Release - The psoas muscle is a critical core hip flexor that can be intimately involved with low back and hip pain. This technique combines active release with a myofascial stretch to effectively relax this hard-to-reach muscle. 

This work is indicated in cases involving glute dysfunction such as sciatica and SI joint displacement because glutes are extensors (the opposite of the flexors). Sitting for long periods of time (shortening) or over using the psoas by running or biking can cause trigger points to develop in these bilateral muscles. Referred pain typically goes to the low back or thigh.

Headache Protocol - 60 minutes of therapeutic massage geared toward relieving common types of headaches and migraines:

  • Myofascial Release - pre-loosens fascia surrounding SCMs
  • SCMs - trigger-point therapy to the sternocleidomastoid muscles which commonly cause headaches via referral
  • Face massage - specific points near eyes and forehead
  • Scalp massage - to temporalis muscles and parietal bones
  • Jaw - intra-oral and extra-oral options reaching common headache triggering muscles and also trigeminal nerves
  • Ear massage - gentle pulls to stimulate vagus nerves
  • Cervicals - massage throughout the neck region as tight cervicals commonly contribute to cervicogenic headaches
  • Optional peppermint essential oil - headache reliever


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