What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the massaging or manipulation of the body’s muscular components in order to enhance blood flow, healing abilities and stimulate the body’s nervous system.
Massaging the muscular system also eases pain and tightness in the feet, back head and where other major muscular groups are found.
Massaging is carried out by a variety of means including providing hot and/or room temperature pressure which may be undertaken in a static position or by movement and manipulating of the body itself.
Preparing for your Massage
It is vital that you understand that it is the therapist’s wish for you have an enjoyable experience and that the massage is as beneficial as possible. The Masseur’s aiming is to achieve reduced anxiety levels.
You are the one that has chosen to reap the benefits of this scientific manipulation of the body, to this end you should be prepared with any questions for which you require clarification and that the experience will enable you to relax with a complete understanding of what you will encounter during the session.
You should inform your therapist of any allergies you may have (to lotions and powders) or any movement problems or sensitive areas. Should you not wish to participate in conversation or partake of music during the session you should make this known to the masseuse at the onset.
What do I Wear?
You should wear comfortable clothing and be aware that the therapist will ensure your privacy to enable you to undress. You only have to remove the clothing you are comfortable with. The therapist will provide towels to cover the area of the body that is being manipulated.
Loose clothing will allow you to change back into your own clothing without the feeling of being restricted. You may be a little tender or very relaxed following your therapy.
Will it Hurt?
As a rule, a good therapist should not hurt you. The type of therapy that could result in a little discomfort would be the deep tissue massage. A Swedish or hot stone massage should not cause any discomfort.
The different types of massage therapy that are available are:
Barefoot Deep Tissue Massage Therapy.
Swedish Massage. This is the standard type of massage offered in most clinics, gyms etc.
Aromatherapy Massage. This type of massage is simply a Swedish massage utilizing essential oils.
Deep Tissue Massage. Deep tissue massages are focused and therapeutic
What is massage therapy used for?
Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or enhance wellness.
It has been utilised throughout history to relieve pain brought on by muscular damage.
What are the risks of massage therapy?
Massage therapy should not be suggested to people suffering from cancer, blood clots, arthritis, fractures and pregnant women.
Massaging can cause bone fractures to those people suffering from osteoporosis, further it can cause internal bleeding to a haemophiliac.
Certain medical conditions may increase the risk of experiencing negative side effects from massage. These include cancer, fractured or broken bones, blood clots, burns, lesions, arthritis and osteoporosis, mystery pains, skin rashes, and infectious diseases of the skin.
What happens to your body during a massage?
People are familiar with the usual effects on the body when being massaged such as pain reduction and entering into a state of relaxation. There are however other benefits that can be the result of massage such as reducing stress, improving circulation, flexibility and sleep patterns.
What happens if you don’t drink water after a massage?
During the massage process muscles are manipulated, this allows the muscles to lose water and electrolytes. The intake of water will help flush away the lymph and toxins released by the activation of the soft tissue.
How often should I get a massage?
The frequency of being massaged is subject to the amount of exercise taken on a regular basis, and the amount of spare time a person may have. On average, a good suggestion is to schedule a massage once a month for maintenance purposes and more frequently if there are specific or recurring needs to address.