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What is Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage

Massage Therapy is an integral part of your health maintenance plan.

The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative and have its greatest benefits over time. If you are trying to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session may be required.

Massage Therapy can help

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Increase lymph flow
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase length of muscles
  • Decrease adhesions
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease recovery time from injuries
  • Enhance feelings of well being
  • Correct muscle imbalances

What to Expect Your First Visit

Please remember to:

  • Bring your referral form from your Physician (if applicable)
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Bring a list of all prescribed medications

At Your First Session You may be asked questions such as:

  • Your current physical condition and medical history
  • Your primary concern and goals for the treatment

Before the Massage Treatment:

  • We will ensure you have no conditions that rule out having a massage
  • We may ask you to perform some specific tests to help isolate the structures involved. (note: it is your right to refuse any tests that make you feel
  • uncomfortable)
  • We will explain the benefits of massage and any side effects you may experience.
  • We will discuss areas to be worked on. We will not massage the gluteal or breast region unless necessary and with your specific consent.
  • We will ask you to undress to your comfort level once we leave the room and will explain the draping procedures.
  • We will give you the opportunity to ask questions
  • We will ask for your consent to proceed with the massage treatment.
  • We will provide privacy for you to undress and will not re-enter until we have your permission to.

During the treatment:

  • There will be soft music playing. If you prefer no music, please let us know.
  • We will be suing a non-allergenic lotion.
  • We will never massage the genital region, nor will this region be exposed.
  • We will explain advanced techniques to you before we proceed, especially if they may cause discomfort.
  • We will let you know when the massage session is complete and ask if you need assistance getting off the table.

After the treatment:

We will provide you with privacy once again to re-dress.

We will show you exercises and home care if necessary and will ask you to perform the exercises so that we are confident you are doing them correctly and

will not cause further injury.

We will inform you of an appropriate treatment plan to help you restore and enhance your quality of life.

Get the Most from Your Massage

Before your session:

  • Be receptive and open. Know that you are protected under the new Privacy Act. Policies are in place to ensure your privacy.
  • Do not eat just before a massage session.
  • Be on time. Please let your Massage Therapist know 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel.
  • Please allow for extra on your initial visit to fill out forms, answer questions and undergo an assessment.
  • If you are uncomfortable undressing to undergarments please wear clothing that you will be comfortable wearing during the massage.
  • Give the Massage Therapist accurate health information
  • Let your Massage Therapist know what your goals are.

During the Massage Session:

  • Report any discomfort or distractions such as room temperature, music volume lighting etc.
  • Give feedback to your Therapist regarding amount of pressure, rate of movement etc.
  • Discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It is important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage.
  • Let your Therapist know if you would like quiet during the massage. She will respect your wishes and not initiate conversation unless to ask about comfort.
  • Concentrate on deep breathing to facilitate relaxation
  • Focus on relaxing, especially if you feel your muscles tightening during the massage.

**Remember, you have the right to ask your Therapist to change, alter or stop the treatment all together if you feel uncomfortable at any time.**

After the Massage:

  • If you are dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table to fast. If you need help getting off the table, do not hesitate to ask.
  • Drink extra water after the massage.
  • Have an Epsom salt bath.
  • Allow for some quiet time after your massage.
  • Follow the recommended exercises provided by your Therapist.
  • Consider the appropriate treatment plan as explained by your Therapist.