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Massage Therapy Info
Massage Therapy FAQs
What to Expect at your Massage Therapy appointment
- Our massage appointments are 30 minute, 60 minute or 90 minute duration. Your appointment beings when your massage therapist shows you into your room.
- Each appointment begins with a short consultation and review of symptoms, and health history. This short consultation, and the time it takes you to get changed is included in your appointment time.
- Your massage therapist will leave the room while you undress, and will knock before they re-enter to make sure you are ready.
- During the massage, your massage therapist will use lotion or oil to massage the area/s of your body that were discussed during the consultation at the beginning of your appointment.
- Please let your massage therapist know if you are too warm or cold.
- After the massage, your massage therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed.
- Please be aware if you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or woozy.
- Make sure you wear clothes that are easy to change in to and out of, and remember a jacket in winter!
Will Massage Therapy Hurt?
Massage therapy shouldn’t hurt. Sometimes there is some discomfort over particularly tight or sore areas. If the pressure is too uncomfortable, make sure you let your massage therapist know.
How Will I Feel After A Massage?
The majority of individuals feel calm and unwound after a treatment. Sometimes, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
What Are the Different Types of Massage?
Swedish/ Relaxation Massage
Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she wants to achieve. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.
The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.
Aromatherapy massage is great for stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component or for anyone looking for some added relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques.
Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs. Pregnancy pillows are used.
Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. It is as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.
Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.