What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Types of Massage Therapy
While there are several types of massage, two fundamental categories are:
- Relaxation/Restoration Massage – also known as Swedish massage; practiced in settings like spas, wellness centers and resorts
- Therapeutic/Sports Massage – also known as deep tissue, medical, therapeutic or clinical massage; practiced in many settings like clinics, hospitals and chiropractic offices
What to Expect During Your Massage Session
- The massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals.
- The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
- This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
- Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
- The therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing, and that will expose the area to be worked on.
- Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
- Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. Talking during sessions is the client’s choice depending on the needs and comfort of the client.
- Your massage therapist should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.
- The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.
- Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
- Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (excluding certain areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as the especially tight muscles.
- Remember to breathe normally.
- Table massage usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.
- After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
- Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
- During massage circulation and cellular metabolism are increased. This means that all the toxins that are in your system get rapidly put into your blood stream to be eliminated. Drinking water after you massage is imperative in order to flush toxins out of your system. Symptoms that you are not drinking enough water are headache, body aches and nausea.
- Strenuous activity should be avoided for 24-48 hours after your massage to allow the benefits of the massage to take full effect.
- Follow up exercises may be recommended after your session based on your specific needs.
Enhance Your Massage with Aromatherapy
$5.00 additional charge for individually purchased massages (Included in package massage purchases)
Lavender: Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. This oil is great to add to your relaxation and restorative massage.
Peppermint: Peppermint carries a high menthol content and is used for an overall “cooling” effect. It also promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. This oil can be added to either a relaxation or therapeutic/sports massage.
Deep Blue: Formulated to soothe and cool, Deep Blue is an enriched blend of oils perfect for a massage after a long day or an intense workout. This oil is great to add to a therapeutic/sports massage.
On Guard: On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function and contains cleansing properties. This oil can be added to either a relaxation or therapeutic/sports massage.
Breathe: Breathe is a refreshing aroma that can be used to create feelings of clear, easy breathing. This oil is great to add to your relaxation and restorative massage.