Many of us have many questions we would like to know before booking our first massage. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
What to expect when booking a massage
We will discuss together, during the consultation, any injuries, medication or any other conditions relevant to massage, and if you’re allergic to anything etc.
We will talk about what you want out of your massage, to highlight areas of particular tension and focus on this area. I normally suggest a 60 minute massage to do this, depending on what areas were discussed.
I will talk through what clothing to wear, what to take off which will be to your comfort level and if you need to lie face up or down on the bed depending what areas are being worked. I will leave the room for a short time and ask if you are ready before re-entering the room. Draping of the fabric will always cover areas that are not being massaged, so don’t worry, you’re dignity will stay in tact.
The amount of pressure all depends what you are comfortable with, so will be agreeing and checking in with you what pressure you are comfortable with, after all this is your massage and want you to feel your best self.
After your massage we will discuss after care advice and any advice that may help in between massages. I recommend that a monthly massage is great for keeping tension at bay or a course of treatment more often if there are areas that need more work, releasing tension and breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesion’s.
What do I do during treatment
Make yourself comfortable and relax. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. We highly encourage you to do whatever feels natural to you.
If your position needs adjusting, we will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Of course, you may change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. You can always ask us questions at any time.
Will the massage hurt
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, therapeutic massage shouldn’t hurt since your therapy isn’t getting deep into the muscles. With deep tissue massage, you may experience a ‘feels good’ hurt range at some points of your session.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed. This means the pressure needs to be adjusted. When in pain, you may tighten muscles and minimize the relaxing effects of the massage. If you feel discomfort, let your massage therapist know.
The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it. Our licensed therapists can adjust as needed.
What is a deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage therapy requires firm pressure in order to reach the deeper layers of muscle. This type of therapy is effective in relieving pain and chronic aches. The most common areas of the body to receive this massage is on the upper back, lower back and in the neck area. Some (especially athletes) may also ask for this therapy for the leg and shoulder area.
No Pain No Gain?
Just like soreness post-workout, pain isn’t a sign that your deep tissue massage was effective. If you end up feeling pain during your massage and it’s not tolerable, you should always let us know. We will be able to use different pressure and adjust how we proceed with the rest of your massage therapy session.
What to expect after a deep tissue massage
Since a deep tissue massage requires firm pressure, after your deep tissue massage you may notice:
Sore or aching muscles.
This may feel like you just had a good workout. The soreness should go away after 24-36 hours. Some people find that drinking a little extra water may help with the soreness.
Pain may occur because your muscles are not used to the deep treatment. This should subside. However if it does not, you should contact your massage therapist immediately and ice your back or the point of soreness. After a deep tissue massage, you may experience a slight headache, which is fairly common and also subsides with time.
After the massage, it is common to feel tired or fatigued. This may occur due to the fact your muscles are (finally) relaxing and/or your stress has been relieved. This effect shouldn’t last too long after your treatment and it is fine to sleep after a massage. In some cases, people even fall asleep during a massage!
Remember, you want your deep tissue massage to be beneficial to your body not harmful. If you are highly uncomfortable during your massage, make sure to let us know.
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