Hi, did someone suggest or were you thinking of getting a massage for the first time, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you may have questions before you make an appointment with us.
Whether you’re uncomfortable about getting undressed in front of a stranger, worried that the massage may be painful, or maybe you’re hoping massage will cure the mid-back pain that has been bothering you for years.
One of the main components of massage is to relax. So let us help you put your mind at ease, below are some often asked questions and answers about massage:
What type of massage should I get?
At Prime Bodyworks we offer several different modalities of massage. The most commonly known is the Swedish Massage, which is a whole-body therapeutic massage developed to relax the muscles and joints. This massage uses oil or lotion. Our most popular type of massage we provide is our “Prime Bodyworks Treatment,” which consists of a combination of Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Therapy, assisted stretching, and much more. The combination of techniques used are dependent on each individual clients needs.
When should I schedule a massage?
Plan your day accordingly before you set up your massage. Try not to eat right before or go out and do anything super physical immediately after your massage. We suggest finding a nice quiet place to kick up your feet and relax or maybe a nice soak in the tub. Relaxing is key to taking advantage of the whole benefits of massage.
Can massage help with a medical condition?
Studies have been shown that massage has a range of health benefits. Some of these benefits are: lowering blood pressure, easing migraines, and improving range of motion and posture. It has been discovered through research that massage may help alleviate pain for patients with cancer, HIV, and Parkinson’s disease. Massage can also help lower stress, which is good for you overall.
“Research has shown that massage interfaces with the body’s stress function,” says Sandy Fritz, MS, NCMBT, author of a textbook line for therapeutic massage and director of the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Mich. “It helps to dampen the flight-or-fight response and activates dominance in the rest-and-restore system.”
If you have a serious medical condition, you should clear a massage with your doctor first.
Will I be naked?
For modalites requiring so, you undress to your comfort level. You can leave your undergarments on if you choose, we can work over the clothed areas. Your therapist will give you privacy by leaving the room while you get undressed. Just slide the under the linens and let your therapist know when you are ready. Your therapist will use a sheet and/or towel to drape the parts of your body that are not being massaged.
Is the massage going to hurt?
Massage shouldn’t be painful. We like to work off a pain scale of 1-10, “10” being extreme and “1” being “I feel nothing”. For the most effective treatment, we try to keep the pressure at “5.”
If you are feeling too much pressure from your therapist pressing too deeply in an area, say something. Things you can say are: “That’s sensitive, too much pressure, that’s a 10, or can you lighten up?
At Prime Bodyworks we won’t make you endure a painful massage. You won’t have to lay there and grit your teeth and be tense. You should feel something of significance, but not make you stiffen up.