What to expect from a massage?
The word massage means “friction of kneading” in French, “to touch, feel or handle” in Arabic, and in Greek it means “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”.
Massage is a ‘hands on’ body work therapy – no gadgets here! We typically work with you, asking a questions for feedback on pressure, pain location etc.
This is especially important for a deep tissue massage or remedial massage.
A common way to get feedback is to ask you to rate the ‘trigger point’ or pressure on a PAIN scale from 1 – 10! Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not trying to create pain, but sometimes a level of pressure is required to elicit a healing response, relaxing the tissue and bringing balance to the area.
If RELAXATION is what you’re after, there should be no pain WHAT-SO-EVER. This style of massage is completely different. Relaxation massages are more rhythmic, flowing and lighter. They are great for stress management, exhaustion, or for the girls (that time of the month).
Some common issues that Massage Therapy helps
There are numerous muscular-skeletal ailments such as postural issues, neck, mid-back, lower back pain, shoulder injuries or mobility issues, hip mobility issues, glute tightness or pain, calf and Achilles tighten, and plantar fasciitis that can all be helped with professional massage therapies.
The 5 most common ailments that we treat in our massage practice are:
- Lower Back Pain
- Shoulder issues
- Neck pain & Mobility issues
- Calves and Hamstring tightness
- Stress Management
What to expect at your massage appointment
Step 1 – Preliminary Information Gathering
Once you book your initial massage appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link for you to download an “initial bodywork questionnaire”. You are required to complete the questionnaire and email back before your appointment time.
Step 2 – Your Appointment
On arrival, your therapist may ask you follow up questions to ascertain major areas of concern and explain the massage treatment plan
You’ll then be left to disrobe and lie on the massage table, usually face down, with a towel. Your therapist will return and complete the massage. Its ok to talk to your therapist, and we will seek feedback on pressure, comfort/discomfort throughout.
On completion your therapist will leave to allow you to dress, then discuss your experience and any follow up recommended.