How will massage therapy help me?
One of the main reasons people seek massage therapy is the overwhelming amount of stress that our busy lives have caused. Massage helps to reduce some of that stress and allows the body to gain more energy to reduce stress-related disorders such as: depression, anxiety, chronic muscle pains, and headaches. Massage helps your body to replenish nutrients and increase the amount of oxygen received by your cells, which makes your cells more able to remove unwanted wastes quicker and easier.
Does massage hurt?
Everyone has different tolerance levels; massage therapy should never “hurt”. The therapist will keep an open line of communication to ensure you’re comfortable.
Can you really injure yourself while stretching?
Yes. Too-vigorous stretching, stretching until it hurts, or holding the stretch too long is not recommended. Stretching should feel good. You should stretch to the point of mild discomfort, at most, and then ease up.
The old saying “no pain no gain” is not true with respect to massage therapy. Some discomfort is normal with deep tissue work but if you feel pain, are holding your breath, or feel like you need to pull away then the pressure is too deep for you. Please let your therapist know if you would like more or less pressure.
What do I wear?
When on a massage table, the whole body is covered with a sheet (and sometimes a blanket), with the exception of the area being treated. The R.M.T. will ask you to undress to your level of comfort. Some people prefer to leave on their underwear or briefs. You do what is comfortable for you. Your privacy will always be respected. You may receive a massage while you are fully clothed if that would be your preference.
What will I feel like after a massage?
Responses to massage vary for each individual. Some feel rejuvenated and refreshed while others may feel slightly groggy, achy, or under the weather due to the release of toxins into the bloodstream. This is why it is recommended that you drink plenty of water after your massage visit.
How often should I get a massage?
As often as 2-3 times per week for extreme/acute cases, or about once or twice a month for maintenance is recommended. Your therapist will make a treatment plan recommendation but ultimately the choice is yours.
What should I do during the massage?
Make yourself comfortable. The R.M.T. will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the R.M.T. questions about your treatment, exercises, or about the particular technique you are receiving.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that before you begin your session, you will need to complete a general health form. It is very important that you inform the therapist of any health problems, allergies or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive approval for massage therapy prior to any session.
Do I need a referral to see a massage therapist?
No. Although many physicians refer patients for massage therapy treatment, Registered Massage Therapists are primary health care providers who assess and treat people independently. You have direct access to a massage therapist. However, ICBC, DVA, Blue Cross and many other extended medical plans require a doctor’s referral for coverage.
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