FAQ’sYour Valley Massage Oasis
What is the difference between Therapeutic massage and relaxation massage?
Therapeutic massage is just a term used to indicate that the massage is a professional massage treatment that has real health benefits. Many people expect a therapeutic massage to be more intense and address long-term chronic issues and not just be for relaxation alone. Two of the more common types of therapeutic massage are Deep Tissue and Sports massage. However, with stress being the number one reason people get massage, getting a light Swedish massage may be the perfect choice!
Why do I need a massage?
It’s true, massage is relaxing, and it reduces stress. Yet the benefits are more numerous than that and vary depending on the type of treatment you receive. By balancing the flow of energy in the body, bodywork can:
- Address blood (low/high) pressure problems
- Improve the immune system
- Improve organ function
- Increase joint mobility
- Shorten recovery time of injury
Although curing bodily problems through external means (setting bone, surgery, drugs) may be necessary in some cases, many physicians and other specialist have come to value massage therapy as the basis for preventative and alternative healthcare, making bodywork the perfect compliment to Western medicine.
I’m pregnant. Is massage safe for me?
Not only is it perfectly safe for you to receive a massage while you are pregnant, but it’s a great excuse to get off your feet for an hour! You should, however, be aware that certain styles of massage are contraindicated (should not be done) for pregnant women. You should disclose to your massage therapist all your known medical conditions, including pregnancy. If you are pregnant and experiencing complications you may need permission from your OB/GYN to receive massage. Massage therapists/bodyworkers are not qualified to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any physical condition.
Do I have to get completely undressed?
Getting undressed is not required. It’s completely up to you and your level of comfort. Because lotions and oils are used in most massages, you will need to disrobe, but leaving your undergarments on is perfectly acceptable. The more comfortable you are at fully undressing the more you may benefit from your treatment. Sheets and towels are always used for your added security and comfort. The alternative is to try a treatment that requires no clothing removal, such as Shiatsu or Thai Massage . Whether or not you choose to get undressed, your therapist is a trained professional and will provide a secure, safe environment in which you can relax during your treatment. You should disclose any concerns with your therapist when discussing the type of treatment you wish to receive.
How often can I get a massage?
As often as you like! Your current health history, stress levels, level of physical activity and personal goals will all contribute to determining how the right frequency of massages for you. But if you just want to relax and de-stress, massage is an excellent way to unwind. The late Bob Hope attributed his longevity to receiving a massage at least once every day of his adult life, and he lived to be 100!
A recommendation to athletes: If you are training for an event or just finishing an event make sure you discuss your activities with your therapist. Getting a deep tissue massage immediately after an intense workout can do more harm than good.
What if I experience discomfort?
Tell your therapist immediately if you experience any form of discomfort during your treatment. This could be anything from the room temperature being too hot or too cold, too much or not enough pressure, or turning the music off. Your therapist should be able to accommodate you. You spent your time and money for the experience, you should enjoy it!