Why Would I Want to Combine a Massage & Yoga Session?
What is the benefit of doing massage & yoga together?
Massage and yoga are two different bodywork modalities that complement one another well. Massage therapy is defined as the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. During yoga asana, you perform certain postures that help with strength, flexibility, detoxification, and mental clarity. While you will be receiving instruction, guidance, and adjustments during your yoga lesson, yoga is an individual active base therapy. Massage is typically an assisted active therapy.
Yoga will help to stretch the muscles with the intention of repairing troubled areas over time. Massage following such a deep stretching and strengthening practice will help to release any lingering tension and activate your muscles for recovery. Both massage and yoga have detoxifying abilities. Yoga helps you to move your body against its habitual patterns creating space for the release of built up toxins and fascia that may be working against your best interest. This is done through movement in the asanas (postures) and the internal heating of the body with the breath. In massage, the therapist helps to improve circulation of both blood and lymph, as well as breaks down trigger points or areas of energy blockage through the kneading, friction, and compressions that are performed on the muscles during massage. The end goal of the two therapies is the same, to promote overall well being and detoxification of the body. Receiving both together can significantly help with the therapeutic process.
How should I prepare for my 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 best that you wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely, such as sweatpants and a t-shirt. Feel free to bring your mat, blocks, bolsters or belts. However, these will be available for your use at the studio. You will be requested to remove all jewelry for the session. A 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 pull your hair 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 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 personal contact information, and medical history, as well as to request any focus areas for the day’s session. 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.
For your first yoga lesson, we will focus on establishing where you are in your practice. Based on our initial discussion and observation of your movement during the practice, we will explore what you would like to achieve from the sessions so that we can plan lessons geared to meet your goals. Your yoga lesson can range from Intro to Ashtanga, a Vinyasa Flow, or even a Restorative Practice geared to assist specific zones of your body. During the lesson, we may schedule time specifically for pranayama (breathing exercises), mindfulness, and meditation practice. This class is for you and will be designed based on your goals, so at any time, please feel free to mention any discomfort or ask any questions, to guarantee that you get the most out of the experience.
Once the yoga lesson has been completed, we will prepare for the massage session. 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 begin 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 massage 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 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. 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 session and hopefully reduce any expected soreness. It is normal to experience some soreness after a yoga lesson, even during the following day. If you have any question or concerns after the session, please feel free to call.
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