Benefits of Massage
The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be studied, but research has shown it to be effective in:
- Decreasing pain
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Improving range of motion
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Reducing muscle soreness
- Boosting immune system
- Lessening depression
- Relieving back pain
- Promoting tissue regeneration
- Easing withdrawal symptoms
- Treating cancer-related fatigue
- Easing labor pain and stress
- Relieving migraine pain
- And more………
What to expect when receiving a massage
Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal. Sessions generally take place in a quiet, comfortable room. It may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played.
The practitioner will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help them better serve you.
The massage therapist will then excuse himself/herself so you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down.
You will be draped at all times – only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. Oil or lotion is often used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and, in the hours after your massage, drink plenty of water.
There are many types of massage, so each experience varies. To learn more about techniques and terms, refer to the glossary in the consumer section of the website www.ncbtmb.org, or schedule an appointment with me in Littleton, CO.
Content courtesy of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. © 2007 All rights reserved. 1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 240, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-5243. See www.ncbtmb.org.