What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of body tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments using manual techniques.
Massage therapy will generally be suggested as part of a treatment regime for a variety of health conditions such as back pain, stress relief and stress-related conditions, muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains, circulatory and respiratory problems, as well as post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Different Techniques of Massage
There are numerous types of massage. Various techniques utilise different strokes, including basic flowing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. The therapist is trained to know what appropriate methods should be applied on specific conditions.
Commonly Asked Questions on Massage Therapy Procedures:
Where will the massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What will the massage feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. Your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.
What is the feeling after massage therapy?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days.
Are there medical conditions which can make massages inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it is imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner will ask you general health questions. 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 prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.