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
Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. Massage therapy for stress reduction Massage therapy and Income Massage considerations and recommendations Brad Teasdale – www.medicinehandsmassage.com Kula Yoga Project Ariel, Annie, Benn, Marisa S, Nikki www.kulayoga.com East Wind Healing Arts by V Rojanavongse, M.S., L.Ac – www.aikipuncture.com Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D. – www.jeffreymaitland.com CNN.com
Eighty-five percent of people agree that massage can be beneficial to your health and wellness.
Massage Education Links
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
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Ben Fleisher – www.benfleisher.com
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Genny Capuler Studio www.gennykapuler.com
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Yoga Union Center by Alison West www.yogaunionbackcare.com
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Gotham Acupuncture by Steve Pang,L.Ac – www.gothamacupuncture.com
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Luke Hamilton LAc – www.lukehamiltonacupuncture.com
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People Tree Wellness by Mona Chopra, M.S., L.Ac – www.peopletreewellness.com
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World Interests:Amazing ethnobotanist Dr.Mark Plotkin – www.amazonteam.org
Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Massage therapy for stress reduction
Massage therapy and Income
Massage considerations and recommendations
Brad Teasdale – www.medicinehandsmassage.com
Kula Yoga Project Ariel, Annie, Benn, Marisa S, Nikki www.kulayoga.com
East Wind Healing Arts by V Rojanavongse, M.S., L.Ac – www.aikipuncture.com
Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D. – www.jeffreymaitland.com