What are the benefits of massage?
Massage lowers the heart rate and blood pressure while increasing endorphins, allowing for stress relief and improved mood. It can lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone that can lead to sleeplessness, headaches and even digestive problems. By stimulating the production of synovial fluid, a natural lubricant of the joints, massage can lead to greater range and ease of joint movement. Massage relieves muscular tension, bringing healthier and more comfortable alignment in the entire body. Massage can aid in managing chronic pain by increasing serotonin, the body’s natural pain reliever, and lowering anxiety.
What will the massage be like?
A massage therapy session begins with an assessment of how you are feeling and where you would like to see improvement. I may ask some questions or make observations. I will then leave the room while you get undressed and settled under the sheet and blanket. Many people undress to their undergarments–the client is free to undress to their comfort level. The body will be covered, only undraped in the area being massaged. I will check in during the massage to ensure that you are comfortable with the pressure. Please speak up if you would like to make any adjustments. After the hands-on time I will leave the room while you redress. I will return with water and ask for any feedback. Sometime massage can make one feel lightheaded, so feel free to use the waiting room to relax and drink more water after the massage.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
The client determines what areas of the body they would like massaged–back, legs, arms, hands, neck, face, etc. You may choose to have a full-body massage or focus on an area of concern. If there is an area of the body that you would not like to be contacted, please communicate this. Under no circumstances will the genitals or breasts (female) be contacted in a massage therapy session.
How often should I receive a massage?
This differs from client to client. Some may benefit from weekly massage while others may only need a massage every other month. An active lifestyle, including movement and stretching, will help maintain the benefits of massage.