All massages are customized to fit your body's needs! Same day appointments are available Call 208 375-6272 to book you appointment!
All rates are set by Therapists
Introductory Price (First Visit to Each Therapist)
One Hour Massage Session $55
90 Minute Massage Session $75
Two Hour Massage Session $100
Regular Rates (When returning to a therapist you have seen before)
One Hour Massage Session $60
90 Minute Massage Session $85
Two Hour Massage Session $115
Additional services $10 each
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* Our time together is important. Unless there is an emergency we request that you cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend or pay the missed appointment fee in full before making your next appointment. Thank you!
Boise Therapeutic Massage Center is no longer billing insurance for massage therapy. You may request a detailed receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
(We require 24 hr. cancellation for all appointments. Thank you.)
Massage Definitions: (Not all modalities are offered here or by each therapist.)
A very special blend of essential oils mixed into massage cream, oil, or lotion. This can help to reduce stress, stimulate, rejuvenate, all to enhance a persons mood and health. Some oils are more concentrated than others therefore more expensive; ask your therapist about the benefits of each.
Ashiatsu is unlike any deep tissue massage you have ever experienced! The root word 'ashi' means 'foot' and 'atsu' means 'pressure' so together they symbolize 'foot pressure' in a technique that delivers a consistent, deep, luxurious massage. Correct application provides deep relaxation and stimulates the lymphatic system of the body. Bars are used overhead for support and balance.
Chair Massage, see also On Site
Also called on-site and seated massage, chair massage includes techniques that provide fully-clothed seated massage, bodywork and somatic therapies to clients, generally in a corporate or business setting. Practitioners utilize shiatsu, amma and/or Swedish techniques.
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Neuro Muscular Therapist
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., this manual therapy enhances the body's natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth which make up the cranium down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only 5 grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It's often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself
Techniques which utilize deep tissue/deep muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
There are many different forms of energy work such as Japanese Polarity, Therapeutic Touch, Cranial Sacral and Reiki; just to name a few. Any of these forms can promote balance within a person.
Geriatric massage, with its focus on the elderly, addresses the psychological and physiological aspects of aging and its associated diseases. Bodywork, often limited to a shorter time span, is performed in residential care facilities.
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Licensed Massage Therapist
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The strokes applied in manual lymph drainage are intended to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. This is a gentle, rhythmical technique that cleanses the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhances the activity of the immune system, reduces pain, and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. The most widely taught and generally accepted form of this technique was created by Dr. Vodder of Austria and requires advanced training and precise movements.
Performing medical massage requires a firm background in pathology and utilizes specific treatments appropriate to working with disease, pain, and recovery from injury. The therapist may work from a physician's prescription or as an adjunct healer within a hospital or physical therapy setting.
Muscle testing involves finding a muscle that is unbalanced and then attempting to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants, and various reflex procedures. The object is to test the function of a single muscle in the best possible manner.
Myofascial Release, MFR
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.
This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.
One name for a short (15-20 minute) massage of a client sitting in a special portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used while their shoulders, neck, upper back, head and arms are massaged. On-Site is popular at some offices as an employee benefit and for some conferences, workshops, and certain social events.
PNF, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
PNF is a pain free modality used to strengthen weak muscles and increase range of motion. PNF is our tool for communication with the motor cortex and proprioceptors to achieve a desired response in the body.
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body's energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. Developed in the United States in the early 1900s, this technique is used today to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The treatment follows a traditional pattern of hand positions resting on the body without pressure. It adjusts the energy in the body, and works first on the physical body, then on the mental and emotional levels.
A System based on the body's energy meridians. Shiatsu massages are normally done fully clothed and involve pressing points on the body and stretching and opening the energy meridians. Shiatsu is somewhat related to acupuncture, which is a form of anesthesia and therapy used in Chinese hospitals for surgery. Proponents view it as a form of treatment alternative to medicine or surgery.
A massage using many passive joint movements, along with kneading, rolling and some tapping. It is used primarily for the serious athlete who trains continuously. It focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity. It also includes pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, decreases chances of injury and reduces recovery time.
Based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, structural integration is based on the idea the entire structural order of the body needs to be realigned and balanced with the gravitational forces around a central vertical line representing gravity's influence. Therapeutic intervention is directed toward the myofascial system, the ligaments, muscles, tendons, and surrounding connective tissues. A practitioner of structural integration has a 10-session cycle of work, they use different angles and degrees of physical pressure to stretch and guide fascia to a place of easier movement. The process is not intended to cure symptoms; its goal is to create a more resilient, higher-energy system free of inhibitions due to past trauma. See Rolfing.
(Which is a proper name, not a reference to Sweden) refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins (which carry blood back to the heart) both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate. Many believe it is safe to apply light pressure in the opposite direction. Oil or lotions reduce friction. Swedish massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste products, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of their body and the way they use and position it. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves. As it can help reduce emotional and physical stress it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy. It is the most common type of massage.
Trager Psychophysical Integration
(Usually just called Trager) uses light, gentle, non-intrusive movements to facilitate the release of deep-seated physical and mental patterns. Each part of the client's body is moved rhythmically so that the recipient experiences the possibility of moving lightly, effortlessly, and freely on their own. A Trager session should help reduce stress from chronic tension, and also teach more effective ways to recover from stressful situations. It also enhances conscious awareness and flexibility, and improves self-image. A Trager session can bring about the experience of peace and serenity.
Trauma Touch Therapy
Trauma touch therapy (TTT) is a certified program designed to meet the needs of clients with trauma and abuse histories. Therapists encourage empowerment and choice, which assists clients in accessing a bodily experience in a safe, nurturing environment. This work is done on an individual basis and supports the psychotherapeutic process.
Trigger Point Therapy
Pain-relief technique to alleviate muscle spasms and cramping. The therapist locates and deactivates 'trigger points', which are often tender areas where muscles have been damaged or acquired a re-occurring spasm or 'kink' that worsens painfully when aggravated. The major goals are to reduce spasm inducing new blood flow into the affected area. The spasms are partly maintained by nervous system feedback- pain-spasm-pain - cycle. Spasms also physically reduce blood flow to the trigger point area.
What Type of Training is Required?
Currently, massage therapists are not federally regulated. This means every state has its own laws regarding training and education. Generally speaking if your state licenses Massage, then your therapist has had in depth training in Anatomy/Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology and Treatment, Hydrotherapy, Treatment of Injuries, general Swedish Massage techniques and training in various other styles of massage. To obtain a massage license on must then pass a rigorous state exam. All of the therapists contracted with Boise Therapeutic Massage Center are licensed and insured professionals.
Furthermore, most professional therapists will belong to a reputable organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals (AMBP) or the International Massage Association (IMA). Members of these groups uphold the highest standards for professionalism and ethics in the industry.
What Will My Insurance Cover?
Massage is becoming more and more recognized as a valid modality to use in the treatment of soft tissue injury. As this acceptance is broadening, many private insurance companies are including massage and bodywork as covered benefits. You should check with your individual carrier to see if massage is available to you. In most cases a doctor's referral is needed and there must be proof of medical necessity. You may call your insurance provider and verify if massage by a massage therapist is a covered benefit. We are able to provide you with a detailed receipt with the medical billing code needed for reimbursement by your insurance company.
What Should I Do Before My Treatment?
Avoid heavy eating and alcohol consumption prior to massage or body treatment. Please let us know about any preferences regarding (pressure, music, room temperature at the time of your treatment so we may prepare your personalized treatment.
When Should I Arrive?
Please come in 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out an information sheet, this is so we can have time to discuss your needs before the time of treatment.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment?
You will have a few moments to consult with the therapist for areas of concern. You will be left alone to change clothes before and after treatment.
Do I Take My Clothes Off?
For a full body relaxation massage, most people undress completely (underwear is worn at your discretion). Your privacy is respected at all times as you are warmly covered with a clean sheet; only the area being massaged is exposed. Most types of bodywork, including Swedish Massage, incorporate the use of oils to lubricate the skin and allow for easier application of certain strokes. This is best done without clothes worn.
Some clients prefer not to disrobe; we welcome your comfort. If you're more comfortable not disrobing please bring shorts and a comfortable top.
What Should I Do After My Treatment And What Should I Expect?
Please drink lots of water, as it helps flush out any toxins that were released during treatment. Most people feel relaxed and/or refreshed after a massage. Occasionally, some people experience post massage soreness the day after their massage. This is nothing to worry about. Most people feel a great reduction of their original muscle tightness and/or pain after the delayed soreness resolves itself.
In general, massage is a relaxing experience that feels good. In some cases, treatment of a tight muscle or treatment on a painful injury may first cause some discomfort, which will lessen after several minutes. A trained therapist knows that to have the most profound effect-deeper is not always better.
There are several theories, none of them with universal support, about the exact physiological cause of this delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). An old theory suggests that excess lactic acid in the muscles is the cause of this soreness. However, studies conducted by exercise physiologist, Dr. George A. Brooks, have concluded, lactic acid does not cause muscle soreness, fatigue or the burn of intense exercise. Nor does it cause post-massage soreness. While excess lactic acid is typically present in sore muscles, it is not the cause of the soreness itself.
More research must be conducted before the exact mechanisms can be determined, but it is most commonly believed that post-massage muscle soreness is due to tight muscles having been stretched and realigned, adhesions and scar tissue having been broken apart so new tissue can form and lay down correctly, and/or deep pressure having been applied to an injured muscles to release spasm. All such procedures help muscles to relax and heal. However, they can also cause soreness the next day. This delayed onset muscle soreness is not unlike what a person experiences after intense exercise.
Any time muscle tenderness occurs, place one cup of Epson salts in hot bath water. Soak for 20 minutes and follow with a cool shower. (this soak/bath is contraindicated for anyone with cardiovascular problem or any other conditions that might respond negatively to forms of heat therapy.)
What Are The Benefits of Massage?
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs including the skin. Massage stimulates the lymph flow, the bodyâ€™s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. It relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles increasing recovery time.
Managing your stress with massage can allow for greater energy and reduction of stress related disorders such as depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, headaches and insomnia. Massage quiets the nervous system and relaxes the mind, which leads to improved emotional and mental health.
Massage improves range and releases endorphins-the body's natural painkillers-and is used in chronic illness, injury and recovery form surgery to control and relieve pain. It relieves pain for migraine suffers and decreases the need for medication.
Please feel free to contact us after your treatment if you have any questions or concerns. We welcome all types of feedback.