Benefits of Massage
Therapeutic Massage is increasingly being offered alongside traditional Western treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Massage therapists often work as part of a healthcare team to aid post-operative recovery, injury rehabilitation and other ongoing treatments.
Why include massage as part of your wellness routine?
Massage can aid in reducing:
muscle soreness stress
chronic headaches pain
joint stiffness anxiety & depression
Studies have shown that massage can improve:
circulation sleep quality
In addition it has been proven to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and add to your overall wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative before you begin your session that your therapist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform your therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
Must I be completely undressed? You should undress to your level of comfort. Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
Will I be covered during the session?
Only the area being worked on will be exposed. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Every massage is designed around the individual. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders but you are always able to customize the massage to suit your goals. Abdominal massage may also be included upon your request.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Massage should always be within your personal comfort range. You should feel like your muscles are being addressed without causing pain. If you are receiving bodywork to alleviate areas of pain or tension you might feel some discomfort but it should remain at a "good sore" level and never cross over to painful. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting, therefore you should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Often, a light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Your therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.