How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. 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.
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 and 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. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Massage has a physical and emotional component. Some people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Some people may feel sore. It depends on the individual and type of massage they received. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment. When you receive a massage, the muscles and tissues release on an emotional level in much the same way they release physical tension. This letting go manifests in many forms -- an audible sigh, laughter, muscle twitching or even tears. In the safe, nurturing space of a therapy room, people are able to let down their defenses, making these kinds of emotional releases a common occurrence.
What is Massage Cupping?
Cupping is a technique that utilizes negative pressure (suction) to release stagnant/stuck blood and fluid from tissue and bring it to the surface to be carried out through the circulation and lymphatic systems. This allows new oxygenated blood to flow into the area and bring nutrients to the area to promote healing. Cupping in the massage setting is most commonly performed by placing plastic cups on a selected area and creating a vacuum seal on the skin. This creates the pulling effect of drawing fluids to the surface. Cupping Massage Therapy Consent Form must be signed before cupping will be performed. This form can be found in Client Forms.