Rule # 1- Get a Good Massage Therapist that Cares
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, one of the greatest joys is helping each of my clients figure out what is right for them. Many therapists feel they “know” what is right for their clients without so much as asking them. Some therapists are so bound by a routine, they can not cater to a client's needs for optimum the results to occur. Before the session begins, be prepared to talk about problem areas and answer questions about your health history as disclosed on the intake form. If you've had good or bad experiences, let your massage therapist know. Your massage therapist will ask you before the session begins about what type of pressure you prefer. They will also ask you about the pressure during the massage. If the pressure is too much or not enough, please let them know. No feelings will be hurt.
Rule # 2- Always Ask Questions
Have you ever wanted to try a deep tissue massage? Are you curious about trigger point therapy? Does myofascial release sound magical?
Why not ask your therapist, and see if they work for your session. A knowledgeable massage therapist will discuss the pros and cons based off what the client wants!
Here are some basic facts to get started:
-Swedish Massage is the same as a relaxation or therapeutic massage. It's characteristics are long, flowing strokes. Benefits include: releasing muscle tension, increases circulation, increases serotonin levels, Promotes total mind and body relaxation. Some people think the pressure has to be non-existent, but the pressure level, once again, is up to the client. This technique is full body. “Full body” refers to these areas: Back, shoulders, neck, legs, calves, feet, arms, face, and scalp. Glute massage is also available but will be done through the sheet. All clients are draped in the state of Tennessee using the diaper draping method with a flat and fitted sheet. All private areas are always covered with the drape without exception. Pec massage refers to massage to the pectoralis muscles and breast tissue in makes and females are avoided. Pec massage is fine as long as the therapist is the same gender as the client. I always have a few male therapist friends who will accept any male clients who need pec massage. If you want us to skip an area, we will happily do so.
-Deep Tissue Massage is a deeper therapeutic massage that helps with muscle spasms, tense muscles, stress, and inflammation. The Releasing of Little Nodules in the Muscles, or myofascial trigger points, is the goal. There are more than one ways to do this for each client's comfort level. The biggest draw back from deep tissue is the fact that there is a chance the client could be a little sore the next day. There are ways to less this like taking a hot bath in Epsom salts right after the massage and / or using ice (or Biofreeze) on the area. Drinking water after a massage also helps by helping your body flush toxins out of your body. Some clients are never sore. Once again, the pressure should not be outside of your comfort zone. If your therapist goes to deep, please let them know. As compared with traditional Swedish massage, this technique is more so aimed at problem areas and less with the full body. If you have shoulders that have trigger points in them, and do not have fibromyalgia (it can be too intense for these clients), this may be for you.
-Myofascial Release is a method the muscle tension and pain are released by releasing the fascia. Fascia is literally the glue that hold us together. It holds each of your muscle fibers together, each of your fascicles together, each of your muscles together, and your muscle groups together. It also keeps your organs in place (hello, abdominal cavity). The technique is not necessarily deep but can be very uncomfortable and communication with your therapist is extremely important. No oil is used, and in some techniques, the clients are fully clothed. If the client disrobes, once again, he or she is fully draped.
-Hot Stone Massage is a fantastic way to relax tense muscles and sore joints. The basalt stones are heated and oil is used. Swedish massage techniques are incorporated for a deeply relaxing full body massage. “Full body” in hot stone massage includes: neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, calves, feet, scalp and face. Once again, if you want us to skip an area, please let us know.
-Prenatal Massage is a gentle massage geared for relieving the muscle cramps, spasms, and pain often encountered in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs during pregnancy. Safe semi-reclined and side-to-side body positioning. The client typically disrobes to comfort level but is always draped. Pregnancy massage is recommended for the second and third trimester. First trimester and high risk prenatal massage clients only accepted with written physician's clearance.
Rule # 3- Relaxation starts before the session
This is your time to relax and escape. Please turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices. During your session if you like chatting, we'll chat. If you prefer to relax in silence, we want you to feel completely comfortable doing so.
Rule # 4- Be consistent.
No one gets 6-pack abs from working out only one time. The same goes for massage therapy. Some people need massages a few times a year and some need them every week. Massage therapy is shown to decrease stress, increase circulation, help release muscle tightness, and release endorphins to help lift mood. Some people need more than others. Once a week is the most common form of rebooking, but whatever your budget allows is also fine.
Disclaimer: Massage Therapy does not replace the advice and / or care of a primary care physician. People with contagious diseases or illnesses, poorly managed diabetes, blood clots, embolisms, fevers, cirrhosis of the liver are to refrain from massage therapy. Patients who have just had surgery or are under a doctor's care are to get a physician's clearance or wait until they are discharged from a doctor's care before resuming or beginning massage therapy. Massage therapists can not and will not diagnose or treat any disease.