Where do we start? Of course there’s the wonderfully relaxed feeling you get from a good massage, but there are also a number of medically proven benefits you should know about. These are just a few…
- Improves the immune system response
- Decreases chronic and acute pain
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller and mood enhancer
- Improves muscle tone
- Aids in the removal of metabolic waste and Cortisol, a stress hormone
- Lowers blood pressure
- Promotes tissue regeneration, reduces scar tissue and stretch marks
- Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
- Increases flexibility and range of motion in muscles and joints
- Lessens depression and anxiety
- Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers
Your massage therapist will welcome you into the studio and go through a client registration form and health history with you. This information is kept strictly confidential. During this time we will determine the intention of this massage session and prepare a treatment plan consistent with your specific needs. Your therapist will then leave the room while you undress and get under the sheets on the treatment table. If your hair is long you may want to pin it up, and any jewelry should be removed. Your modesty will be protected throughout the treatment, as we will only ever undrape the part of the body being worked on at that time. You are welcome to give feed back to the therapist before or during the treatment about pressure preference or areas you would like to focus on. If any technique is painful or unpleasant, or if there’s anything we can do to make you more comfortable, please let your therapist know immediately. Communication is essential!
The way a massage feels can vary greatly depending on the client’s preferences and the techniques used by the therapist. We are happy to work as lightly or as deeply as you feel is beneficial. Generally your therapist will start with broad, flowing strokes or static deep compression, to help calm your nervous system and warm your tissues. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually increase to relieve specific areas of pain and muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is usually used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. If we are doing a myofascial treatment, there may be no lubrication used so that we may deepen the work and address the target tissue. Please feel free to give feedback or ask questions during your treatment. Always mention if you feel any discomfort so we may use another approach or technique that will better serve you.
When you receive a massage, your body’s muscles may respond as if they were just doing a strenuous work out for the last hour. People who receive massage less often are more likely to experience this feeling than those who are on a regular massage schedule. The more you come the more pleasant the experience and the better the benefit. When your therapist releases areas of tension or spasm they direct blood to the injured tissues which can cause temporary inflammation to occur and toxins to be released into the blood stream. Because of this response you may experience delayed onset muscle soreness for 24-48 hours. If soreness persists for more than 48 hours please contact your doctor and let your massage therapist know right away. To minimize discomfort and maximize the benefits of the massage please drink plenty of water after your massage, and avoid alcohol or cigarettes. You may also want to do some light exercise or stretching, or take a warm bath.
Sometimes after a massage session some people may feel emotional. Your body has memories and we store many emotions within our tissues and these emotions can be released during and after a massage, especially if you have been under a lot of stress or are dealing with chronic pain. This is completely normal and you should allow these emotions to surface during or after the massage. Embrace them.