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Let’s help each other out; here are some of the most common questions our guests ask about massage therapy. If we missed one, please feel free to contact us through message or give us a call. Making sure you are comfortable and confident before every visit is something we value very much.
Here are some of the most common questions our guests ask about massage therapy.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy appointment?
There may be restrictions on the kind of massage treatment you can receive. So, before your first visit, you may be required to fill out a form with information on your health history. The therapist will then ask you some questions to determine if massage is appropriate for you and to know if there is any health or physical condition that should be put into consideration during the massage. The therapist will also need to know the parts of your body you would like the therapy administered on. The therapist may further evaluate your condition to identify the chief complaint by performing certain assessments.
Before the commencement of the massage therapy, it is crucial that you list all health concerns and medications to ensure that the therapy is personalized to your needs. You should also state if you have an allergy, so the therapist can avoid using any oil or lotion that can trigger a reaction.
What is medical massage therapy?
Unlike traditional massage, medical massage therapy focuses on relieving a medical condition. The physician prescribes it as part of the treatment plan of the patient.
Medical massage therapy can improve the wellbeing and health of individuals suffering from various conditions, including migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety, reduce inflammation and pain, aid digestion, improve flexibility, among others.
Who is a certified medical massage practitioner?
Some therapists may claim to be a certified medical massage practitioner, but they are not if they do not attend special classes or trained to become one. Using various massage techniques and protocols, a medical massage therapist will only work on the part of the body a physician has prescribed treatment for. Certified medical massage practitioners are often held in high regard and receive compensation similar to that of chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals.
Are there differences between a spa massage and a medical massage?
Yes, there are, with the main differences being in the purpose of the massage and the reasons why a person chose one over the other. Spa massage usually focuses on the relaxation and comfort of a client while medical massage aims to treat health concerns of a patient. Getting a spa massage is also often a client’s own choice while medical massage is prescribed by a health practitioner.
Another area where these two differ is in massage techniques. While spa massage primarily involves the use of Swedish, deep tissue and circulatory massage techniques, medical massage further adopts myofascial treatments, neuromuscular “trigger point” therapy, and other clinical techniques.
What is the difference between a medical massage therapist and a general massage therapist?
Medical massage therapists have a high level of training and experience and usually work in clinics and hospitals. They give treatments to patients based on the orders of a physician and focus mainly on healing injuries, increasing circulation, or even improving the function of a part of the body.
On the other hand, general massage therapists work in spas and work mainly to help a client relax and reduce stress.
What does a medical massage therapist do?
A medical massage therapist is a licensed and certified massage therapist that treats health conditions and reduces pain and stress based on the diagnosis of a physician. Nowadays, hospitals and medical centers are increasingly combining traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and alternative medicine approaches, leading to an increase in the use of medical massage therapy.
What does a massage therapist’s license or certification mean?
A license or certification means that a massage therapist has been approved by the state to practice. To acquire a license, a massage therapist will have to take and pass a licensing examination as well as meet other requirements set by the medical licensing board.
How often should I get a massage?
How often you should get a massage depends on your needs and budget, and thus varies from one person to another. However, what is certain is that getting a massage is better than none at all.
If you are looking to relax your muscle and keep it in good shape, having a session every 3 – 6 weeks may be best. If you have a specific issue to address or are in severe pain, then, you might need to begin with a weekly session, which reduces as you improve.
To know how frequent, you should get a massage, discuss with your massage therapist after your first treatment when your needs are better understood.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
Your level of undress during a massage therapy is entirely up to you. You may completely undress, or if you wish, leave your undergarments on. Most, however, prefer to be completely undressed when having a full body massage.
If you will be nervous or won’t be comfortable if you are naked underneath the drapes, then the purpose of the massage will be defeated. Thus, you are welcome to leave your underwear on. The therapist will work around the clothes as much possible. Before the commencement of the massage session, the therapist will allow you to undress in privacy.
Do I have to cover myself with a towel or sheet?
Covering yourself with a sheet or towel is known as draping. It depends on the therapists and sometimes, the law. Most therapists, however, prefer that you have a sheet covering you before the treatment begins. During the session, the therapists will only uncover the area of your body being worked on.
A sheet covers the genitals (for men and women) and breast (for women) and won’t be removed. If the abdomen of a woman requires treatment, a second sheet is draped over the breast so that the main sheet can be moved, and the abdomen exposed.
What do I need to do during a massage treatment?
The only thing you need to do is to make yourself comfortable. If necessary, the therapist will move you or ask you to change your position. You can also change position or move without the approval of the therapist if you’d be more comfortable. Some people enjoy talking during a massage session, and many others completely shut their eyes. It’s your massage, and you should get the best out of it. So, feel free to do what comes naturally to you.
How long will a massage treatment last?
How long a massage lasts depends on the type of massage treatment you are getting. Full body massage sessions take approximately one hour while partial massage sessions, such as legs and feet, neck or shoulder, last 30 minutes.
You could also, like many people, opt for a 90-minute session for maximum relaxation and efficient body treatment. You should also try to relax before and after a massage session for best results.
Will the massage hurt?
It depends on the massage type you are getting. Light massages are superficial and will not hurt. However, deep tissue massages may produce a minimal feeling of discomfort, especially if it’s your first time, but definitely not pain. The minor discomfort occurs because deep tissue massages involve applying increased pressure to reach the deeper tissues of your body, so you can get the best result.
If you feel pain during a massage, it could be an indication that you have an injury or an inflammation. The therapist will adjust the pressure to reduce the pain and make you as comfortable as possible.
Shouldn't I see a male therapist if I want a really deep massage?
No, our male and female therapists are experts in all types of massage therapy and can deliver treatments that best suit you. The perception that male therapists are better at giving deep massages is just what it is; a myth.
That said, therapists have their styles and preferences. While some specialize in giving deep massages, others are more comfortable with light massages. Before your appointment, it would be a good idea to ask for a therapist that offers deep/light massages. And during the session, you can also state whether you prefer a deeper or lighter pressure.
After my massage treatment, how will I feel?
Most people feel instantly relaxed. You may experience a significant reduction of long-term pains and aches. Many others feel energized and have increased productivity and mental awareness, which can last for days after the therapy.
It isn’t abnormal if, the day after a deep massage, you feel sore – much like an intense workout. You could take a hot shower or dip yourself in a hot tub to help ease the feelings. After your massage, you should take more water to stay hydrated and healthy.
How many sessions will I need?
There’s no single answer to this question as every person has unique needs, conditions, and reasons for seeking therapy. After your first session and a careful evaluation of your physical conditions, your therapist will be more specific based on your needs. We might even suggest a personalized treatment plan to help accelerate your wellness goals.
When should I not get a massage?
Although most people benefit from getting massaged, it’s best you avoid it in some instances. When you have a contagious skin infection, the flu or fever, you should avoid getting a massage.
In some other situations such as if you have cancer, some heart conditions or are pregnant; it’s best you get your doctor’s approval. Most other conditions, including arthritis and osteoporosis, only require the therapist to change techniques. The therapist can also avoid working on areas where you have burns or cut.
That said, talk to your therapist for advice about your specific needs.