Massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints, and reduces mental and physical fatigue. In addition, massage is one of the most effective means available to combat stress. But the question most people want answered before first trying this enjoyable and healthful experience is, “What is massage like?”
Who will give me my massage?
Your massage will be given by a massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage. In addition, massage therapists have a basic competence in anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when massage is and is not appropriate. A growing number of states license massage therapists.
What kinds of massage can I get?
Swedish massage is what many people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, deep kneading, small friction-type motions, light tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques is long. Ask your massage therapist to explain any other techniques she or he uses.
What is the first appointment like?
Your massage therapist will begin by asking some general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet.
Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and comfort. Your massage therapist may offer cushions or an adjustable face rest for support. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.
For a full body massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear. You are warmly draped at all times, except for the area being worked on.
Your massage therapist will usually use a lubricant, such as light oil or lotion, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of massage, no oil is used and you remain clothed.
A massage usually begins with a light steady touch, followed by broad, flowing strokes. This starts calming your nervous system and releasing tension in your superficial muscles. Gradually, as your body becomes ready, your massage therapist works more deeply to relax specific areas.
What should I do in a massage?
Make yourself comfortable. If your massage therapist wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you (for instance lift your arm) or will tell you what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. Others prefer to talk. It’s your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what your massage therapist is doing, or about massage in general.
The desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing. In fact, deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.
Will a massage ever hurt?
Massage on healthy tissue feels good, and the saying “no pain, no gain” is not true for massage. The most effective and the deepest massage works with the body’s natural responses, rather than against them. Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so she or he can adjust to a more appropriate level.
Massage used to address a painful injury, may at first cause some discomfort, which usually is noticeable in the first few minutes. Your massage therapist knows ways to minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.
Combination of styles designed to personalize the massage by blending massage techniques from around the world.
Method of using thumbs and fingers on reflex points corresponding to all areas of the body. Relieves tension and stress while stimulating the nervous systems. Massage may include hands, head and neck.
Delight the senses as the unique aromas of the essential oils add a new dimension to the massage.
Classical, relaxing massage combining three basic strokes: long firm strokes, kneading and small circles.
Deep Tissue & Sports Massage Combines classical Swedish style with neuro-musclar techniques, trigger points, and compression to reduce soreness. Excellent when preparing for sports activities or after a strenuous workout.
Japanese pressure point treatment using palms, fingers and thumbs to release tension and increase circulation of energy based on Oriental healing. Pressure applied through clothing or sheet without oils.
Jin Shin Acupressure
Gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points with body focusing techniques, to help release physical and emotional tension, assist the immune system, alleviate common ailments and harmonize the flow of life energy within the body. Performed without oils.
Traditional massage from Thailand. Unique combination of gentle rocking and stretching using range of motion and acupressure techniques applied through clothing without oil.
Lymphatic Cellulite Massage
Light touch massage creates a healthy lymph system and boosts the immune system.
Neck and Shoulder Massage
Swedish massage focusing on the neck, shoulders and lower back.
Cranio – Sacral Massage
A gentle manipulation technique to locate and help relieve physical problems through enhancing the functions of your body’s mechanisms. Relieves stress and enhances overall well – being.
A nurturing and nourishing massage to alleviate discomfort during pregnancy due to body changes. Relieves stress on weight baring joints and reduces swelling. Very calming and relaxing for both mother and baby.
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