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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT MASSAGE

What makes a "good" massage good?

Good communication between therapist and client as well as the foundations of trust are important to a good massage.  On the therapist's side, sensitivity and solid knowledge of the body's systems are key in communication and trust.  A relaxing environment is also important.

What is the difference between a spa massage and a Therapeutic Massage?

Spa massage is typically done in a general manner with standard movements that are done the same way on every person.  Many spas have strict guidelines that massage therapists must follow and often they have tight schedules that keep them moving as though on a conveyor belt.

 Therapeutic massage is typically performed by massage therapists that control their own schedules and can perform more "client specific" sessions.  This usually results in a "better" massage since each person's needs are so specific and we can look at and access each person as the unique individual they are.

Unlike standardized medicine, the foundation of massage therapy is rooted in the care for each individual and this means there is no "standard protocol." 

What improvements can I expect after a massage?

This answer depends on what issues you are looking to address.  If stress reduction is your primary motive for seeking massage treatment, the relaxation response is dependent on a good relationship with your therapist.  If you feel comfortable with your therapist and environment, the massage will be more beneficial.  If you are looking for help with issues such as chronic muscle spasm, soft tissue inflammation or other soft tissue injuries, improvement is more dependent on your therapist's knowledge of modalities that suit your situation. 

Why do I feel pain in some spots during a massage?

Some pain is common and is usually a result of manipulating the tissue in a new ways.  Lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic waste accumulate in areas of poor circulation.  Other factors such as nerve compression from misalignment of bones and muscle, poor postural habits, myofascial strain and other circumstances contribute to tissue breakdown.  In order to restore optimal tissue health, the sore areas need to be nourished and cleansed with fresh blood and lymph, massage does this by manipulating soft tissue and increasing circulation.

How is it possible massage helps with so many conditions?

No matter what disease or symptom you are suffering from, there are a few common components. Whether pain, muscle aches, gastric problems, immune disorders, heart disease, etc there are shared attributes. An accumulation of cellular waste, cellular oxygen depletion, cellular malnutrition, lymphatic congestions, and often hormonal and chemical imbalances cause suppression of the "normal" healthy dynamic state of the body. Massage can help cleanse the tissues at the cellular level, helping expel cellular waste and circulating nutrition to cells. Massage also provides relaxation and increases natural endorphins to help you feel great.

Why do I feel sick or dizzy after a massage?

Often, blood pressure drops as the body goes into parasympathetic mode (relaxation). If you get up too quickly you get a "head rush" because of the low blood pressure and this makes you dizzy.  Rolling onto your side and slowly pushing yourself into an upright position usually abates the problem.

Also during a massage, cellular waste is being circulated though your body at a higher rate and are waiting to be excreted from the body.  Some people have a reaction to this increase in the form of nausea or body aches.  Drinking lots of water helps with this.  

Why am I sore after a massage?

Soreness is a common physiological reaction to a massage.  Getting a massage is similar to doing a workout because of the stressing of tissue and release of cellular waste into the body.  If the muscles aren't used to getting a massage, soreness can result.  This should only last a day or two, and, just like with exercise, your body will acclimate itself over time.

Hydrating after a massage usually decreases soreness. Many times after our session, we will recommend to you ice, bath soak, stretching, or BioFreeze if we feel it will help with soreness.  If you are concerned about your soreness, please contact us.

Why should I drink water after a massage?

Chemicals are found everywhere in our lives: food, makeup, deodorant, air fresheners, etc.  These chemicals are absorbed into our cells along with cellular metabolic waste.  Massage increases circulation of blood and lymph, which in turn increases the amount of waste released back into the body.  Water helps speed the excretion of the this waste from the body.  Hydrating speeds the cleansing process.  A good rule of thumb for water intake is to drink half your body weight in ounces: 100 pound person should drink 50 ounces of water.

How often should I get a massage?

Most people in reasonably good health receive a massage once every 1-4 weeks.  However, the frequency of massage is determined on the individual client's needs and expectations.

More questions?

These questions are usually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding massage.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to ask Briana.  An informed client is active in the healing process and therefore heals more quickly.

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