What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapist use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on specific muscles using oil or lotion. Massage therapy is used to relax a person or relieve muscle pain.
How does Massage Therapy work?
Massage therapy improves circulation by bring oxygen and other nutrient to the body tissues. It relieves muscles tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility. It also helps to clear lactic acid and other waste. This reduces pain and stiffness in muscle and joints.
Why do people get a Massage Therapist?
People get massage therapy for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions.
• Back pain
• Muscle aches and tension
• Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
• Relieves headaches
• Circulatory and respiratory problems
It relieves stress and is thought to lowers hormones such as cortisol. Massage Therapy also appears to enhance immune function.
What is a typical Massage Therapy session is like?
A typical massage therapy session is between 30 to 90 minutes long. The Massage Therapist will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. The therapist will explain to what to do and ask you if you have any questions. When the therapist leaves the room you get undressed and get under the sheets on the massage table. You are always covered by a sheet and the only part of your body that is being treated at any one time is uncovered. The therapist will knock on the door before entering the therapy room. After the therapist enters the room, they will adjust the face rest, bolster and ask if you are comfortable. Tell the therapist if you are too warm or cold. The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. After the massage, the therapist leaves the room so you can get changed. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
Will massage hurt?
A massage should not hurt at any time with the exception of knots and severe muscle tension. These may cause a slight achy feeling. If at any point your therapist’s pressure is too much please tell them right away.
How will I feel after the Massage?
You should feel calm and relaxed. Sometimes people feel a little sleepy afterward.
- Use the rest room before you get on the table
- Have a light meal right before your session
- If its your first time come ten minutes early so you have plenty of time to fill out paperwork
- Do not be afraid to ask questions at any point and time
- YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE MASSAGE. IF AT ANY POINT YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU CAN STOP THE MASSAGE AT ANY TIME.