What to Expect From Massage Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Massage

Will My Privacy Be Respected During the Massage?

You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. You may request that some or all of your time be focused on an area of concern. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped and your privacy maintained during the entire session. The practitioner will leave the room and you will have privacy while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. After your massage, the therapist will leave the room again while you get dressed. They will be waiting for you outside the treatment room when you are ready.

How Long is a Massage Session?

The majority of sessions performed at Catalyst Sports and Injury Massage are 90-minute sessions. These sessions are more value-priced because the treatment is more thorough and the outcome is more satisfactory to both the client and the therapist. 60-minute sessions are less thorough, but still very effective. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet.

What Should I Do During My Massage?

Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

What if I am uncomfortable during my massage?

You can feel completely free at any time to request adjustments. If you are unhappy with the amount of pressure you are receiving, you may ask for more or less. The therapist will not feel insulted¯it is your session after all. Additionally, if your positioning or temperature needs to be adjusted, feel free to ask your therapist to move your face cradle or bolster, or to turn the heat up or down on the table.

How Will I Feel After My Massage?

Most people feel very relaxed and relieved. Some experience freedom from pain or tension, and have increased range of motion. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins such as lactic acid are released from your muscle tissue during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage to ensure that these toxins will be flushed from your bloodstream, rather than reabsorbed into your muscles. It is not uncommon to feel some mild soreness after a massage, especially a deep tissue massage. If there are any areas with redness, swelling, or heat, apply an ice pack to the area for 15 to 20 minutes. This will help reduce inflamation and the area will heal more quickly.

How Often Should I Get a Massage?

This depends on your goals. Do you feel generally good and want to maintain, or do you want to undergo continual improvement? Massage is cummulative therapy. One treatment can give you great relief, but in order to continue improving, frequency is necessary so that the same first step is not made over and over again. Massage is most effective as treatment when it is received at least every two weeks, and as maintenance when received at least every four to six weeks. Follow your therapist’s advice and recomendations. Stretching exersises and self-care will make your therapy more complete, and your results longer lasting.

Are There Any Health Conditions Which Make Massage Therapy Inadvisable?

Yes. This is why your massage therapist will ask you general health questions before you begin your session. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. For conditions such as heart disease or cancer, your massage practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

Please note:

Massage therapy specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

 

Contributing source: massagetherapy.com

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