Onsite Massage Therapist Joanna Vass

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Joanna Vass is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Orlando area and a graduate of Central Florida School of Massage Therapy. 

 She began studying the human body early on in life, and started to draw the connections between touch and healing.

Joanna began her journey into the wellness industry by becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor which led her to the passionate career of massage therapy. She uses her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, movement, posture and yoga to tailor your massage to your needs.  

She offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Myofascial Release, Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology. 

License #MA77438

Establishment License #MM34709

Massage Pricing:

  

30 min Aroma Therapy - $35

Aromatherapy massage gives you best of both worlds – massage and essential oils. These therapeutic or relaxing massages bring new life to your body

30 min Deep Tissue - $35

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints)

30 min Massage and Cupping - $30

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

30 min Swedish - $30

involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

50 min Aroma Therapy - $55

Aromatherapy massage gives you best of both worlds – massage and essential oils. These therapeutic or relaxing massages bring new life to your body

50 min Bamboo Stick Deep Tissue - $60

Bamboo deep tissue involves the firm pressure of deep tissue with the smooth surface of bamboo sticks. The bamboo is able to loosen up large muscles easily while rhythmically releasing tight, fascial bindings as it slides back and forth across the body.

50 min Deep Tissue - $60

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints)

50 min Massage and Cupping - $50

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

50 min Prenatal Massage - $60

Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).

50 min Shiatsu - $60

Shiatsu, a massage modality from Japan, focuses on slow, deep compressions to the body along the meridians. This massage is done fully clothed on a floor cushion, and involves the use of the massage therapist's hands and feet for optimal release of the body.

50 min Sports Massage - $60

Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.

50 min Swedish - $50

involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

50 min Teen Sports Massage - $40

Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.

50 min Thai Bodywork - $60

Thai Yoga Massage is done fully clothed on a special floor cushion. As you relax, the massage therapist alternates rocking pressure and deep stretches to lengthen and restore.

80 min Aroma Therapy - $80

Aromatherapy massage gives you best of both worlds – massage and essential oils. These therapeutic or relaxing massages bring new life to your body

80 min Bamboo Stick Deep Tissue - $85

Bamboo deep tissue involves the firm pressure of deep tissue with the smooth surface of bamboo sticks. The bamboo is able to loosen up large muscles easily while rhythmically releasing tight, fascial bindings as it slides back and forth across the body.

80 min Deep Tissue - $85

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints)

80 min Massage and Cupping - $75

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

80 min Prenatal Massage - $85

Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).

80 min Shiatsu - $85

Shiatsu, a massage modality from Japan, focuses on slow, deep compressions to the body along the meridians. This massage is done fully clothed on a floor cushion, and involves the use of the massage therapist's hands and feet for optimal release of the body.

80 min Sports Massage - $85

Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.

80 min Swedish - $75

Involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

80 min Thai Bodywork - $85

Thai Yoga Massage is done fully clothed on a special floor cushion. As you relax, the massage therapist alternates rocking pressure and deep stretches to lengthen and restore.

FAQ

1. What happens during a massage therapy treatment?
2. How long is a massage therapy treatment?
3. How much does it cost?
4. Do I have to get undressed?
5. Will I be covered during the treatment?
6. Will I be sore after a massage?
7. Does the massage therapist have to use oil? 
8. I am allergic to aloe, fragrances, etc. Can I still get a massage?
9. Am I allowed to ask questions my therapist for health advice?
10. Can I come get a massage while I am injured?
11. I got into a motor vehicle accident recently, and I heard massage was great for neck pain. Is this true?  
12. I heard massage will make my headaches go away. Is this true?
13. What is swedish massage?
14. What is deep tissue massage?
15. My body is just sore. Is deep tissue better for me than swedish massage?
16. What is sports massage?
17. What if I do not play a sport? Is this massage still beneficial for me?
18. Is there any else I should know before I come in for my massage?

 

Massage Therapy and Benefits

Massage therapy uses the art of touch to promote healing in the body through lengthening and stretching soft tissue and inducing relaxation in the body. It a common component of rehabilitation, stress management and general physical upkeep of the body. It has shown positive changes in sufferers of arthritis, bursitis, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, immune suppression and countless other illnesses.

Some of the physical and mental benefits of massage:

  • stress reduction
  • decreased blood pressure
  • decreased pain from postural issues
  • decreased tension headaches
  • increased red and white blood cell count
  • increased circulation
  • increased metabolic waste removal
  • assist in lymphatic drainage
  • promote immune system health
  • decrease muscular tension
  • increase range of motion in joints
  • decrease muscle soreness
  • decrease pain
  • help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • improve scar tissue formation
  • assist in the treatment of tendonitis
  • increase serotonin and dopamine levels
  • improve sleep
  • may reduce cortisol levels

 

FAQs

(for any additional info please call 407-777-3886 or email massage@eycyoga.com)

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1. What happens during a massage therapy treatment?
During a massage, you will lie on a large, comfortable, padded massage table. You will be undressed to the level of your comfort, and you will be covered by a sheet. Your massage therapist will perform different massage strokes and modalities on the parts of your body that you want worked on. You will lay on your front, back and/or side based on your individual needs for the treatment session.

2. How long is a massage therapy treatment?
When you make your appointment, you will choose how long your session will be. You have the option of 30 minutes, 50 minutes or 80 minutes.

3. How much does it cost?
There are standard amounts for each type and length of session. Please see our Prices page for specific prices or check out our newsletter for current specials at Elevate Yoga Center.

4. Do I have to get undressed?
You only have to undress to the level of your comfort. That means that if you would prefer to remain full clothed it is completely up to you. However, certain treatments require the massage therapist to work directly on top of the skin, and you will be limited to treatments that are able to be performed on top of clothing.

5. Will I be covered during the treatment?
You will be fully draped at all times except for the part of your body that the massage therapist is working on. Draping the client’s body during a massage is required by Florida Law. Extra sheets, blankets and more modest draping procedures are possible if you are uncomfortable at any time.

6. Will I be sore after a massage?
You may experience some tenderness if your treatment requires the therapist to work deep into the muscle tissue or with greater pressure. It is imperative that you let your massage therapist know IMMEDIATELY DURING your treatment if pressure becomes uncomfortable as to prevent any discomfort in the body after your treatment that could come from too much force being exerted on your body.

7. Does the massage therapist have to use oil? 
I need to go to work, run errands, etc. after my massage, and I do not want to be sticky.
You will have different lubricants to choose from. If you are unsure which one is best for you, just ask your therapist for suggestions.

8. I am allergic to aloe, fragrances, etc. Can I still get a massage?
If you are allergic to anything that can be topically applied to the skin, let the receptionist know when you schedule your appointment so that your massage therapist will have a hypoallergenic lotion available for you. All sheets, towels and blankets are washed in dye and fragrance free detergent with chlorine free bleach.

9. Am I allowed to ask questions my therapist for health advice?
Licensed Massage Therapists in the state of Florida are not allowed to diagnose or prescribe conditions, ailments, illnesses or injury. However, your therapist can suggest other health care practitioners that are capable of meeting those needs.

10. Can I come get a massage while I am injured?
If you have an injury, you will be asked to bring a note from doctor clearing you for massage therapy to ensure that the therapist does not perform any techniques that could exacerbate your injury.

11. I got into a motor vehicle accident recently, and I heard massage was great for neck pain. Is this true? If you have recently been in a motor vehicle accident and you are experiencing any kind of discomfort, it is IMPORTANT that you see a physician as soon as possible to assess for injury or internal complications. The massage therapist at Elevate Yoga Center will under no circumstances treat you for discomfort arising from a motor vehicle accident unless you have a note from your doctor clearing you for treatment.

12. I heard massage will make my headaches go away. Is this true?
Headaches are a common reason that cause people to seek out massage therapy. While there are many different types of headaches, those arising from hypertonic muscles can be reduced by massage therapy, how well the treatment works for you will depend on the cause of your headaches.

13. What is swedish massage?
Swedish massage is the modality that most frequently comes to mind when you hear the word “massage”. It is a series of gliding, kneading and compressing strokes designed to elongate the muscles while promoting relaxation through the entire body.

14. What is deep tissue massage?
Deep Tissue is a specific form of massage therapy designed to lengthen deeper muscle tissue in the body, break up adhesion's (places where muscle fibers and fascia have become stuck or adhered together, preventing full range of movement) and locate trigger points (tight bands of muscle tissue that cause pain to radiate to other parts of the body) in an effort to relax them. Deep Tissue is NOT a Swedish massage with increased pressure. It is performed in an effort to aid and relieve specific discomfort in the body.

15. My body is just sore. Is deep tissue better for me than swedish massage?
If you experiencing general all over soreness from intense exercise or from long hours in the car or office, a deep tissue massage may not be necessary to achieve the comfort you are looking for. However, if you are experiencing longterm discomfort in a specific area of the body to which swedish massage has not helped, deep tissue may be right for you.

16. What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a more vigorous form of massage therapy designed to increase flexibility, lengthen the muscles and decrease rigidity in the body using a series of different massage strokes and manual stretching of the limbs, neck and torso.

17. What if I do not play a sport? Is this massage still beneficial for me?
You do not need to play a sport for Sports massage to be beneficial for you. If you have general soreness from muscle stiffness that is decreasing your range of motion, Sports massage may have a more tactical approach to lessening your discomfort.

18. Is there any else I should know before I come in for my massage?
Please, arrive at Elevate Yoga Center 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out any necessary paper work. Make sure that before you have entered the treatment room, you silence your cellphone and use the restroom.The most important aspect of a massage therapy session is that you come ready to relax and unwind. For this to happen, it is best that you create some time in your schedule for after your massage to enjoy its relaxing effects. If you have any other specific questions for the massage therapist, feel free to call Elevate Yoga Center and request that your massage therapist call you.


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