Basic Massage Facts

Benefits of Massage

A consumer survey commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reveals that more people than ever are seeking massage to manage and relieve pain. The survey shows that 47% of those polled had a massage specifically for pain relief.

A 2003 survey of 1,998 massage clients showed that 63% believed massage therapy provided them greater pain relief than acupuncture, physical therapy or other bodywork.

Clinical Research has shown Massage Therapy can:

        • Promote relaxation

        • Reduce post-traumatic headaches better than cold pack treatments

        • Lessen pain and muscle spasms

        • Stimulate endorphin production

        • Encourage patients to more effectively manage pain

What to expect from your first massage ?

 

According to national surveys, most Americans know that massage therapy can help relieve stress and pain, temporarily reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system.

If you've decided to get a massage but haven't had one before, you may have questions about what to expect during your massage session.

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) offers the following answers to common questions about massage:

        • Do I need to remove all of my clothes?

No. It's your choice. Remove clothing to your level of comfort.

        • Will wearing clothing affect the benefit

No. If you wear clothing during the massage, make sure the massage therapist can move the parts of your body you expect to be massaged through your clothes. Remember, chair massage is given without removing any clothes.

        • Will it hurt?

It shouldn't. Give the massage therapist complete and accurate health information and let your massage therapist know your needs.

        • What should I do if I experience discomfort?

During the massage session, tell your massage therapist if you have any discomfort, whether it is from the massage or from any distractions related to the environment, including amount of pressure, speed of movement, room temperature, music volume or lighting.

        •Do I need to talk?

Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent. Sometimes talking can be a way of unburdening oneself or opening up. Sometimes being silent can be a way of concentrating or letting go of thoughts.

        • What if I fall asleep?

Some people do fall asleep. If you do, your massage therapist will wake you at the end of your session. Most people feel invigorated by massage.

        • Do I need to leave immediately when my massage is done?

Take your time. Sit up slowly and drink plenty of water.

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