Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All The Right Questions

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question
and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

-Lloyd Alexander     

There is always a first time for everything. And as for getting a Massage for the first time then, perhaps, you have questions. Most of my new clients, whether in my affiliate clinic, or in my private practice, have the same questions asked in different ways, here are a selected few I addressed on top of that list.

What is Massage?

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

A Single Massage Therapy Session aside from general relaxation, can help relieve pain due to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Reduction of anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate has also been cited as temporary effects of a single session of massage therapy.

Multiple sessions of massage when combined with education and exercises, can help acute, sub-acute and chronic myosekeletal injuries. Furthermore, regular massage has been shown to reduce pain experienced in the days or weeks after treatment. It has also been shown in a some studies that regular massage not only reduces anxiety, but also decreases a person's general susceptibility to it. (AMTA)

Who can benefit from a massage?

Anybody can benefit from massage therapy. Each massage session can be modified -"customized" to each individuals unique needs, goals and health condition. A complete assessment (commonly known as an 'intake') is done before a session to determine what is right for you, or if it is indicated to receive a massage. Upon physicians permission, even those who have some form of medical condition can benefit from massage therapy as a form of complementary method of treatment in conjuction with the allied healthcare they are already receiving.

What kind of massage is best for me?
What kind of massage should I choose?
An intake or assessment is done before your first session for your massage therapist to customized a massage treatment especially for you. It is based on your own need, goals and wants/preference on that particular moment. You can always ask your therapist to discuss each techniques with you and how they will be infused on your session for that particular time.

What do I need to do before/ during/ after I receive a massage?
In general, if you are to receive a massage, whether, for the first time or your next one, you can get the most from your treatment if you:

  • Have an empty stomach without being hungry.

  • Prepare mentally. Have a meditative mindset, and let go of your troubles. “No therapist can do more for you than you are willing to do for yourself.”

  • Be clear about your goals. Be sure to mention any painful, sensitive areas on your body or any current medical problems.

During a massage session:

  • Listen to your body and speak up especially if a certain technique hurts. “The body doesn’t lie.”

After your session:

  • Give yourself ample time for re-entry. The positive effects of bodywork often continue after a session is over.

  • Try to let the experience sink in before diving back into the world of demands and responsibilities.

If you have any other question about Massage Therapy, you can check this websites out.

- Leo Feraer-Oporto

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