WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy is the warming up and manipulation of skin, tissues and muscle through the utilization of specific strokes and movements. The intention is to bring about change in the tissues, increase pliability, break up adhesions in muscle fibers and increase blood circulation thereby improving your health and well-being.
WHO CAN RECEIVE MASSAGE THERAPY?
Almost anyone from infants to seniors may receive massage. There are, however, certain health conditions that massage would not be recommended. Please see listed contraindications. If you have a health concern, please check with your health care provider prior to making an appointment.
HOW DOES THE FIRST SESSION WORK?
Your first session with Therapy To Go will consist of filling out a health history form after which your health concerns, if any, will be discussed as well as your expectations for your session. Then you will be left alone to undress and get on the massage table.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF?
You may remove as much or as little clothing depending on your comfort level. Total nudity is not necessary; underclothing may be left on.
WILL I BE COVERED UP?
You will be covered by a sheet at all times. Proper draping ensures your modesty will be preserved. Only the body area that is being worked on will be uncovered. If you are cold, a blanket can be added on top. If you get too hot the sheet can be removed from your legs and arms but genitals and breasts will be covered at all times.
BUT I’M TICKLISH!
Being ticklish is a body defense against not knowing what is going to happen or thinking that you will be tickled on purpose. The therapist is not going to tickle you on purpose nor will the therapist jab or poke you. Very few people are ticklish in more than one spot on their bodies. The area can still be worked on by utilizing breathing techniques or varying the pressure.
WILL IT HURT?
The therapist will using varying degrees of pressure to warm up the muscles at first before sinking in with more pressure. If you have never received professional massage before and you have tight muscles, the pressure put on those muscles might be uncomfortable at first. Sometimes, though, a strong pressure is needed to break up adhesions. The therapist will work with you by using breathing techniques to help ease the pain. The massage therapy session is for your benefit. You have the right to say “Lighten up, More pressure or That’s enough work for now.”
CAN I TALK DURING THE MASSAGE?
Questions and feedback regarding your massage are always welcome during the session. Some clients naturally talk as they relax, some are quiet. Each session might vary for you. Minimal conversation enables you to appreciate your massage and focus on how your body and mind are releasing tension. Try to let yourself relax as completely as possible, close your eyes and enjoy.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY MASSAGE?
You will be relaxed, get relief from the symptoms of stress and/or pain and have an improved sense of well-being. If you feel any differently, be sure to discuss it with your therapist.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A MASSAGE?
If you and your therapist are working together to improve and/or rid your body of a certain problem, i.e.: tendonitis, back pain, etc… then frequent sessions will be set up at first. The frequency will then decrease as less work is needed. Time and money are, of course, huge factors in your decision. Weekly massage sessions instill the greatest benefit to your body and mind. E very other week offers you many benefits that will eventually carry on to the next session. Once a month is a treat to your body. Every month, the session will be a new experience for your body therefore it will take a greater amount of time for your muscles to retain that memory of correction.