Understand What to Expect During Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is safe and given in a private place so a client will feel secure. Massage has been around for a very long time so it has many different variations. A person receiving a massage will choose what type of massage to receive. Certain equipment and supplies are used during a massage. Physical therapists may incorporate massage to help patients heal. When you know what to expect during massage therapy, the massage is sure to be pleasant and satisfying.
Before the first massage the massage therapist will ask some questions about a client’s health condition and medical history. The therapist may also ask if any pain is being experienced and if the client is under any stress. By answering these questions honestly, the massage therapist is able to make sure it is safe for a client to receive a massage.
The actual massage is given in a private room. After a client is shown to a room, they will have the option of unclothing, but only to their level of comfort. They will then lie on the massage table under a sheet or blanket. The massage therapist will uncover only the part of the body that is being massaged.
The idea and practice of massage dates back to the earliest of times. There are many styles that have been created by different cultures around the entire globe. Regardless of what type of massage is received the same results are achieved. Some notable results are improvement of circulation, pain relief, and just good old relaxation. Swedish massage is one type of massage that is used very often. Swedish massage is characterized by long, flowing, light strokes which are always towards the heart.
Another well-known massage is stone therapy. The massage therapist will use warm or cold rocks placed on specific parts of a client’s body. They may also be held in the therapist’s hands to give a massage. The stones are usually river rocks that are flat and even.
When given in a professional setting, a massage will usually be given on a table. The table can be portable or stationary depending on if a massage is given in the therapist’s office or whether it is given in a different location. Clean linens will be on the massage table. They help provide comfort and help a client maintain privacy. A massage therapist uses their hands, hand rollers, backnobbers, or a combination to give the massage. Usually hypoallergenic lotions, oils, or creams are used during the massage to eliminate friction on skin.
To facilitate relaxation, the massage room is kept comfortably, warm. Often, the lighting is dim and candles may be lit. Music can be played softly in the background. Lightly scented oils, known as aromatherapy are sometimes used to help with the ambiance of the massage room.
Doctors may suggest a patient receive massage with a physical therapist. Physical therapists can incorporate massage to help a patient heal faster. A physical therapist uses the same supplies and equipment that a massage therapist uses.
Massage is safe for almost anyone. It is done privately. There are many different styles of massage, so there is something for everyone. A patient may receive massage as part of physical therapy, or as recommended by a doctor. Because there are so many different types of massage, there is sure to be something for everyone. Knowing what to expect during massage therapy may help a client to relax and get the most out of a session.