WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Massage therapist vital role in healthcare was Universal in 2700BC. A Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh."
Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbow, and even feet. Bodywork is a general term of manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.
Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. The numbers continue to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for rehabilitation, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN RECEIVING A MASSAGE?
Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal. Sessions generally take place in a quiet, comfortable treatment area. The massage room may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played.
The practitioner (licensed massage therapist) will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, and injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help them better serve you.
The massage therapist will then excuse herself/himself so you can undress to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down.
HERE AT THE STUDIO WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND THE FOCUS OF - RELAXING BREATHS.
You will be draped at all times - only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, hands, head, neck, and shoulders, and sometimes feet. Oil or lotion is often used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner (licensed massage therapist) will leave the room so you can get dressed. It is highly recommended to sit up slowly and in the hours after your massage, drink plenty of water.
Generally, a 3day conscience effort of drinking water not only helps continue the flush of the massage...it also aides in any relief of headache or muscle soreness as a result of a session. Also, drink a minimum of 1 bottle of water per every 30mins of massage is highly recommended for better flushing.
There are many types of massage, so each experience varies. To learn more about techniques and terms, refer to the glossary in the consumer section of NCBTMB'S website, www.ncbtmb.org.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE?
Many people think of massage therapy as a luxury, but massage is much more than simple relaxation. The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be studied, but research has shown massage therapy to be effective in:
- Decreasing Pain
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Improving range of motion
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Reducing muscles sorness
- Boosting the immune system
- Lessening depression
- Relieving Back Pain
- Promoting tissue regeneration
- Easing withdrawal symptoms
- Treating cancer-related fatigue
- Easing labor pain and stress
- Relieving migraine pain, and more
(The information and research mentioned above was provided by the National Certificaiton Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork "Your Guide to Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork" 2011 Pamphlet)