Massage therapy is a health care option that promotes wellness as well as works on the body’s soft tissue. It can help relieve pain and stiffness associated with stress, tension, injury, and other conditions.
Is massage only for relaxation? What are its benefits?
Regular massage therapy from a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) enhances both mental and physical well being while also providing relaxation.
Regular massage can aid in:
Managing chronic and acute pain
Decreasing muscle tension
Easing breathing difficulties
Lowering blood pressure
Managing anxiety & depression
Improving overall wellness
What can I expect during my first massage?
Before your first massage, you will complete some intake paperwork and a health history. Make sure to discuss your history and goals with your massage therapist.
Once a treatment strategy has been determined, the therapist will leave the room to allow you to undress and get onto the table. Some people like to take off all their clothing, while others leave on their undergarments or other articles of clothing. If you choose to be fully clothed, please wear loose fitting clothing (like sweatpants and a t-shirt) so that your movement will not be restricted. Cover yourself with the linens on the table. Before re-entering the room to begin the treatment, your therapist will knock on the door.
LMTs are trained to ensure the sheet on the massage table always drapes you and protects your privacy. Only the body part being worked on will be uncovered. Your therapist periodically check if the pressure intensity is at a good level. You should communicate with your therapist about pressure at any time, as well as about draping or any pain you might be feeling throughout the massage. You can expect complete quiet from your therapist or relaxing conversation if you prefer. Calming music can also be played if you wish.
Your LMT will let you know when the massage is complete and will leave the room while you dress. When you’re ready, open the door to signal to your therapist to come back. You will then be provided with water, self-care advice, and your recommended treatment plan. Feel free to ask your therapist any questions you may have at this point.
How frequently should I receive massage therapy?
Depending on your needs or preferences, one massage per month is the recommended frequency for maintenance. Some people prefer or require more frequent sessions. Some conditions need more frequent massage to resolve. Your therapist can design a customized treatment plan which may involve more or less frequent massages.
Is it beneficial to receive massage if I'm injured or in pain?
Massage can be beneficial to injury recovery and acute pain management when applied appropriately. Sometimes acupuncture, cupping, or laser may be a better starting place before progressing to massage. You and your therapist will determine the right treatment strategy for you.
Will I be sore after massage?
It’s not uncommon to feel slight muscle soreness after massage. Massage triggers a release of lactic acid and inflammatory mediators from tight muscles, which can create a temporary feeling of soreness. Despite soreness, many people enjoy heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion after massage.
How long does a massage have to be in order to be effective?
Any length of massage can be effective. Tighter muscles and more chronic problems often require more time or more frequent treatments.