What does Sports Massage do?
Massage is an ancient art which uses manipulation of the body's soft tissue through kneading and lifting to stimulate circulation, increase lymphatic circulation and relax tense muscle tissue. It increases flexibility and mobility, and helps to remove lactic acid and other waste by-products from the body, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. When body is relaxed its autonomic functions such as breathing and digestion improve. Holistic practises combine techniques to aid and balance, not only the physical conditions of the body but also other levels of a person's emotional and physical state. Therefore, promoting general health and well-being.
What is a typical massage therapy session like?
A typical massage therapy session is between 30 to 90 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of systems, medical history, and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress to your underwear while the massage therapist is out of the room. Then lie on the padded massage table under the towels provided on the treatment couch.
The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell your massage therapist if you are warm or cold, or not comfortable in any way.
Your feedback allows you to have the best experience possible.
Will the massage hurt?
Massage therapy should be comfortable and not hurt. Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.
How will I feel after a massage?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a massage treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day or so. Drinking plenty of water after your massage will prepare your body's tissue to release toxins and recover.
Contraindications for Massage therapy:
- Immediately after surgery
- Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage