Massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles. Improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints and reduces mental and physical fatigue. In addition massage is one of the most effective means available to combat stress.
Your massage will be given by a massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage. A growing number of states license massage therapists to ensure basic competence in massage techniques, anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when massage is and is not appropriate.
Swedish massage is what many people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, deep kneading small friction type motions, light tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques is long. Ask the massage therapist techniques she or he uses.
Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and comfort. Your massage therapist may offer cushions or an adjustable face rest for support. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.
Your massage therapist will begin by asking some general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table under top sheet.
For a full body massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear. You are warmly draped at all times, except for the area being worked on. Your massage therapist will usually use a lubricant, such as light oil or lotion, which is good for your skin and absorbs well.
A massage usually begins with a light steady touch, followed by broad, flowing strokes. This starts calming your nervous system and releases tension in your superficial muscles. Gradually, as your body becomes ready, your massage therapist worksmore deeply to relax specific areas.
Make your self comfortable. If your massage therapist wants you to adjust your position, he or she will either move you (for instance lift your arm) or will tell you what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what your massage therapist is doing, or about massage in general. the desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing. In fact, deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.
Massage on healthy tissue feels good, and the saying "no pain, no gain" is not true of massage. The most effective and the deepest massage works with the body's natural response, rather than against them, Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort, which usually lessens noticeably in the first few minutes. Your massage therapist knows ways to minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.
Ticklish people are often surprised that massage does not tickle. the touch in a massage is completely different from tickling. The intent is relaxation, the pressure gentle but firm. If you are extremely ticklish, tell your therapist so he or she can work carefully, or avoid your areas of sensitivity altogether.
A half-hour can be an excellent introduction to massage, with plenty of time for a partial massage, such as the back, neck, and shoulders or legs and feet. A hour is the most common length of a full body massage. One and a half hours is enough time for a full body massage along with special attention to any problem areas.
When your massage is finished your massage therapist will leave the room while you dress. Be aware that massage can be profoundly relaxing, and it affects all of your body's systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up from the table.
After a massage, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up from months of tension or repetitive activity in their daily life. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. Sometimes the immediate effects of your massage may seem mild. Watch for further change over the following days such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress.
If you still have questions, any massage therapist will be happy to discuss your questions over the phone before you book an appointment.