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Relief Massage Therapy

Before your Massage Treatment


 Before your treatment, you will be required to fill out a health history form to help your therapist develop a personalized treatment plan.  Some time will be spent performing an assessment, which may consist of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints, asking general questions about  your health, and talking about your treatment goals.  Your consent must be given to the therapist to work on any part of the body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed or fully or partially covered with sheets.  Your privacy will always be respected and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.


During your Massage Treatment

A Heated Table, Heated hot packs to place on your feet and lower or upper back and Hot Stones if required,  Heat helps the muscles and mind to relax, there is nothing worst then shivering under a thin sheet during your massage.  That being said, in acute conditions , heat is a contraindication, and will not be applied to the locally affected tissue. Your therapist will start the treatment with light pressure,  as the superficial layers of muscles warms and relaxes, deeper  pressure will be applied to your comfort level into areas of soreness or chronic tension.

Pressure during your massage will vary from one body area to another, however, let your therapist know if the pressure is uncomfortable, some times too much pressure will tighten muscles up instead of relaxing them.   This can prevent her from working deeper into your tissues.  So even if you are not accustomed to speaking up when something is uncomfortable, this is one time when it is very important to say if you are experiencing pain.

Also, let your therapist know if you would like a change in room temperature (usually it's too warm) or music. You may prefer to relax  with your own music, in silence, or talk with your therapist.  It's your massage.

After the Massage Treatment

After your massage, there are some feelings that may come up.  These are meant as guide posts, there is no "right" way to feel.  Listen to your body.  Feel your own experience, that is what's right for you.
1) A sense of aliveness in your body, physical well being, even joy. 
2) Less "numbness" in specific areas of your body.  These areas may actually become warmer to touch as circulation as increased.
3) Muscle soreness a day or two after your massage treatment. The soreness is a result of direct contact with spasms in the muscle, as well as accumulated waste products in the tissue being naturally released into your system. This is similar to what many people experience after strenuous activity. 

Recommended after treatment care

Drinking plenty of water will help flush the released toxins out of your body, and soaking in a warm bath with Epson or mineral salts will assist in alleviating any soreness.
Schedule time to take it easy after your massage.  Rest if you feel the need.  If you can, take a nap or get to bed early. 
Remember to stretch, ice, or apply heat to an area that had more focus during your treatment.

Your massage experience should be both pleasant and beneficial. I hope it will be the beginning of a life-long practice to help you enjoy the best possible health and wellness.