Who can benefit from massage?
For the general population, massage therapy has been proven effective for those who wish to:
- Get active
- Control stress
- Manage pain
Other groups of people that have found massage therapy beneficial in achieving their goals include:
- Expectant and new mothers
- Laborers and tradesmen
- Athletes and dancers (professional and recreational)
- People living with cancer (patients and family/caregivers)
What should I expect during my session?
Prior to your session, you will be emailed an intake form that will allow us to determine what your goals may include and what, if any, contraindications may be present, so that your session can be tailored to your needs.
Upon arrival, your therapist will review your intake form and check for any new developments that will inform your treatment session for that day.
Your therapist will leave the room while you get on the table and under the drape. Note: only the parts of the body that are receiving treatment will be undraped at a time (back, leg, arm).
Once the therapist enters the room, the session begins. Your therapist will check in with you periodically regarding pressure and to give instructions.
When the session is over, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to get dressed and exit the room. Your therapist will be just outside the door to check you out and help you transition back to the “real world.”
What should I expect after my session?
The answer to that will vary. Most of the time, clients report feeling very relaxed, with improvements in sleep and a general feeling of well-being. Some sessions are focused on achieving wider range of motion and mobility, so some clients will feel more energized after their sessions. Others are focused on releasing deeper levels of fascial restriction, so there are some clients will feel a little sore the day after, similar to having completed a good workout.
Will massage detoxify my body? Why are you telling me to drink water?
Anyone who is telling you that massage releases toxins, or that you should drink water to amplify this “effect,” is wrong. This article from painscience.com explains this in more detail.
We usually offer water because it brings your awareness back to your body, as during your session, you may have temporarily “floated away.”
How often should I get a massage?
Everyone comes to massage for different reasons. Most of our regular clients come once a month, as part of a standard self-care regimen.
If there is a specific situation, like injury recovery, or training for an athletic event, we may recommend treating aggressively, like once every 1-2 weeks, and gradually weaning to once a month.
For clients undergoing chemotherapy, treatment is recommended the day before a chemo treatment, as blood counts are usually higher, the client feels stronger, and it helps offset stress that occurs pre-chemo.
Expectant mothers may wish to receive massage with greater frequency as their due date approaches.