1. What are the benefits of massage?
The field of therapeutic massage and bodywork draws from touch therapies of both Western and non-Western traditions. Practitioners incorporate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to address soft tissue dysfunctions, stress related conditions and energy imbalances.
Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
Source: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets
- Relieving back pain
- Boosting immune system
- Reducing anxiety
- Lowering blood pressure
- Treating migraines
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Easing post-operative pain
- Alleviating side effects of cancer
2. What should I expect when I come to my massage session?
No two massages are alike, but there are some things that are universal. Your session will take place in a quiet, comfortable room that is dimly lit, with soothing music being played.
We will begin by asking you to fill out a brief health intake form that includes questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help us better serve you. This is a good time to ask questions or share personal preferences about your bodywork session.
The massage therapist will excuse herself from the room so that you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down.
You will be draped using a sheet at all times – only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, glutes, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Oil or lotion is often used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so that you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and make sure to drink plenty of water.