What does therapeutic massage do other than feel good?
Helps rid the body of toxins
Stretches superficial tissues
Assists lymphatic and venous flow
Helps to break up and loosen subcutaneous scar tissue
Increase nutrition to the cells and skin
Can reduce certain types of edema
Increases respiration to the skin
Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue and it can feel great!
I've never had a professional massage, what should I expect?
On your first visit, your therapist will do an intake, asking questions about your general health, specific injuries and whether you are under a doctor's care. This is the time for you to ask any questions you have for the therapist. The entire process should only take a few minutes. It should not substantially cut into your massage time. The therapist will then give you instructions on how they want you on the table (face up). Then leave the treatment area while you disrobe.
During the massge what should I expect?
In order to enhance your level of relaxation when you are getting a professional therapeutic massage, there should be little talking. The therapist will probably be checking in with you to make sure you are tolerating the work and to remind you to breathe and relax. As the client, your input during the massage is important. If you are in any way uncomfortable, SPEAK UP! Don't ever suffer in silence. Make your wishes known.
Should I eat before my massage?
It is not a good idea to eat a heavy meal before a massage. Heavy, rich food in the stomach may cause cramping and prevent you from enjoying the full benefits of your massage. Please eat very lightly and drink extra water before coming in for your massage.
Do I have to take my clothes off?
For any massage involving lotion or oil, yes, you DO need to be undressed. A massage therapist must have access to the body. Your underpants may remain on, the therapist will work over them or move the fabric around to work on specific muscles. Females are asked to remove their bras. The breast and genitals are not worked on during a massage. Your comfort level is always PARAMOUNT! If one decides not to adhere to the above recommendations, be advised that your massage experience will be modified to address the inability to access the full body. You will never be on the table without being covered by a sheet or towel. The only part of the body that will be exposed is the part that the therapist is working on. When you turn over, you will still be covered, please follow the therapist's directions to ensure this process is successful so that modesty is ensured.
How do I take care of myself after a massage?
While we all know how important it is to drink plenty of water, it is especially important after a massage. For at least 24 hours after your massage you should drink extra water to flush the toxins out of the system. If you have access to a steam room or whirlpool, they are ideal ways to continue cleansing the system. If not, a hot shower followed by a soaking bath is also a great follow up. While most people feel refreshed and wonderful after a massage, sometimes some people may feel a little sore or achy the day after their session. This is a normal response, a lot of stuff gets stirred up and that feeling is a healing response. It should go away in 24 to 36 hours. Rest, healthy eating and plenty of fluids (WATER) will help minimize the response.
*Disclaimer: All modalities offered are not a replacement or substitute for medical or psychological treatments. Please consult with your primary physician before beginning any new treatment.