If you are seeking out massage therapy, then you are probably committed to improving your overall health and wellness. But did you know that there are a few things to make your massage even better and more effective?
Before your session
Every day! Well, maybe that's not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it's a combination of the two, so let's look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:
Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up an causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!
There may be times in your life when you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal. It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It has been estimated that 75-90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.
Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is. Relief from pain can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month. I can help you get on the best schedule for your body.
The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) literally translated means “Universal Life Energy”
Reiki is a gentle, hands-on energy healing technique that originated in Japan. It works on all levels; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual to help balance and restore energy levels.
A session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing. The Practitioner places their hands gently on or over the body; there is no massage or manipulation.
Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all.
★ Reiki promotes balance to all levels of your being:
Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual
★ Aligns, clears and balances chakra energy centers
★ Alleviates associated pain
★ Promotes relaxation and balance
★ Releases energy blockages, toxins or impurities
★ Relieves stress and anxiety
★ Activates your body’s natural ability to heal
Reiki is not a “miracle” healing or magic. Reiki is not a religion, but it is spiritual. Reiki energy is intelligent and goes where it is needed. It is not controlled by the practitioner, but by an individual’s needs. Reiki is not a replacement for medical advice or visits.
When you think of getting a massage what image pops into your mind? Do you see a hot stone massage at a fancy spa? Maybe a table massage on a secluded beach? Most people imagine some scenario where they are being pampered in an exotic location. But getting a massage is only for the rich and famous, right?
Therapeutic massage is so much more! Research supports how massage can help with a variety of conditions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a little pampering either!
The graphic below, put together by the AMTA, shows 25 reasons to get a massage. These are just the tip of the iceberg!
There are also some situations when massage would not be beneficial, and may be harmful to a person’s condition. If you have any concerns about this, talk with your massage therapist – we are here to help.