Accidents, repetitive actions and everyday stresses can cause problems that sometimes seem to take up residency in our bodies. If tension, pain or restricted movement keep you from living the life you want, massage can help. A gentle and effective therapy, massage can relieve pain and help the body begin healing from certain conditions and prevent their return.
Massage is your ally in health
Research shows that massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The result is a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can help alleviate the wide variety of conditions listed, but not limited to, below:
- Tight & painful muscles
- Post-exercise soreness
- Pain or tingling in arms or legs
- Fluid retention
How will a massage feel?
Massage on normal tissue is almost always pleasant. In an area of injury or chronic pain, massage may at first cause some discomfort which usually subsides quickly. Your therapist knows ways to minimize pain without sacrificing effectiveness. Tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so she can adjust the approach.
Your personalized plan
Each session is customized to your needs and will consist of bodywork and manual therapy that best helps you achieve better health and less stress. If your body can relax, your body can begin healing. On your first visit, general health questions will be asked such as allergies, current medications, area of concern, level on discomfort/pain, whether have you seen a doctor if your are experiencing chronic pain. Following questions, there will be an assessment of your problem area to determine the best approach to help you. The appropriate frequency, duration and number of massage sessions will depend on your problem, its severity and how long you have had it, as well as your general health.
There are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate so inform your therapist of even minor problems. Also be aware that some conditions require ongoing communication between your therapist and primary health practitioner.