What is Massage Therapy? Is a process of manual manipulation (massage) of the body's muscular and soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, skin) through a variety of techniques ranging from relaxation to clinical and therapeutic applications.
What is your first appointment like? Plan to arrive a few minutes early to check in and relax. You will be asked to fill out a medical history form. This form is used to create a treatment that caters to your specific needs. Please be accurate, as Massage is not always appropriate. I will leave the room, while you undress and relax on the table. I will cover you with a sheet and blanket. Most people undress completely, though you may prefer to wear your underwear. Massage usually begins with a light touch, to calm the nervous system and release tension in your muscles. Gradually as your body becomes ready, we can work deeper to relax specific areas.
What should you do during a Massage Therapy Session? Make yourself comfortable. Some people close their eyes and relax completely, while others prefer to talk. It's your session, you should do whatever feels natural. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what I am doing or about bodywork in general. The desire to sigh or to take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing.
Will Massage Therapy hurt? Massage on healthy tissue feels great! When you have an injury, poor posture or a chronic issue, massage may cause some discomfort, which usually lessens noticeably in the first few minutes. We don’t want to create more pain, so always let me know when you feel any discomfort. I like to work with a pain scale, ranging from 1 (no pain) to 10(unbearable). Ideally, we want to be no more than a 5 or 6, this is an acceptable level.
How often should I get a Bodywork? As I tell all my clients: you must be aware of your body after your treatment, as it may lasts longer for some people than others. Your goal will also affect how frequently you schedule massages. If your purpose is to reduce pain, then weekly visits are recommended until that pain has significantly decreased. If your goal is prevention of pain and negative effects of stress, then monthly visits are recommended to maintain health. These are just recommendations and I would be happy to discuss your individual frequency.