Massage Therapy can be more than just feeling good.
It helps tissues heal faster and releases the muscle knots that can cause pain and stiffness. It improves flexibility and increases circulation. Some clients report that it relieves headaches, pain from arthritis, improves sleep and alertness. Massage increases metabolism and promotes an awareness of potential problems before an injury and a host of other benefits!
What to expect…
Please check with your doctor if you have any pre-existing health conditions or medical concerns.
The massage therapist will ask if there are any problems of which she should be aware. Together, you will discuss your goals for the session, such as simple relaxation or relief from a stiff neck.
Many massage techniques can be employed during a single session to accomplish those goals so it is not always necessary to know the type of massage by name.
During the massage, you will always be draped with a sheet. Most clients leave underpants on, but that is not necessary. The therapist will leave the room until you are ready. She will use an oil or cream to glide over the muscles without tugging on the skin. Do not be afraid to ask for a firmer or lighter touch. Everyone is unique in the amount of pressure they can feel comfortable. Talking during a massage is fine, although you may want to just relax. When the massage is finished, you will not believe your time is up!
It is not uncommon to have tenderness after a massage, especially the next day. If you feel tenderness or bumps in the muscles, a follow up would be recommended. A session within the next couple of days will continue the progress. The benefits of massage are cumulative and preventive.