What are the massage therapy benefits:
It depend on how well your therapist listens during your consultation. If you can communicate accurately what brought you to want a massage then your therapist should outline what they are going to do during your session. There should be a goal so that you can measure your progress over a series of massage therapy appointments. No single therapy session is going to adequately solve the problems you are having. Though you should feel a tremendous difference at the end of your session.
Once your consultation is over, your therapist will explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use and them implement them through either a “Therapeutic” or “Relaxing” massage modality.
In a typical massage therapy session you can wear loose fitting clothing or you can undress to the point that you are comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply. Remember that the music should help you relax but if it is too loud or soft we will be happy to adjust it for you so that you maximize the benefits of massage modality chosen.
Your therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Mention to your therapist if you have any aversion to certain fragrances or textures of oil.
A massage session may last from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
VERY IMPORTANT: If your therapist is pushing too hard you will not achieve the benefits of massage, so ask for lighter pressure. You are responsible to voice your preference of touch. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up. Massage therapy benefits are a result of communication between your therapist and yourself.
Many types of massage offer benefits beyond simple relaxation.
Here are just a few of the health problems that may benefit from massage. Ask your doctor before using massage for any health condition.
- Back pain. More than one study has shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back pain. In fact, one 2003 study showed it worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back pain — reducing the need for painkillers by 36%.
- Headache. Another type of pain — headache — also responds to massage therapy, as shown by more than one study. Massage therapy can reduce the number of migraines a person has and also improve sleep.
- Osteoarthritis. In the first clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function. The control group had no such change.
- Cancer. Used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue,nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your immune system.
- Anxiety. A review of more than 12 studies shows that massage helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And massage increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.