Therapeutic massage therapy is an integral part of your health care treatment plan. Utilized with any of our services or as a stand alone treatment, massage can be very helpful for simple relaxation or health and wellness. Injuries, stress, chronic pain or as a means of obtaining balance in life are just a few of the many reasons people utilize massage therapy. Regular massage can even help you achieve your preventative health and wellness goals.
Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Massage therapy today is considered to be very effective at complementing traditional medical treatment.It works by improving circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Medical doctors refer people to massage therapists every day to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia and connective tissue.
On your first visit, your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints. The Massage Therapist will then develop an individualized treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return to your normal activities.
Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body. Our experienced & professional Registered Massage Therapists will carefully customize a massage to best suit your needs.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level based on the areas your therapist will be working on. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to get yourself comfortable, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
Your massage therapist can also provide important treatment without removing your clothing if you feel more comfortable with that. Our massage therapists are professionally trained to treat your body with respect and discretion and it is important to us that you feel comfortable during your treatment. If you have any concerns about disrobing, please do not hesitate to talk to your Massage Therapist so that together you can find a treatment option that makes you comfortable.
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
It usually depends on the techniques used. Our massage therapists use several different techniques including the traditional Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Our massage therapists use hypoallergenic, naturally based massage oils and lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion, do not hesitate to bring it to your massage therapist’s attention and she will make the appropriate changes and recommendations for you.
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. In our office, initial appointments are always booked for a minimum of 60 minutes in order to allow the therapist enough time for a short history and examination as well as treatment. Subsequent treatments are made as a team between you and your therapist, based on your goals and the therapists recommendations.
Most people 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, 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, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. We often recommend a hot Magnesium or Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful and usually diminishes in a short period of time after the massage is complete. Your therapist will discuss what to expect following treatment based on your individual assessment. While in the massage, a comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to your tolerance level. You can stop or change the treatment at any time and your therapist will modify their techniques to meet your needs.
Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.
Through mutual discussion, your Massage Therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs, lifestyle and health care goals. Your Massage Therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health.
In the province of Nova Scotia massage therapy is not covered by provincial health care. However, many employer and third party insurance plans cover massage therapy services, although some may require a referral from your physician or chiropractor. Please contact your insurance carrier for more details.
Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including: