What is massage therapy?
Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue – muscles, skin and/or tendons – by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet.
Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.
Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage – for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.
What are the benefits of massage and what are those knots anyway?
Many people think of it as a luxury, but massage is much more than simple relaxation. The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be studied, but research has shown it to be effective in:
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:
Mental Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:
•What are those "knots" anyway? Knots are muscle fibers that are no longer receiving oxygen and are not functioning well, if at all. They usually form around an old injury or overused muscle. They limit flexibility and Range of Motion. Massage helps break up the knot and bring oxygen and nutrients to the area in an effort to revive the affected area.
Although massage is not an "instant" cure for old injuries, many people find that having massage on a regular basis definitely enhances our body's capability to heal.
What to expect when receiving a massage
Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal. The practitioner will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help them better serve you. You will also need to sign a consent form.
The massage therapist will then excuse himself/herself so you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down. The treatment room will be softly lit and soothing music is usually played.
You will be draped at all times – only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your scalp/head ,face,neck and shoulders, arms, hands, legs,feet and back. Oil or lotion is used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and, in the hours after your massage, drink plenty of water.
How often should I have a massage?
Everybody is different so this is a hard question to answer. In general however, if you have come for massage because you are experiencing pain and restricted movement then usually a minimum of 2 to 4 sessions, 1 a week, is recommended, The first 2 treatments would be targeted at relieving the area where you are experiencing the discomfort and then during the following 2 treatments we would work further a field and address muscles that are supporting the problem and bring the body back in to balance. If you are just experiencing some stiffness and general tightness in the muscles, it may be that only 1 or 2 massage treatments is required. For general maintenance work some people like to come for a massage once a week, others once a month, some people will only come for a massage once every 6 months, this decision is up to you and how you are feeling. You will never be encouraged to come for more treatments than is required.
*Massage therapists do not and should not diagnose any medical condition, we are not trained or qualified to do that. If you want a diagnosis for a particular injury or condition you are having problems with then I recommend you check with your medical doctor before entering into any wellness program.
*This is a professional massage and wellness center. I have ZERO tolerance for any inappropriate behavior, action or language by any client. Doing so will result in immediate termination of the session. Cessation of the massage session due to such behavior does not relinquish the liability for full payment of the scheduled appointment.