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Northern Light Therapeutic Massage

Hello, and welcome to Northern Light Therapeutic Massage. I bring on-site massage to workplaces and events in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Port Orchard and the Key Peninsula.

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Thanks for looking, and be well!

-Haley N. Masbruch, LMP

Round two of the article….

Heres round two- I revised the format and the references.  Input is highly valued!

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST MASSAGE APPOINTMENT

Haley N. Masbruch, LMP

 Massage therapy is recognized by many healthcare professionals to be effective in the treatment of injuries, chronic pain, and stress.  Despite this, up to 80% of Americans have never had a massage.  Part of the reason for this is that many people are unsure of what to expect during a massage.  Massage therapists have extensive training to making massage therapy safe, effective and comfortable for their clients, and they are happy to answer questions about their education, experience and the techniques they use.

 

Before Your Massage

Before beginning the massage, the massage therapist will ask you to complete a health history form.  This is so he or she can determine if you have any health concerns that massage could affect.  Be sure to tell the therapist if you have any allergies, as some massage oils and creams contain plant extracts and nut oils.  The therapist will also ask if there are any areas you would like him or her to focus on or avoid during the massage.

 

A question that many first time massage clients ask is, “How much clothing should I remove?”  This depends on the client.  Before the massage begins, the therapist will instruct you to disrobe to a level you are comfortable with.  He or she will leave the room while you do this.  It is important that you are able to feel relaxed and secure during your massage, so leave on as much or as little clothing as you like.  Only the areas being treated will be uncovered- the rest of your body will be securely draped.

 

During Your Massage

During your massage, the therapist will use strokes such as gliding, kneading and stretching to help your muscles and mind relax.  Oil or cream may be used depending on the techniques the therapist uses.  The treatment room will usually be dimly lit, and there may be soft music playing.  Do not feel afraid to tell your therapist if anything feels uncomfortable or painful.  He or she will be able to change the techniques used to accommodate your needs.

 

After Your Massage

After your massage, your therapist will leave the room while you take a few minutes to wake your body up  and get dressed.  Be sure to take your time.  Breathe deeply and feel the relaxation in your muscles.  It is also helpful to drink one or two glasses of water in the hour following your massage- this will help your body eliminate the waste products that are worked out of your muscles during the treatment. 

 

The therapist may also ask if you would like to schedule further appointments for massage.  The benefits of massage can be felt best over a series of appointments, so it may be a good idea to schedule a few more sessions, especially if you need treatment for an injury that massage has been prescribed for.

 

By becoming familiar with what to expect during a massage appointment, you take an important step in enhancing your health and well-being.  To find a qualified massage therapist in your area, use the ‘Find A Massage Therapist’ tool on the home page of the American Massage Therapy Association at www.amtamassage.org.

 

        Haynes, D.,  Mastering Chair Massage, Real Bodywork, April  2007

 

Culpepper-Richards, K., Effect of a Back Massage and Relaxation Intervention on Sleep in Critically Ill Patients.  Am. J. Crit. Care,  July 1998 

 

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2010, ‘Ten Tips To Get The Most From Your Massage’, http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/tips.html

 

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What can I expect at my first massage session?

This article is part of a self-improvement exercise I am doing to refine my writing skills.  I welcome any and all constructive feedback.  Please comment on style, layout and facts presented!  Thank you!

What can I expect during a massage?

By Haley Masbruch, LMP

Massage therapy is considered by many healthcare professionals to be an effective treatment for stress reduction, pain management and overall wellness.  (Culpepper-Richards, K. 1998)  Despite the fact that it provides many health benefits, up to 80% of Americans have never had a massage.  This may be because people do not know what to expect during a massage therapy session.  By getting answers to your questions about massage, you take the first step in exploring the benefits that massage therapy can offer.  (Haynes, D. 2007).  It is very often that first time clients ask the following questions before seeking massage therapy.

 

What happens when I arrive at the spa or office?  Before beginning your treatment, your massage therapist will ask you to complete a health history form.  This is so your he or she can determine if you have any health concerns that massage could affect.  Your therapist will also ask if there are any areas you would like him or her to focus on or avoid.  Your therapist will also answer any questions you may have about massage.

 

How much clothing must I remove? After you discuss your needs with your therapist, he or she will instruct you to disrobe, and then lie down on the massage table under the sheets.  The therapist will leave the room while you do this. It is important for you to be able to relax during your massage, so remove as much or as little clothing as you feel comfortable with. The therapist will respect your modesty at all times during the massage by making sure you are properly and securely draped.

 

What happens during my massage?  During your massage, the therapist will use strokes such as compressions, kneading and stretching to help your muscles and mind relax.  The massage room will usually be dimly lit, and there may be soft music playing.  The therapist will only uncover the areas being treated.  Do not feel afraid to tell your therapist if anything feels uncomfortable or painful, as he or she will be able to change the techniques so that they are comfortable.

 

After the massage:  After the massage, your therapist will leave the room while you take a few minutes to ‘’wake up’’ and get dressed.  Use this time to breathe deeply and notice the relaxation in your body.  After your massage, it is helpful to drink a glass of water- this will help your body eliminate the waste products that are worked out during massage. (American Massage Therapy Association [AMTA] 2010)

 

The massage therapy profession is regulated by most states in the US and Canada, and trained therapists are happy to answer questions regarding their experience, education and techniques they use.  Massage therapists have extensive training in making massage therapy safe and comfortable for their clients. (AMTA 2010) 

 

By familiarizing yourself with what happens during a massage appointment, you will be able to relax and enjoy all of the benefits that massage therapy has to offer.

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