Who should go to a massage therapist?
People today look to massage therapy for more than pampering. In fact, preliminary results from AMTA’s annual consumer survey suggest consumers seek massage for medical conditions more than just because it feels good. And, other healthcare providers often refer their patients to massage therapists.
Recent research shows that massage provides relief for chronic low back pain, eases pain and muscle spasms following bypass surgery, and is effective in treating lymphedema, a condition common among mastectomy survivors.
What to expect from your first massage
If you haven’t had much experience with massage therapy, you might be wondering what to expect. If it’s your first time seeing the massage therapist, the massage therapist might ask about the reasons you are getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, life style and stress level, experiences with specific areas of pain, and whether there is any specific need you want addressed during the massage.
Next, you will be asked to remove your clothing. The therapist will either leave the room or otherwise provide privacy while you undress. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. A sheet or towel is provided for draping during the massage. The therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. The draping also keeps the person receiving the massage warm.
The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. The massage therapist may play music during the massage. The massage therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to some oils or lotions, be sure to tell your massage therapist so you both can make sure the ingredients in the oil or lotion do not bother you.
Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body or only specific areas that need attention. If there is anything that does not feel comfortable or right or you do not like, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop.
After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed. If there is time to do so, you may ask the massage therapist any questions you have. The usual length of a session is an hour. A massage session on a table generally should be a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum of 90 minutes.
Your first visit
We will ask you some health history questions, and discuss your goals for the massage session including specific areas of pain or discomfort. We’ll also explain our massage style, and make sure you are comfortable in the treatment room. We encourage feedback about anything from the depth of our pressure to the music we have chosen. We want the massage experience to be 100% positive for you!
Benefits of massage
- Circulates blood, removing metabolic by-products & bringing oxygen & nutrients to the tissues
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- Increases tissue elasticity & flexibility
- Increases range of motion
- Decreases adhesions
- Increases resistance to disease
- Increases energy
- Stimulates secretion of endorphins
- Increases relaxation
- Reduces anxiety
- Decreases recovery time from exercise
- Increases functioning of immune system
- Decreases muscle tension & discomfort
What does National Certification mean?
National Certification is a credential therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioners may hold by meeting certain eligibility criteria, taking and passing an examination, upholding a national Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and demonstrating continued education in the field.