When you visit a massage therapist they will press, rub and manipulate your muscles and the soft tissues of your body. The pressing and rubbing a massage therapist does helps to relieve stress, tension and pain. A massage therapist can help people with sports injuries and provide relief to people suffering from long-term, chronic health conditions.
Massage therapy can help people with a number of complaints, it has been proven to help sufferers gout, arthritis, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, tension headaches and more. Massage therapy can even benefit people with severe burns and is prescribed by NHS doctors.
Massage therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy and clinical hypnotherapy are all complementary treatments. The medical profession accepts complementary treatments can be used to alleviate the symptoms of certain illnesses that more orthodox medicine is not able to offer a complete solution, these complementary treatments are known as CAM therapies.
At the initial consultation clients will be asked a number of questions concerning their general wellbeing, injuries and any medical conditions that the therapist should know about. The therapist will ask the questions to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that could prohibit or limit a massage treatment).
What happens when you visit a massage therapist depends on the type of massage you are having and your reason for attending the session, the most popular type of massage therapy is known as Swedish massage. In this post we will look at what happens when you visit a massage therapist for Swedish massage.
When you visit a massage therapist you will be asked to undress to your level of comfort/modesty and to position yourself comfortably on the therapist’s treatment couch under a sheet or a large towel. During the session, the therapist may need to move the sheet to exposing the body parts he or she is applying treatment to. No body part or area will be massaged without the client’s permission.
A typical full-body Swedish massage session would normally last for around one hour, many massage therapists will offer shorter sessions for treating specific areas such as backs, shoulders and necks or any other areas which are giving discomfort, aches or pains.
Massage oils, lotions, creams and talc may be used during the session; oil is the most common. Good massage oils will nourish the skin but their main purpose is allow free-flowing movement, the oil allows the therapists hands to glide over the area being treated.
The therapist will sense responses but will also ask the client about the strength of their touch. There may be some discomfort during the session – if they are experiencing serious discomfort or hurting, the client should feel free to ask the therapist to adjust their treatment technique.
The setting is important in order for the client to feel relaxed. The room should be warm and peaceful, low-level lighting, soft music and a pleasing aroma all add to the effect. Some massage therapists offer a mobile service and can visit you in your home or place of work.
This post was supplied by Wesly Cude. Wesley writes for A Healing Touch, Mobile Massage Therapy in Crawley.