Frequently Asked Questions about Massage
This is my 1st Massage Ever! What should I expect?
Before you receive your session, it is a good idea not to eat any large or heavy meals, sugar, caffeine, or other stimulants. You may also want to shower or bathe directly before your session, not only out of courtesy to your therapist, but also to help start loosening any tight muscles you might have.
Before your session begins your therapist may ask you some questions regarding your medical history, physical condition, life-style, etc. Your therapist may assess any problem areas by observing your posture, checking for restricted or painful movement and gently pressing for tender areas.
Your session will be administered in a comfortable and private environment. Be sure to turn the phone off. This time belongs to you and nobody else. Your therapist may ask you to disrobe in private and get under the sheet. Most people do not where anything, but it is whatever you are most comfortable with. You will be draped properly and covered by the sheet at all times. All you have to do is lay there, clear your mind, and let the therapist do all the work. Enjoy!
What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
In a general Swedish massage, your session will be consisted of broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Everyone has their on preference of pressure; some like deep pressure while others may like a lighter touch. If the muscles are tight or injured it may be a little tender due to waste products built up in the muscle tissue. The massage session should be pain free, but if you feel any type of discomfort, you should communicate immediately so that another approach can be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
What to expect during an orthopedic massage or sports massage
In an orthopedic massage or a sports massage there will be a lot of stretching and assessments to determine which muscles are tight and which are weak. The massage is usually performed with the client in shorts or easily assessable athletic attire. It is slightly different than the Swedish Massage in that there will be a lot of participation from the client, but is extremely affected in treating soft tissue injuries.
How long will an Orthopedic Massage last?
An orthopedic massage will last 45min.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most massage and bodywork technique are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. What to wear is entirely up to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. However, an orthopedic or a sports massage is usually performed with the client in shorts or easily assessable athletic attire.
What Should I Do During a Massage or Bodywork Session?
Nothing! This is your time to relax and feel the stress melt away. Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner may gently move you or tell you what is needed during the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Many often fall asleep during a massage session.
How Will I Feel After the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed and in a state of euphoria. 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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Drinking plenty of water will rid the body of the toxins so that you will not be soar the next day.
How Often Should I Receive a Massage?
The soft tissue injury that you are experiencing now may be the result of an injury that has happened many years ago. Everything in the body is connected. Muscles have a tendency to fight over joints. It may take more than one session to reprogram the muscle(s) to return to its normal resting length, especially if you keep putting off your muscle pain. For one to truly get out of muscle pain the therapist must treat the source of the pain that is causing the muscle imbalance. So depending on the injury the therapist will determine how often to receive a massage in order to reach its full benefits. Normally a recommendation of once a week starting out, you will then notice some progress made. Then once every two weeks is recommended, then once every three weeks until the injury is finally healed. It is always recommended to receive a maintenance massage at least once a month to prevent any further injuries. A massage will get you closer to living a pain free life but you must do your homework to retrain your muscles so that you want fall back into the same old pattern that caused pain.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork Inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you and your therapist discuss all general health questions. It is very important that you inform the 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.
Can I Receive a Massage While I’m Pregnant?
Yes, we do offer prenatal massage. Among some of the myths and old wives' tales surrounding prenatal massage is the misguided belief that massage should be avoided during the first trimester. It's fair to say that under skilled hands massage during the first trimester is not only safe, but can be especially supportive during the transitional first months.