What is Massage, How Does it Benefit Me, & What Should I Expect from My Session?
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is defined as the manipulation of the body’s tissues including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically oriented health care option that helps alleviate discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stress, muscular overuse, and chronic pain conditions. It is an ancient practice with research dating back thousands of years from all over the world, including China, India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. There are several different techniques or modalities of massage, each approaching the therapeutic process from a different perspective. Swedish massage consists of long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping, and is the foundation for several modalities. In my practice, I combine various modalities to develop a customized approach for each session that best addresses the issues presented.
How Does Massage Therapy Benefit me?
While modern research is ongoing in the field of massage therapy, it is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. While modern research is ongoing, studies confirm what ancient practitioners have known: massage therapy can assist in reducing anxiety, stress, depression, blood pressure, heart rate, chronic muscular pain, headaches, insomnia, symptoms of TMJ, and improving circulation, digestion, and the immune system. If you are currently experiencing any ongoing or severe medical issue, it may be required that you obtain a medical release from your doctor prior to receiving massage as a therapy.
How Should I Prepare for my Massage Session?
The first step to take to prepare for your session is to make sure that you call in advance to book your appointment. Calling ahead will help ensure that your session can be booked at a time desired. When you call in, it is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the session to help put your mind at ease before you arrive.
It is recommended that you have a hot shower prior to the appointment to help prepare your muscles for the massage. It is best if you wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, and shoes that offer good support. Dressing comfortably not only helps you to undress and dress easily, but it will assist you when you are leaving. Having had bodywork done, wearing restrictive clothing or shoes can cause you pain or discomfort. You will be requested to remove all jewelry for the session. Space will be provided for storing your belongings, but please leave anything at home that you do not wish to remove in the massage room.
If you have long hair, please have your hair pulled up. Do not consume alcohol prior to the appointment. When receiving a massage, your circulation is increased, which may cause the alcohol to move through your system more quickly giving you a sudden hangover or possibly even cause you to vomit. Plan to arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early to complete your intake process.
How Should I Expect my Massage Session to go?
On the day of your appointment, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete your intake process. You will be provided forms to complete with your contact information, and medical history, as well as to request any focus areas for the massage.
Once the intake forms are complete, we will discuss them along with a quick observation reviewing your areas of concern. We will also discuss whether you would like any add-on services such as aromatherapy, hot towels, hot stones, etc., that are included in the massage price. You will then be taken back to the room for your massage. In my personal practice draping is required. You will be asked to undress to your comfort and to lie down on the table under the top-sheet. I will leave the room, allowing you to change in privacy. There will be space provided for you to store your belongings.
After you have finished changing and are on the table under the top sheet, I will enter the room to perform the massage. Music will be playing in the room unless you request it be turned off. Please feel free to communicate with me during the session if you have any questions, or something causes discomfort. I will also check in with you periodically during the session.
Once the treatment is completed, I will leave the room, to allow you time to dress. I will return to the room so we can have a quick discussion about the completed session and plan moving forward.
What Should I do After my Massage Session?
After your session, please take your time leaving the practice, especially if you are driving yourself. Feel free to sit in the lobby or take a few minutes to sit in the car before putting it into gear. After being in such a relaxed state, it may take a couple of minutes to get your bearings back. Drink some water, and avoid anything with caffeine or alcohol for the rest of the day, as they promote dehydration. If you plan on eating, have something light. Avoid exercise or any strenuous activity. I may provide some specific post-treatment recommendations, such as taking a warm bath with epsom salts or icing a specific area, that should help extend the benefits of the massage and hopefully reduce any soreness. A massage can be a workout for your muscles, so it is sometimes common to feel sore after the massage, even during the following day. If you have any question or concerns after your massage, please don't hesitate to call.
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