MASSAGE THERAPY

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Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your appointment to fill out intake paperwork. This will cover your general and medical information as well as what you?d like addressed during your session. This paperwork will help your therapist design a massage especially for you.

You will be taken to your treatment room for a short intake discussion with your therapist. The therapist will then step out of the room for you to get on the table. You will undress to your comfort level, the more you are comfortable taking off, the more detailed your massage can be. You will be covered at all times by the sheet. Make sure to get under the sheet and the blanket. In the first 5-10 minutes of your massage your therapist will check in with you on pressure. If at any time you would like your therapist to adjust pressure, positioning, heat on the table or anything else or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak up. Your therapist wants you to get an outstanding massage and will be happy to make adjustments to keep you comfortable, warm and content.

After the massage your therapist will discuss what they noticed during the session and what they recommend doing for follow-up treatment.

Massage has many benefits including relief from tension and stress, deduction in?anxiety, improved sleep, pain relief and improved quality of life while living with a chronic illness or injury. Massage is a form of self-care that promotes?respite, well-being and restoration throughout the entire body.

No. Clients are encouraged to undress to their level of comfort. It is generally easier to work on areas of the back, glutes, and hips without undergarments, however it is by no means necessary. Undergarments or not, only the area being massaged will be exposed at a time and the rest of your body will be covered with layers of blankets.

If the muscles are very tight, some discomfort is normal. However, there is a difference between good and bad pain on the massage table.?If the pain causes you to hold your breath or stops you from being able to take a deep breath, this will automatically tense your muscles, which is exactly the opposite of what your therapist is trying to encourage your muscles to do. This is when you should ask your therapist to lighten up on the pressure, at least in that area. Massage is not necessarily a ?no pain no gain? deal.

First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system and lymph system, where the body works to get it out of the body. That?s one of the reasons many people have to use the restroom right after a massage. This is also one reason it is important to replenish that lost water.

Secondly, massage relaxes muscle tension, releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing nitrogenous metabolic waste to dump into the system. Drinking provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate the newly liberated waste.

The average tip for a massage is 15-20% of the treatment price. Massage therapists do work in the service industry, so unless they are working for themselves (self-employed) they are only paid a percentage of the treatment price. If you feel that you have received a great massage, it is appropriate to tip. Tips are not expected but always extremely appreciated.

Every person is unique and therefore their needs vary. What is important to remember is that, just like eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep, receiving massage will be most beneficial to those who do it on a consistent basis. You will receive the most benefit if you receive massage weekly, by-weekly or monthly for maintenance, depending on what your needs are at that time. There will be times that it makes sense to come more often and times when your body can go for longer in-between sessions and still feel the benefit. Your therapists will help you figure out what?s right for you.

We recommend a minimum of at least once a month for regular maintenance and more frequently depending on your pain level and physical activity.

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