Therapeutic Massage: Frequently Asked Questions
by Roberta Wind, LMT
What takes place during a therapeutic massage?
Upon arrival you will be asked to complete a confidential intake form and health history. The therapist will discuss your expectations and explain the benefits of massage therapy specific to your needs. Before the session you will privately remove your clothes to your comfort level and go under the sheet and blanket lying face down (prone) The therapist will begin with an assessment using compression techniques and be able to evaluate your needs. You will remain fully draped except for the areas being massaged. Using a light cream, the therapist will perform therapy using various techniques to promote circulation and healing, asking for feedback on comfortable pressure. The goal is to promote circulation and help the client relax, utilizing other tools such as relaxing music, aromatherapy in a quiet comfortable setting The only interruption to your session will be when asked to turn over to massage the body in face up position (supine) After the session, feel free to ask questions and the therapist will offer suggestions to continue your wellness at home and discuss further sessions. Drinking more water than usual after the session will help continue the effects of massage by releasing any toxins in the body.
What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 72% indicate the prime reason people receive massage is medical: 43% medical, 29% stress. Some benefits listed below:
Increase range of motion
Reduce fibromyalgia pain
Reduce Low back pain
Reduce postoperative pain
Reduce joint replacement pain
Manage low back pain
Help chronic neck pain
Reduce muscle tension
Relieve tension headaches
Ease symptoms of depression
Reduce osteoarthritis pain
Decrease migraine frequency
Improve cardiovascular health
Improve balance in older people
Decrease rheumatoid arthritis
Temper effects of dementia
Lower blood pressure
How often should I receive a massage?
Many clients are receiving massage in coordination with Dr. Selma acupuncture or Dr. Gary functional medicine sessions. Massage therapy complements their healing and appointments can be made in coordination with their sessions to help with ease of scheduling. A good strategy is to listen to your body and follow its lead as to how you feel when receiving massage and how it helps in your quest for wellness. The massage therapist is happy to accommodate your busy schedule and the receptionist will make appropriate appointments for you. If you prefer continual massage therapy you can discuss packages such as buy 5 sessions and get the 6th free. Take advantage of the upgrades such as hot stone therapy, reiki energy, reflexology, cold stone facials, foot scrubs and aromatherapy to enhance your experience.
Am I expected to tip the massage therapist?
Tips are not expected but very appreciated. Massage therapists receive a percentage of the massage fee and clients typically show their appreciation for a session with an average of 10 to 25%
Who can benefit from massage?
Call to book your relaxation with Roberta today by calling 630.428.9001