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Top 5 Reasons to See a Massage Therapist in San Diego

During these uncertain times, self-care is more important than ever.  However, you may be wondering if you should see a massage therapist in San Diego right now.  So here are our Top 5 Reasons to not only see a massage therapist but what the benefits are of choosing Catalyst PT & Wellness for your massage therapy.


1.  We Are a Health Care Facility

As a healthcare facility, we are open and allowed to treat patients indoors.  This includes physical therapy, wellness, and massage.  In addition, we are taking the highest safety measures possible for our patient care.  Read our full update on the recent changes here at Catalyst to help beat COVID-19. 

Here are just a few of the new measures in place for our massage therapists in San Diego:

    • Both the patient and practitioner must wear a mask for the entire massage.
    • Health screenings are conducted prior to each person entering the clinic. 
    • There are no longer patients allowed to wait in the reception area.  At Catalyst, we ask that all clients wait in their cars to be called in by their therapist.
    • Strict cleaning protocol of massage rooms, massage table and linens and any other tools used for massage therapy


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2.  Stress Is At An All-time High

During the COVID-19 pandemic, have you been more stressed or anxious than usual?  If so, you are not alone.  Many of us are stressed about work, finances, family and friend’s health and wellness.  Read more from one of our own massage therapists, Kacey McCoig, on why massage is a great way to lower stress.

Therefore, with all this new stress in our lives, it’s been proven that therapeutic touch can help.  How?  Physical touch significantly reduces emotional and/or physical stress and anxiety.  Here’s a great piece from Harvard Medical School about The Healing Power of Touch. 

No need to read further and ready to book your massage therapy in San Diego?  Great!  Give us a call today, 619-501-2195, or email us.

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3.  New Hobby or Working From Home?

With gyms and fitness studios in San Diego shut-down, have you picked up a new hobby?  Perhaps running or biking to get your fitness on while still maintaining a safe distance from others?  Maybe you have mastered the garage home gym!

Either way, your new exercise routine may be creating pain in your muscles and joints.  Read more from the Cleveland Clinic on delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS and how to tell if it’s a good pain or bad pain.

In addition, if you’re working from home now, you may be spending all day in your flip flops.  Read our last blog on why wearing flip flops all day is bad for your feet.  Coming into our San Diego location for massage therapy can help you relieve the pain.  Furthermore, our massage therapists can help you identify what specifically might be the cause, like wearing flip flops or being barefoot all day long.  See below for more on how our massage therapists work together with our PTs!


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4.  Back to Training?  

Now that sports are coming back online, are you training for an upcoming event?  Whether soccer, tennis, cycling, or a half-marathon, our massage therapists have guided both professional and amateur athletes towards health and wellness.  Read more on how Dr. Kristen Campbell, PT Manager and Director of Massage, worked with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to prepare them for competition.

Through proper timing, technique, and intent during every massage session, our skilled professionals take into consideration your WHOLE training and competition schedule.  We make sure we are helping you recover properly.  Therefore, we get your body ready to achieve your maximum potential in the pool, on the court, track, or trail.


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5.  Our massage therapy team works directly with our physical therapists

Our team of massage therapists in San Diego works closely with our physical therapists, facilitating a collaborative approach to your care.  This multidisciplinary team of specialists learns from each other.  In turn, this allows us to better address your specific needs and diagnose what’s causing your muscle aches and pains.

Constantly experiencing pain while walking or running?  Yes, we can help alleviate muscle soreness.  However, when we work together and combine our knowledge resources, we may discover that this constant pain is not from your workouts.  Sometimes is something more simple.  Perhaps the fact that you wear flip-flops all day.  Especially here in San Diego where flip-flops are the norm, we see this often.  Curious about how wearing flip-flops every day can cause harm?  Read our blog post on flip flops and how they can harm your feet!


Final Thoughts on Getting a Massage

So by now, we hope you have a better understanding of the steps we take here in the clinic to ensure your health and safety.  In addition, if you’re still wondering if you should see a massage therapist in San Diego right now, fill out our contact form.  Give us a call at 619-501-2195.  From our front desk to our massage therapists, everyone is highly trained to assist you in finding the best possible care.  At Catalyst, we excel in combining our services to give you the best experience and get you back to doing what you love.


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