Generally we can view the reasons and potential benefits of massage on 2 levels:
Physiological and Psychological
Potential Physiological benefits:
stimulate blood circulation
aids elimination of waste throughout the body
relieves accumulated tension and restores flexibility to tight and sore muscles
improves posture by enhancing one’s own awareness of the body
relieves cramps and muscle spasms
Promotes healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments by preventing and reducing excessive scar tissue
increases joint mobility and range of motion
lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate
become less prone to injury
Potential Psychological benefits:
reduces mental stress
promotes better sleep
enhance capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Remember prevention is better than cure. Once you show signs of improvement we will continue to work with you to help stop future tension and stress accumulating.
What a Typical Massage Therapy Session is Like
Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress (people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
You are underneath the towel at all times, and only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
How Will I Feel After a Massage?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:
People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
People prone to blood clots.
If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.