COR Massage Therapy Philosophy
Unable to do something you love? Whether you’re unable to sit at work, swim in the pool, swing your golf club, feel stressed at work or can’t do something else you love, it is time to find a solution.
COR Massage Therapy takes a full body approach helping find solutions to many problems preventing many from doing what they love. Our full body integration helps discover the root cause of the injury and identify the source of treatment. This allows us to leave patients feeling better at each treatment. This is the ultimate goal, to make you better. In fact, our President, Dr. John Mullen, DPT, coined our motto “making you better”.
Many people have seen multiple massage therapists and medical professionals, creating skepticism of these claims. Sometimes other treatments provide short-term relief, while others provide no relief. Sometimes people are just given medication, told to rest, or sent straight to surgery! We don’t just turn down the pain signals with electrical stimulation, ice, and pain medications, we unlock the cause of your problem and find the solution!
You should be skeptical when you hear these claims, as talk is cheap. Therefore, world-renowned and International speaker Dr. John, DPT ensures a streamlined and cost-effective treatment approach. “Making you better” isn’t only our motcto, but our philosophy.
**A late cancellation fee of $50 will be applied to massage therapy canceled or changed 24-hours before service date.
How to Schedule Your First Visit and What to Expect
1. Find an open time that works for you and schedule your initial appointment using our Appointment Widget below. You will be asked to create a free account that can be used for all future appointments. You may also call us at (408) 905-6483 to schedule an appointment.
2. Please arrive at your appointment with your intake and waiver paperwork completed. Please complete it online if possible.
3. We will copy your insurance card if you wish to use your insurance for massage. Some insurances cover this service if you want to find out you can contact us at [email protected] or (408) 905-6483.
4. You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the massage therapist.
The therapist will perform a systematic subjective evaluation, conversing on the following topics:
• Your current problems, aches, and pains.
• Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
• How often you feel your discomfort.
• How the discomfort changes during the day.
• If you’ve seen any other medical professionals and your experience with them.
• Your medical history.
• Your goals with massage therapy.
The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
• Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
• Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
• Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
Unlike other facilities, we don’t overly test our patients, especially on their first day, ensuring no soreness or worsening of symptoms.
After this initial evaluation, we start helping you feel better, starting the first day!
• 1 Hour Session: $99
• 1 Hour Session/Month: $94
• 1 Hour Session/Week: $89
• 30 Minute Session: $69
• 30 Minute Session/Month: $64
• 30 Minute Session/Week: $59
• 1 Hour Session/Month COR Member: $84
• 1 Hour Session/Week COR Member: $79
• 30 Minute Session/Month COR Member: $54
• 30 Minute Session/Week COR Member: $49
What Should You Bring to Massage Therapy?
Please bring the following to each visit:
• Comfortable clothes, allowing the therapist to access the area (and surrounding areas) being treated. We suggest a t-shirt and shorts.
For example, if you want to have your knee worked on, it is best to wear or bring shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top or sports bra is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can get to the area and perform a thorough examination. If you’re not sure, please call us and ask.
Location of Massage Therapy at COR
3530 Lochinvar Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95051
Conditions Successfully Treated
• Strain / Sprain
• Tension Headaches
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Herniated Discs
• Instability / Spondyololysis
• Sciatica – Instability
• Impingement Syndrome
• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis / Tear
• Lateral / Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers elbow)
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendon Tear / tendonitis
• Pre or /Post-Surgical Rehab
• Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia
• Balance / Gait Impairments
• Dizziness / Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
• Temporomandibular Joint Point
• Much More!
Our Massage Therapist
Ben graduated from Trinity College in 1999 as a Certified Massage Therapist, and actively worked with several chiropractors over the past 17 years. His extensive work treating joint and muscle pain and injuries have given him expertise in deep tissue therapeutic massage. He is also CAMTC Licensed, an AMTA Member, and CPR First Aid Certified.
His commitment to healing brought Ben to COR. He continued his studies and is certified in Ayurveda body treatments and therapy from the prestigious College of Ayurveda in Nevada City.
Ben is highly qualified in many “modalities” including deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish massage, sports massage, chair massage, shiatsu, reiki-level 3, and kinesiology, Abhyanga Massage, Shiodhara, Svedhana Therapy, and other Ayurveda modalities.
Techniques acquired from practice include clinical therapeutic massage, pressure points, craniosacral massage, cross fiber friction technique, passive stretching, Thai stretching, and prenatal/postnatal massage and Ayurveda treatments such as Abhyanga, Shiordhara, Svendha therapy and many other treatments.
His passion, however, is based on knowing that he can provide quality service to clients who value not just life, but quality life. That’s why he continues to study Ayurveda and other new ways to expand the levels of service he brings to each of his clients.
A no-show or late cancelation fee (less than 24 hours notice before the session) results in a 50% penalty of services rendered.
Helpful Resources and Frequent Questions
Q? Can I go directly to a massage therapist?
A. You can go directly to your California massage therapist.
Q? How long will each treatment last?
A. We offer both 30- and 60-minute sessions. On your first session, please complete ahead of time the paperwork or arrive 10 minutes early.
Q? How many visits will I need?
A. Ahh, the million dollar question. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is highly variable and really depends on your goals and current condition. It is important to take into account that normal tissue healing time is around 6-8 weeks and training effects (physiological change in response to strengthening or stretching exercises) are also 6-8 weeks. These may overlap. You may also want and need a bigger response, depending, again, on your goals. All of these factors must be taken into consideration, and that’s why there isn’t a good one-size-fits-all answer.
For some simple and straightforward conditions, you may only need to work with your massage therapist for 3-4 visits.
If your condition is more complicated, chronic or you have particularly enthusiastic or ambitious goals, then you may expect that your plan of care will take longer. This does not necessarily mean the frequency of visits will remain the same. Your visits may become more spaced out as you become more independent, stronger and are working less on movement and more on strength and endurance.
You and your massage therapist will discuss your individualized plan of care near the end of your first visit. Depending on your goals and injury or issue, your plan of care could look something like this: 2 times per week for the first 2 weeks, once per week for 4 weeks, and once every other week for 4 more weeks (or 2 visits over 4 weeks). This, including the initial visit and evaluation, would total 11 visits.
Q? Why is massage therapy a good choice?
A. More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that massage therapist are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its root cause.
Massage therapists are experts at soft tissue care, the main source of many aches and pains, as well as soreness.
Q? Who pays for treatment?
A. In some cases, health insurance will cover a portion of your treatment, sometimes most of it. When you contact us to schedule your first visit, we will collect your insurance information and call them to get your benefits, so you will know as much as they will tell us about what they will cover.
Q? Is massage therapy painful?
A. For many, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques and correctly identify the root cause of pain. Our goal at COR is pain resolution at each session. Therefore, do not expect pain, but pain relief with COR massage therapy.
Q? What will I have to do after massage therapy?
A. It may be recommended that you continue with home exercises or a gym program. At COR, we offer various programs ranging from one-on-one personal training or boot camp. While we always advocate regular exercise to stay healthy, sometimes it is not necessary for people to continue specific massage therapy exercises to return to normal daily activities. What is best for you will largely depend on your goals. This is for you and for your benefit, after all.
Q? What happens if my problem or pain returns?
A. Sometimes symptoms recur. One of our primary goals is that you don’t re-injure yourself. To prevent recurrence, we teach each patient what to do if the pain reoccurs.
Occasionally an old injury is irritated, what we often refer to as a “flare up”. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine. But we will only know after talking with you.
What Others Have Said About COR:
I stopped by while walking around the kyo-po plaza one day. Their friendly front desk staff was what drew me in to try boot camp at the early hour of 7 am on a Saturday. It's not usual for me to wake up this early on Saturdays. Then I tried personal training for about 3 months and was impressed by the quality of both trainers and the flexibility of their schedule. Now I've finally signed up for 6:30 am boot camp classes which is a major accomplishment for me at this time of day. This is the friendliest, most encouraging gym I have ever experienced. The workouts are fun and make you both sweat and smile throughout the whole hour session. That is saying a lot for someone who formerly avoided gyms and would rather be walking around in nature for exercise and eating good food. By the way, they have that too! Hiking and organized meals builds great community here. I even tried massage once for chronic year-long TMJ pain and it was excellent. I'm still figuring this out so will let you know how regular massages help with my TMJ journey. Thanks for reading!Elaine, Sunnyvale
- I have been a member at COR for over three years. I am grateful I found this group. We are like a big extended family. We often do activities outside of the gym together. Those activities are not just exercising but social as well. We spend a lot of time laughing together. Chris, Mike and John create workouts for all fitness levels so you are always challenging yourself. It always amazes me to see the progress my friends make with their workouts.Tammie, Sunnyvale