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Massage Faq’s





1. What are the benefits of massage?

  • Helps to improve and increase systemic circulation throughout the body
  • Helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • Increases lymphatic flow that helps to remove toxins from the body
  • Increases venous flow towards the heart
  • Reduces stress by relaxing muscles
  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system responsible for bringing the body to a state of relaxation
  • Increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, hormones responsible for regulating moods i.e. great for alleviating depression
  • Increases range of motion in joints

2. When is massage contraindicated?

Under the NYS law, massage should not be performed during:

  • High fever as it can exacerbate the condition
  • A cause of pain whether locally or throughout the body is unknown
  • Areas of recent strains or sprains
  • Consumption of heavy alcohol or drug abuse
  • First trimester of pregnancy
  • Areas of DVT or thrombosis

3. How should I prepare for a session?

In preparation for the session, it is recommended that you do not arrive on an empty stomach nor should you have a meal immediately before your massage. A good measure is to have your meal at least 1-1/2 hour to 2 hours before the session to allow for proper digestion. It is also encouraged that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the session to allow for any questions or concerns to be discussed. This also allows for you to enjoy to the full 60 minutes of the hands-on portion of the session.

4. What should I expect in a session?

During a full-body massage session, professional massage cream/oil is used on the unclothed body. Underwear is optional, You will be lying between sheets and properly draped for warmth, comfort, and privacy in accordance of the NYS law. However, in a full cranio-sacral, lymphatic balancing, or reflexology session, you may remained fully clothed.

5. What is the protocol on gratuity/tipping?

Gratuity is optional, however, if client is inclined to give a tip in addition to the cost of the session, the client may give any additional amount desired, at least 15-20% of the cost of the massage is adequate.

6. Why is it recommended to drink water after a session? How much water should I drink?

During the massage, particularly after deep tissue work, when accumulated toxins have been released, water will help to facilitate the flushing out of toxins as well as hydrate the body. The recommended amount of water varies from person to person as everyone’s body weight and mass differs. However, after a massage session, it is encouraged to consume more water than usual to encourage continued detoxification and lubrication for your internal body.

7. Is it normal to feel sore the next day after massage, particularly after deep tissue work?

It is quite normal to feel sore in the area in which deeper focused technique was applied to during the session. The soreness is due to sustained pressure to the deeper tissue layers which assists in the break up and release of toxins and allows for blood, oxygen, and nutrients to better circulate and flow through the area that was restricted. However, I try to deter that effect with the usage of Arnica blended oil.


Stats on Massage and Healthcare from 2009 AMTA Surveys

Thirty-two percent of Americans get massages for medical and health reasons, according to the 13th annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®), compared to 31 percent last year.Twenty-five percent of Americans ages 35-44 have talked to their doctor or healthcare provider about massage therapy this year, compared to 14 percent in 2008. Seeking a massage for medical or health reasons is now tied with relaxation and stress reduction as the top reasons why Americans get massages. Of those who discussed massage therapy with their doctors, 52 percent say their doctor strongly recommended/ encouraged them to get a massage.

Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Eighty-five percent of people agree that massage can be beneficial to your health and wellness.

Massage therapy for stress reduction

  • This year, 32 percent of Americans said they got a massage for stress and/or relaxation in the last five years; compared to 36 percent last year.
  • Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they are more stressed this year than they were a year ago.

Massage therapy and Income

  • Forty-seven percent of those making $35,000 to $50,000 a year say they have considered massage to manage stress.
  • Thirty-four percent of those making less than $35,000 a year got massage for medical/health reasons. This group is the second largest income bracket of those who had a massage for medical/health reasons.
  • Forty-nine percent of those making $75,000 to $100,000 choose massage for medical or health reasons.
  • Older Americans are most likely to seek massage for its medical and health benefits rather than for relaxation or stress reduction
  • Among those who have had a massage in the last five years, 41 percent of those over 65 years of age and 41 percent of those between the ages of 55 and 64 received their last massage for medical or health reasons.
  • In contrast, only 13 percent of those over 65 and 28 percent of those ages 55 to 64 had massage for relaxation/stress reduction.

Massage considerations and recommendations

  • Fifty-seven percent of 35-44 year olds who had a massage in the previous 12 months have considered massage to manage stress.
  • Sixty-two percent of Americans have or would recommend massage therapy to a relative or someone else they know


Massage Education Links

Massage: It’s Real Medicine – Increase Alertness,Immunity, Serotonin, and Delta waves! Decrease PMS symptoms
Massage: A relaxing method to relieve stress and pain – Mayo Clinic Article
Massage Go Bad – Post Massage possible negative effects..
Massage for Arthritis – Stop the pain cycle and increase standard of lifeNCCM @ NIH
Massage Therapy as CAM – Induction of massage as national recognized healthcare under the umbrella of Complementary Alternative MedicineTouch Research Institute
Massage Therapy Research – from Arthritis to Sleep

General Health

Citizens for Health – www.citizens.org
Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database – /www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
NY Wellness Guide – www.nywellnessguide.com
Organic Consumers Info- www.organicconsumers.org


Practitioners Links/Referrals

Massage

Brad Teasdalewww.medicinehandsmassage.com
(incorporate indigenous plants and ayurvedic based healing mediums with thai massage. wonderful!)
Ben Fleisherwww.benfleisher.com
(zero balancing practitioner and soon to be acupuncturist; founded YogaLocal)

Yoga

Kula Yoga Project Ariel, Annie, Benn, Marisa S, Nikki www.kulayoga.com
(powerful group of alignment strengthening based yoga instructors. highly recommend)
Genny Capuler Studio www.gennykapuler.com
(esoteric, discussion focused Iyengar classes held in Genny’s amazing Soho apt)
Yoga Union Center by Alison West www.yogaunionbackcare.com
(true focused yoga for scoliosis)

Acupuncture

East Wind Healing Arts by V Rojanavongse, M.S., L.Acwww.aikipuncture.com
(Japanese style, gentle yet holistically effective)
Gotham Acupuncture by Steve Pang,L.Acwww.gothamacupuncture.com
(A go to practitioner for referrals)
Luke Hamilton LAcwww.lukehamiltonacupuncture.com
(Sports alignment and chinese medicine focused, Personal Trainer )
People Tree Wellness by Mona Chopra, M.S., L.Acwww.peopletreewellness.com
(Yoga & acupuncture )
Giovannni Maciociawww.giovanni-maciocia.com
(Master text guide)

Osteopath

Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D.www.jeffreymaitland.com

World Interests:Amazing ethnobotanist Dr.Mark Plotkinwww.amazonteam.org

CNN.com

Thai massage: The ‘lazy man’s yoga’
Massage: It’s real medicine