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Common and wonderful things that massage may do:
Lowers stress levels
Reduces pain and the need for expensive pain medication
Calms the nervous system
Increases circulation of blood
Speeds pre/post surgical recovery times
Relaxes injured and overused muscles
Increases awareness and concentration
Reduces spasms and cramping
Increases joint flexibility and range of motion
Improves energy flow within the human body
Stimulates flow of lymph: the body’s natural defense system
Relieves pain for migraine sufferers
Decreases complications from adhesions and edema
What To Expect:
Your session will take place in my comfortable, quiet office. The entire session will be about keeping you comfortable and staying within your pain tolerances. You can determine if you would like soft music or any essential oils. You will lie on a table especially designed for massage therapy with proper linens, bolsters, pillows and blankets.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
With the exception of seated chair massage and focused orthopedic work, most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with the clean sheets and blanket.
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, face, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with 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. Often, a light oil or cream is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil or cream also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask me please!
How Will I Feel After the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed. 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 your soft tissues are focused on during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
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, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner 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. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
-Learn, What to Expect.(2012). Retrieved December 1, 2012, from www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore