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Before the Massage:
Where Will My Massage Be?
In a room within Central Baldivis Physiotherapy . The room is fairly comfortable with a table in the centre, specifically for massage, and music playing in the background.
What Happens Before the Massage Starts?
If it’s your first session, you will fill in a general health form either in the reception or in the treatment room, and then discuss your problems/injury/issues and how best to treat them. For regular clients, you will both work out what treatment plan would be best for that session. Cindy will then instruct you how to lay on the table and leave the room while you get undressed.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
No. Most remedial massage techniques are performed with the client in underwear. If the treatment plan calls for just one area e.g. the shoulders, you may just need your top half off. If you are uncomfortable undressing please discuss it with your therapist. After you undress and lay on the table covered by towels, your therapist will knock and enter the room. You will be properly draped with towels during the entire session.
During the Massage:
What Will the Massage Feel Like?
It all depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish/relaxation massage to warm up the body. Remedial massage techniques will then be applied to specific areas of tension or pain. Some techniques will be light and relaxing, some techniques may feel uncomfortable and some may be slightly painful. Some pain can be expected when releasing knots or extremely tense muscles, but excess pain is unwanted as it can make your muscles tense up again. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin.
Are There Different Kinds of Massage?
The massage used here is generally either remedial or relaxation, or a mixture of the two depending on what you need. There are many massage techniques that fall under the title “remedial” and you can ask the therapist what techniques she uses.
What Should I Do During the Massage Session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the techniques or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. Some people prefer to talk/chat during the session, but it is completely your choice to talk or relax. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask the practitioner.
After the Massage:
How Will I Feel After the Massage Session?
Most people will feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down/relaxed, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, there may be an inflammatory response to flush out these toxins. It is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage to assist in this process. It is also normal to experience tenderness in the area worked or an achy feeling.
What Are the Benefits of Massage?
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Good to Know:
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's important that before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems you have or medications you are taking. If you are under strict medical care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.