Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissues structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle tension, and stress, as well as to promote health and wellness. It improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury or illness. It promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which in turn promote physical and mental wellness.
2. What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. With a general massage (Swedish), the session may begin with broad slowing strokes to help calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body relaxes, pressure will be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscle tension. Don't be afraid to communicate with your massage therapist. If the pressure is too much (or conversely, not enough), speak up.
3. Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the areas being worked on will be exposed. Traditionally massages are performed with the client unclothed beneath the draping sheets, however, you may decide what clothing you prefer to remain wearing. A massage is about your comfort. The massage room is also kept at a comfortable temperature.
4. How long will the session last?
The average full-body massage lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders only.
5. What should I expect after the massage/bodywork session?
Most people feel relaxed and/or refreshed after a massage. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. It's important that you drink plenty of water afterwards since toxins are released from your soft tissues by massage. Water helps flush those toxins from the body.