How to Get the Most From Your Massage…
- Please be as receptive and open to the massage process as you possibly can.
- If possible, do not eat or drink immediately before a massage session – you will be spending some time lying face-down on the massage table.
- If possible, please be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it will take you longer to become relaxed.
- Your massage therapist is there to give you their undivided attention, there may be another client who has an appointment after you and you may not be able to fully receive the time allocated to you and for which you are paying. We do our best to fit in with your time schedule and always try and accommodate your requirements.
- Please let your massage therapist know in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment.
- As your massage will be performed directly onto the skin, please advise the massage therapist if you do not wish to remove most of your clothing (we would prefer that you keep your underwear on during the massage – in fact we will insist that you do). If you prefer to keep your clothes on, please wear clothing that you will be comfortable wearing during the massage. This will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body that need to be worked on. We are here to help you relieve pain and stress and we do not comment on body shape, size or anything else.
- Please give the massage therapist full and accurate health information – this is for no other reason than your massage therapist needs to know if it’s appropriate to proceed with the massage consultation.
- Good communication is very important. Before, during and after the session, please let your massage therapist know what your needs are.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It is important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do their best to help you feel at ease.
- Some massage therapists like to play music during the massage session and may have music specially composed for relaxation and other effects. Others may find music distracting. Let you massage therapist know if you have any preferences regarding music if it is available – or you may wish to bring your own.
- Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent. If your massage therapist encourages you to talk or not talk, it is usually based on whether or not it seems to help let go of tension and getting in touch with oneself. Sometimes talking can be a way of unburdening oneself or opening up. Sometimes being silent can be a way of letting go of thoughts or concentrating. On the other hand, talking can be a way of “being in the head” and out of touch with one’s body or feelings; and being silent can be a way of holding back or not opening up. Know that your massage therapist is a professional health carer who has your best interests at heart.
- Remember to breath. Breathing helps to facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breath when they feel anxious or if a sensitive area is being massaged. If you realise you are stopping your breathing, let yourself breath.
- Tightening up, i.e., contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you are able to, please relax those muscles. Let your massage therapist know that this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique being used. They may also be able to help you relax the affected area. The massage therapist will notice and can feel that your muscles are tightening up and may ask you to try and relax.
- If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centred and to ‘quiet’ the mind is to allow your brain to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.
- If anything is happening during the massage that you dislike or if it seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
- (Conversely the massage therapist may in very extreme and highly unusual circumstance, stop the massage session due to inappropriate behaviour or request from the client.)
- You may feel dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too quickly. This is because you have been lying still for a while and your body has become relaxed. If you need help in getting off the massage table, please ask your massage therapist.
- Drink extra water after a massage – this will assist to ‘flush out’ the tissue cells, re-hydrate the cells and assists in the healing process.
- Allow for some quiet time after your massage session if possible. Sometimes one needs a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session or you may need some ‘re-entry’ time. If you are going to be driving a car following your massage session, please take a moment to re-focus your driving skills.
- Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you have a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.
- From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. These changes are readily felt in day-to-day life as well, which adds another dimension of reinforcement.
- If you are getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session may be necessary.
- And if after several sessions the results are not as expected, we will refer you to another practitioner, either within our practice or to another health care professional whom we know and trust to do the best for you.
Massage therapy involves the gentle maneuvering of muscles and soft body tissues, often with the addition of gentle pressure. Massage therapy covers a number of therapeutic approaches and may improve the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. It may also help you to recover quicker from minor injury or illness.
Massage therapy sometimes uses friction type techniques to stimulate the soft tissue and relaxes the muscles by gentle stroking and kneading techniques. These types of techniques may assist in increasing blood circulation and lymph circulation while slowing breaking down scar tissue that has built up between the muscle fibers.
Massage therapy may help with a variety of health issues:
- stress – acute and chronic
- chronic and acute pain
- circulatory problems
- digestive complaints
- assists in increasing movement in the joints
- may assist with carpal tunnel syndrome
- may assist with injuries sustained to muscles while playing sport (at any level)
- may assist after sitting too long hunched over in front of a computer or at a desk
- may assist with some type of whiplash injuries
What type of massage will I have?
When a massage therapist has been practicing for a while, most often they have experience in a number of different styles and techniques and so their massage style becomes unique to them.
Commonly this may include Swedish, Remedial, Sports, Trigger Point, Muscle Energy Release, Lymphatic, Chinese, Shiatsu, Thai, Aromatherapy and any number of other styles which have been developed over the years (there are many different styles). It all depends on the interests of the therapist. Basically the aim is to manage pain. How this is achieved is different to each practitioner. The objective is to have a happy, stress free and reduced pain client, who is able to participate fully in their day-to-day life.
What happens at my massage consultation?
Your massage practitioner will ask you a number of questions about your medical history and why you have come for a massage consultation. This is only to establish that there are no reasons why you should not be able to have a massage – there are some medical conditions where massage therapy is not appropriate – these are called contra-indications.
What do I have to do while during a massage session?
Breath and enjoy the experience.
How much does a massage session cost?
The cost is determined by the massage therapist and is generally in line with other massage therapists in the locality where the massage therapist practices.
Our value-for-money price list is available here.
Can I get a health fund rebate for a massage session?
Yes, many health funds acknowledge the benefits of massage therapy provided the massage therapist is accredited with the appropriate authority and professional association. Enquire about this at the time of making your appointment.
Is massage therapy recognised by the medical profession and health authorities?
Yes, many doctors are now referring patients to massage therapists.