absolute privacy to the sessions. A sturdy massage table is used,
with the client draped. This allows the client to stay warm,
comfortable and maintain professionalism.
How To Enhance
Your Treatment Experience:
- Remove any
unnecessary jewelry that could cause scratching or interfere with
having a smooth massage.
- You'll feel more
comfortable if you don't eat for two hours before your session. If
you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider removing them. It may
add to your relaxing experience.
- Draping will be
employed for traditional massage. For other therapies wear loose
fitting comfortable clothing.
- Let your
therapist know if you have any medical or physical conditions which
might contraindicate certain types of treatment.
- If you're
concerned about getting oil on your hair, inform your therapist. You
won't want to miss out on a head massage!
yourself will allow you to tune in to your experience and relax more
- Do give your
therapist feedback regarding your experience and feel free to ask
any questions you'd like.
- Breathe deeply
and regularly, stressing your exhalation. Imagine your body becoming
heavy and sinking into the table or mat. As the therapist locates
areas of tension, consciously allow yourself to breath and relax
into those areas. Sometimes during a massage or other type of
treatment emotions will surface. It may be of great benefit to
release and work through them if you feel comfortable doing so.
Advice for a
recipient of professional massage:
If you aren't
comfortable with the Massage Therapist (MT) touching you the treatment
isn't going to help you regardless what techniques they use. Be sure to
tell them if something makes you uncomfortable, and feel free to ask
questions about anything they do. You should feel respected and honored,
and the session should provide opportunities for you to relax and get
back in touch with yourself.
Remember that any CMT
needs to know if you are seeing another practitioner, in order to make
sure the massage won't interfere.
Many people don't
know for instance that if they are taking drugs, even for chronic
illnesses, their dosages will often need to be decreased if they
regularly receive bodywork treatments
music is played in the background. Room is warm, softly lit with
candles, soothing and very relaxing. Aromatherapy is used, with
different choices of hot oil, as well as lotion to soften the dry spots.
The body will be more receptive if freshened just prior to a session.
We encourage our
clients to take care of themselves. We also suggest that they take a
more healthy holistic approach to life. This means practicing it on a
Everyone has a
different threshold for pain. After a deep massage, some may experience
soreness. That soreness may last anywhere from 10 minutes to a few days.
Nothing to worry about. That area is in the process of healing itself,
working its way back to being normal again. A follow up massage session
is one good way to soothing it.
As tough as it may
sound, we are so tired after a long hard day, we need to find something
within ourselves and exercise, replenishing the energy that was lost
while living our daily lives. Stretching is terrific. Yoga is another.
Here are some
suggestions for a healthier body: Eating the right foods, do a proper
amount of exercise, see their doctor and chiropractor regularly, and
take time out for themselves. Receiving therapeutic massages is one good
way of being pampered.
Breathe. Stop what you're doing and take ten long, deep,
cleansing breaths. On the inhale, imagine every muscle receiving oxygen.
On the exhale, breathe out long and slow and visualize the tension
leaving your body.
Stretch. Stand up and reach for the ceiling. Bend down and
touch your toes. The hamstring muscles tend to get tight after long
hours at the desk. Reach your left arm over and behind your head and
hold your right elbow while giving a gentle stretch. Repeat with the
other arm. Very slowly roll your head from front to side, side to back,
back to other side, and back to front, feeling a gentle stretch at each
point. Hold each stretch for 20-60 seconds while breathing deeply.
Exercise. If you can manage to squeeze in 5-10 minutes of
jumping jacks or just a brisk walk around the block or parking lot,
you'll find that even this small cardiovascular workout can make you
feel surprisingly rejuvenated and relaxed.