Massage is one of the earliest healing practices and is found in writings as early as 2,000 B.C. Since then, the art of massage has been shared world-wide, evolved through cultures, and proven through science to be wildly effective in promoting and maintaining physical, emotional, and mental health. Whether your intention for massage is just to “feel better” or it’s part of a multi-modality recovery plan from an injury; whether this is your 100th massage or your first- benefits abound!
Beyond the general benefits of soothing aching muscles, relieving stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, increasing range of motion, enhancing exercise performance, and helping you sleep better, did you know Massage Therapy can ease the symptoms of specific diagnoses too? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, depression, fibromyalgia pain, and the effects of dementia are all improved through Massage. Massage is also a wonderful addition to post-operative recovery plans and is very successful in reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue and anxiety in cancer populations.
Essentially, massage therapy has benefits for everyone! Below are some things you can expect during your massage session and tips for making it a success.
First things first: Arrive early so your session can start on time. Use the time to fill out any forms, use the restroom, or just to sit and breathe to get yourself ready to receive massage. Finish any last-minute texts or emails, and then- turn your phone off so as to not disturb yourself or others receiving treatment.
Before your session begins, your therapist will confirm your treatment and discuss your intentions for the session. From this conversation, suggestions or adjustments to the session might be made so that your needs and intentions are met. Open communication between client and therapist before, during, and after your session will make your session a success. Be sure to communicate any medical issues, surgeries or skin conditions. Your therapist will then leave the room so that you can undress to your comfort level and get on the table underneath the sheets/blanket.
During your session, feel free to communicate to your therapist if you’d like a change of any kind. Things like pressure, temperature, lighting, or music volume are a few things your therapist can typically adjust to make your session more enjoyable.
At the end of your session, your therapist will let you know that it’s over and then leave the room so that you can rise from the table and get dressed. You will feel very relaxed so rise slowly and enjoy your state of relaxation. Take your time getting dressed, but also keep in mind your therapist probably has another appointment after you.
After your session, you might feel relaxed or energized depending on the type and length of treatment. One of the benefits of massage is body awareness so take in what your body is communicating to you and come back and see us!For more information, Contact Us at Mount Sterling, KY Center.