What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being.
A massage therapist will use their hands, fingers, elbows and forearms on muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissues.
Massage is a drug free, non-invasive approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
How does massage work?
Massage improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear wastes, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Why do people have massage?
People have massage for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions:
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
- Stress reduction and stress related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- Pre/post natal
Massage helps to relieve stress. It is thought to help the body’s stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol.
What is a typical massage session like at Fighting Fit Massage Therapy?
A typical massage session is between 30 and 60 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. Then you will be asked to undress to what level you are comfortable with and then lie down under a sheet on a padded massage table (while the massage therapist is out of the room).
When you are ready the massage therapist will re-enter the room and your massage will begin. The massage therapist will use oil or cream on your skin. You will be covered by a towel or sheet at all times, and only the part of the body being massaged is uncovered.
After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.
Does the massage hurt?
Massage shouldn’t be painful. There may be mild discomfort when the massage therapist applies pressure over “knots” (trigger points) and areas of muscle tension. But if the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know. The massage therapist will be asking you about how much pressure you are comfortable with throughout the session
How will I feel after the massage?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. If you request a deep tissue massage there may be mild aching for a day or two after.
Are there any precautions for massage therapy?
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin diseases, such as rash or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People 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.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia or areas of recent fractures.
Other massage tips
Don’t eat a heavy meal before a massage
If it’s your first time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier to complete a health history form.