I caught up with Michael Savino a licensed Massage/ Bodywork Therapist with twenty five years of experience under his belt. Michael travels for out calls with clients but, has offices in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill – North Carolina. With all the muscle spasms I’ve been experiencing lately, this interview was right on schedule. So I decided to dive right in with the questions…
Jen: Where is the best place to receive a massage? I’ve received massages on the massage chair and on a massage table. Which one is better and why?
Michael: The best place for a full body massage is on the table. When you are in the chair, the massage is a bit limited especially the arms and back. You can massage the neck and shoulders very well in a massage chair.
Jen: How long is a massage generally supposed to last?
Michael: A massage should typically last at least an hour to an hour and a half.
Jen: What types of massages do you perform?
Michael: I perform shiatsu (pressure points, done on the floor), Deep Tissue, Hot Stone Massages, Reflexology (working with feet), and Swedish (long strokes, kneading the muscles).
Jen: What are the benefits of getting massages?
Michael: There are tons of benefits, range of motion, circulation, releasing toxins, lymphatic drainage, swelling relaxation, injury longevity (live longer). If you’re pregnant certain pressure points can induce labor. Massages can counteract depression. Being touched makes people feel good emotionally, helping with self-esteem and body image. If you don’t exercise, I suggest getting massages. Involuntary exercise can help with weight loss. Your muscles tend to get tight in the winter.
Jen: How often should you receive a massage?
Michael: I suggest every other week and if you can’t do that then at least monthly maintenance.
I plan to start receiving monthly massages to help with my muscle spasms and since I don’t exercise often, I’ll be exercising involuntarily.
This was a great interview, I received great information and intent on starting to receive monthly (1 hr.) massages for maintenance. If you are in the North Carolina Triangle area and are looking for a Massage Therapist, I personally recommend Michael Savino. He’s licensed (LMBT #00703) and gives great massages. Michael comes into my office on a monthly basis and gives the staff mini 15 minute massages to break us away from our hectic day, so we can experience a few moments of relaxation. Give him a call he’s awesome (919) 428-3398