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What's a Massage Like?

Massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints, and reduces mental and physical fatigue. In addition, massage is one of the most effective means available to combat stress. But the question most people want answered before trying this enjoyable and healthful experience is, What is a massage like?"

Who will give me my massage?

Your massage will be given by a licensed massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage. In addition, massage therapists must graduate from a state university approved school with a curriculum of anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology, myology, health hygiene and knowledge of conditions when massage is and is not appropriate.

What kind of massage can I get?

Swedish massage is what many people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, deep kneading, small friction-type motions, light tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques is long. Ask your massage therapist to explain any other techniques he or she uses.In the last decade, massage has enjoyed a boom in popularity. Once thought as a luxury for thepampered, it has become a hands on favorite of,stressed out office workers, recreational athletes, and wellness enthusiasts.. popping up in health clinics, shopping malls, and even corporate suites,

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What is the first appointment like?

Your massage therapist will begin by asking some general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet.

Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and comfort. Your massage therapist may offer cushions or an adjustable face rest for support. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.

For a full body massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear. You are warmly draped at all times, except for the area being worked on.

Your massage therapist will usually use a lubricant, such as light oil or lotion, which is good for your skin.

A massage usually begins with a light steady touch followed by broad flowing strokes. This starts calming your nervous system and releasing tension in your superficial muscles. Gradually, as your body becomes ready, your massage therapist works more deeply to relax specific areas.

What should I do in a Massage?

Make yourself comfortable. If your massage therapist wants to adjust your position, he or she will either move you ( for instance lift your arm) or will tell you what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. Others prefer to talk. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what your massage therapist is doing, or about massage in general.

The desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing. In fact, deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.

Will a massage ever hurt?

Massage used to address a painful injury, may at first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens noticeably in the first few minutes. Your massage therapist knows ways to minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.assage on healthy tissues feels good, and the saying " no pain, no gain" is not true for massage. The most effective and the deepest massage works with the body's natural responses, rather than against them. Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so she or he can adjust to a more appropriate level.Today, massage has become more accepted as a holistic means for healthy people to relieve emotional stress, to relax and to enjoy the universal human need for touch

-A Muscle and Fitness