What is Remedial massage?
Remedial massage is the use of a number of soft tissue techniques designed to relieve pain and tension from injury or stress. Remedial massage can improve flexibility and relieve headaches and back pain through the application of trigger point, deep tissue or myofascial techniques including dry needling and cupping.
The benefits of remedial massage include:
increase circulation and relieve stress and tension
repair and invigorate muscles
assist to release specific areas of pain
relieve back pain and sports injuries
improve mobility and flexibility
What is Therapeutic or Relaxation Massage?
The aim of therapeutic massage is to promote overall wellbeing, and deep relaxation, through the use of flowing, even strokes, and pressure to suit the client. Stretches and mobilisation maybe included in the massage. Clients report feeling mentally and physically balanced following therapeutic relaxation treatment.
The benefits of relaxation massage include:
relief from tight muscles
nourished tissues through improve blood flow
stimulated lymphatic system
soothed nervous system
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
This is you time to relax and be comfortable. If you wish to change the pressure, areas worked, position, or if you are too hot or too cold please let your therapist know. Your requirements may be different from one session to the next. The massage will be tailored to your needs on the day as well as working towards agreed longer term goals.
Your massage therapist will require you to complete a health history form. Following this, your therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish which areas of the body you would like worked on in relation to any medical / health conditions. It is important to list all health concerns, allergies and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
It is preferable to undress down to your underpants for most massage treatments, however if you prefer to stay fully clothed your therapist can certainly work with you. Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, and will ask you to cover yourself with a bath sheet (extra large towel) and make yourself comfortable on the massage table before they re-enter the room. If you have any concerns please speak to your therapist.
What should I do during a massage treatment?
Change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. If you need anything or you are not comfortable, please speak up. At times you may be asked to move as part of your treatment, for example if stretching or mobilisation is required. In general though, it's your massage, so do whatever is comfortable for you.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average massage treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes. New clients will benefit from a 90 minute treatment to allow time for the initial assessment and health history. A half-hour appointment may be enough time to treat an agreed area such as neck, shoulders, back, or legs and feet; but would not be sufficient time for the first appointment.
Many people prefer a 90 minute treatment for optimal relaxation.
Will the massage hurt?
All massage should be performed at a comfortable pressure for you. Always give your therapist feedback about pressure before and during the massage.
How often should I get a massage?
Regular maintenance massage will have many benefits. If you would like to manage a specific condition your therapist will work on a treatment plan with you.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed with an increased sense of wellbeing. You may feel relief from aches, pain, and symptoms of stress. Others report an increase in energy along with enhanced wellbeing.
After your session you should consider increasing the amount of water you drink.
When shouldn't I have a massage?
You should not have a massage if you are unwell, experiencing a fever, have a cold or infectious skin condition. If you have a diagnosed medical condition like cancer or cardiovascular disease you should see your GP prior to considering massage. There are some other circumstances in which your therapist will not provide treatment, for example if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are not sure, please contact your therapist.
Last time I had a massage I felt very emotional, is this normal?
Some people will experience an emotional response to massage, yes it's normal! Given the busy lives we all lead, massage can allow us space to notice what is going on in our emotional lives. For some people the simple act of being touched can trigger feelings or emotions. The important thing is to try to relax and enjoy the massage experience, supported by your therapist. Remember your therapist is a professional, and your personal information and all conversations are confidential and respected.
If you are interested in the mind/body connection in relation to feelings, emotions and massage, your therapist can direct you to some great reading material or other helpful professional services.
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