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Q & A – Massage

What can Massage Therapy treat?

  • asthma
  • arthritis
  • baby massage
  • back pain
  • buergers’ disease
  • bursitis
  • cancer
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • child massage
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • chronic edema
  • chronic pain
  • compression syndromes
  • contusions
  • contractures
  • cramps
  • depression/grieving process
  • degenerative disc disease
  • diabetes
  • digestive complaints/ constipation
  • dislocations
  • dupuytrens’ contracture
  • dysmennorhea
  • edema
  • emphysema
  • fibromyalgia/ chronic fatigue
  • fibrositic breast pain, breast injuries, congestion and swelling
  • fibrositis and fibrosis
  • foot/plantar fasciitis/ples planus – flat foot fractures
  • frozen shoulder
  • gout
  • headache fibrositic/ migraine
  • hemiplegia
  • herniated disc
  • hypertension
  • iliotibial band contracture
  • insomnia
  • jaw pain/TMJ
  • knee injury
  • low Back Pain
  • lymphatic disorders
  • mesothelioma
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscle spasms/ strain rehabilitation
  • muscular dystrophy
  • neck pain/ torticollis
  • neuralgia / neuritis
  • osteoarthritis/ rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • palliative care
  • paralysis
  • parkinsons
  • pes planus
  • plantar fasciitis
  • poliomyelitis & post polio syndrome
  • postural disorders / scoliosis
  • pregnancy discomforts/ pre and post natal
  • pre / post-surgical and post-injury rehabilitation
  • period pain/ dysmenorrhoea/ dysmenorrhea
  • prevention/ lessening of fibrosis raynaud’s disease
  • relaxation
  • relief of pain
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • respiratory problems (such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema)
  • scars
  • sciatica/ neuralgia spastic paralysis
  • sports injuries
  • sprains/strains / ligament and joint athletic injuries
  • stiff joints
  • stress related disorders
  • tendonitis/ bursitis/neuritis
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • whiplash disorders WAD

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions available.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

I have some health conditions, is it okay for me to get a massage?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, whether there are any conditions that need to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

Is a massage always appropriate?

No. There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

How will a massage feel?

It typically depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

How will I feel during the session?

How a client feels during the massage is subjective to the goals for the session and the type of massage you are receiving. Dim lighting, soothing music and the skilled hands of the therapist are utilized together to enhance deep relaxation to release muscle tension and pain allowing the client to feel as if she is in a semi-sleep state–comfortably aware of what’s happening around you–yet totally relaxed.

What do I have to do?

In general, a client will be asked to breathe naturally and attempt to let thoughts drift in and out of the mind without trying to control them. A massage therapist may, at times, ask the client to take a deep breath during a specific technique or to move into a new position. Communication with your therapist is encouraged during the massage session. Topics to discuss include areas of concern, changes to your physical and emotional state, and sensations you may be experiencing during the massage session.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

Because many people have some level of apprehension about their body type, size or condition, having a suitable answer to this question is important. Most massage sessions are performed with a client disrobed either entirely or partially to access the skin directly. The client is left to disrobe in privacy and is adequately draped at all times once on the massage table. Only the body part being massaged is exposed.

Corporate or chair massage sessions typically do not require disrobing.

How are massage therapist educated?

Today, massage therapist undertake 6 months to 2 years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All massage therapists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

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