Your massage session should take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table or sit in a chair specially designed for your comfort.
Your session will be conducted by a professional who has received thorough training in anatomy and physiology and a wide variety of techniques enabling a holistic approach to your treatment.
No. Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your comfort. You will be properly draped at all times during the session to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on at the time will be exposed. The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
You will discuss with the therapist the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, head, and neck. You will not at any time be touched on your genitals or breasts.
A light oil may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure may gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your therapist immediately should you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Various techniques utilise different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask your therapist about the methods she uses.
The average full-body massage session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage, for example, the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a sixty to a ninety-minute session for optimal relaxation.
Make yourself comfortable. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm, moving your head to one side, etc.). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during the session. Feel free to ask the therapist questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. You may even feel taller or lighter. 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 are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water afterwards.
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and creates an overall sense of well being.
Yes. That is why it is imperative that before you begin your session, the therapist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under the care of a Doctor/Physiotherapist/Chiropractor or other Health Professional, it is strongly recommended that you speak to them before going for a massage.