How will Massage Therapy benefit me?
Relaxation is the most obvious benefit when receiving a
massage treatment. This is the cornerstone of health,
resulting in a decreased heart rate and lower levels of
stress hormones. Massage therapy treats a wide range of
conditions, including muscular imbalances, sprains,
strains, sports injuries, tight muscles, decreased joint
flexibility and chronic pain. Increased circulation to
tissues is another plus as this encourages the release
of toxins from the muscles and other tissues. Massage is
a gift we give to our bodies to support it working more
efficiently so it benefits people in all stages of
Are there any risks when receiving a full body
There are very few other risks of massage therapy when
it is performed by a trained professional. Massage
therapy should not hurt, although some individuals,
particularly if injured, may experience soreness during
and after a massage. Contraindications for massage
include open wounds or infections, weak bones due to
osteoporosis or as a result of injury, tumors that are
in an area to be massaged, nerve damage and blood
disorders such as deep vein thrombosis or problems with
blood clotting. Any health issues will be discussed
before the massage is received.
Does deep tissue massage hurt?
A percentage of recipients do find that a deep tissue
massage does hurt and understands that the deep work
will begin to promote comfort and relaxation in the long
run. Deep tissue massage flushes toxins out of the
body which may also result in tenderness of the focus
The muscles are directed to work during this type
of massage so soreness may also be experienced
afterwards. Normally, however this feels like nothing
more a good workout at the gym. Drinking plenty of pure
water before and after treatment is suggested to help
these wastes be eliminated quickly. As a professionally
trained massage therapist I encourage communication with
you to determine your pain threshold,
effectiveness and request to reduce or increase the
How often is it safe to get a massage?
The frequency of treatments is dependent upon your
present state of health and circumstances. People who
enjoy good health often receive weekly massage to keep
themselves feeling healthy. Those seeking relief from
chronic pain will benefit from weekly or bi-weekly
treatments for 4 to 6 weeks or until the pain has been
decreased. Ultimately, maintenance sessions are up to you,
your needs and budget.
Will I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with
the client fully disrobed. I ask clients to undress to
their comfort level as it is important to feel relaxed
and safe on the table. There are some techniques;
however which require access to skin and may be less
effective when working through clothing. All massage is
received with the body covered by a sheet and/or
blanket; a technique called “draping”. One part of the
body is undraped, massaged and then covered up before
moving on to another part of the body. To assure that
the recipient is completely at ease they are instructed
to disrobe to their level of comfort. Bottom line, you
are in control of your session from beginning to end.
is the first sense to develop in humans,
and may be the last to fade
are approximately 5 million touch
receptors in our skin-- 3000 in a finger
touch of any kind can reduce the heart
rate and lower blood pressure
stimulates the release of endorphins
(the body's natural pain killers) which
is why a mother's hug for a child's
can literally make it better
People with eating disorders who receive
massage three time a day for ten day's,
gain weight faster and got out of the
six days sooner than those who don't
Elderly people who massage surrogate
grandchildren report higher-esteem and
Massage before an athletic event, makes
the athlete more flexible, enhanced
speed and power, and less prone to
Today 39 million
American adults - more than one out of every six - get
at least one massage each year.
In 1996, massage therapy and bodywork was officially
offered for the first time as a core medical service in
the Summer Olympic Games
in Atlanta. At the Games, Nationally Certified
practitioners were providing key medical services.
Consumers spend between $2 and $4 billion dollars
annually on visits to massage and bodywork
practitioners, totaling approximately 75 million visits
The three most often cited reasons for getting a
therapeutic massage are relaxation (27%), relief of
muscle soreness, stiffness or spasm
(13%), and stress reduction (10%).
Fifty-four percent of primary care physicians and family
practitioners say they would encourage their patients to
pursue massage therapy
as a complement to medical treatment.
Massage therapy accounts for 18% of the 425 million
visits made to alternative healthcare providers each
An estimated 20 million Americans receive massage
therapy and bodywork each year, according to the
National Institute of Health (NIH).
Approximately 50,000 massage and bodywork practitioners
provide 45 million one-hour therapy sessions each year.
Forty-two percent of Americans have used some type of
alternative care in the past.
Americans make more visits to see alternative therapists
than to see primary-care physicians, spending $21.2
Massage and bodywork therapy is sought out by a large
number of people in age brackets: 18-24 (22%); 25-34
(31%); 35-44 (25%);
45-54 (22%); 55-64 (19%); and over 65 (9%).
The most important driver to try an alternative
treatment is a recommendation from a friend or family
member, which leads 62% of their patients to these
Therapeutic massage may also act as a valuable tool in
relieving the psychological and physical suffering of
stress. Psychologically, the touch of the therapist
helps relieve anxiety and fear, which aids the
individual in regaining some sense of control over a
stress-inducing situation. Physically, a skillfully
applied massage sends soothing, pleasant sensations to
the brain, which slows the secretion of stress hormones,
slows and deepens one’s breathing, lowers blood
pressure, slows one’s pulse rate and relaxes the body to
the point that it begins to recover and rejuvenate.