Massage therapy releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints, reduces mental and physical fatigue, and effectively combats stress. When you first come in for a massage, you will be asked to fill out a confidential general information sheet. Your massage therapist will then ask you some general questions since there are conditions for which massage is not appropriate. For a body massage, you can choose between undressing to your comfort level or wearing your underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be fully draped through your session except for the area being worked on. You will relax on a specially designed table that is designed for stability and comfort. Different pillows or bolsters can be used to make your position more comfortable. The room will be warm, quiet, and filled with gentle music.
A professional massage oil or lotion will be used to ease the friction and will absorb well in case you have other commitments after the massage. The massage will start gently to calm your nervous system and begin to release superficial tension. Gradually, your massage therapist works more deeply into the tissues and addresses specific areas. Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and membranes. Swedish massage is presently the most common form of therapy practised; however, our therapists may use a variety of therapies and techniques, depending on your needs and their specialties.
Your therapist will help you understand that ultimately your body has the capacity to heal itself and will work with you to learn how you can become part of this healing process.
What to do during a massage session? Make yourself comfortable and relax. Your therapist may move or adjust your body at certain times or will tell you what is needed. You can change your position any time to make yourself more comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax, others prefer to talk. Do not hesitate to ask questions any time.
How will a massage feel? Massage on healthy tissue feels good. Working on an area of injury or chronic pain may cause some amount of pain or discomfort, which will usually lessen shortly. Always tell your therapist if you feel any discomfort or pain so he or she can adjust treatment. Massage therapy usually lasts one hour. This gives enough time to relax the body and address specific problems. A half-hour can be used as an introduction to massage or address specific area only. After massage you should feel relaxed. Give yourself time to slowly get up. Many people experience freedom from pain and aches that have built over months of tension. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, many people experience an increase in energy that can last for days.
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