What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to
ancient Egypt and ancient China. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine
recommended “the massage of skin and flesh”. More than two thousand years later,
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote that “the physician must be
acquainted with many things and assuredly with massage”.

Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue
(muscle, skin, tendons, etc.) by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows, and feet. Bodywork is a
general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to
promote health and healing.
What to look for in a Body-worker

Look for a therapist that
1.  Has state certification and license.
2.  Demonstrates mastery of technique and knowledge of
massage, anatomy & physiology, and mind-body centered therapy.
3.  Upholds standards of practice and code of ethics.
4.  Takes part in continuing education.
5.  Demonstrates client care.
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What to expect when receiving a massage

Although no two massages are alike, and techniques vary, there are some things that
are fairly standard.

With the exception of sports massage, sessions generally take place in a quiet,
comfortable environment. It may be dimly lit, and soothing music is often played.

The practitioner will begin by asking questions (verbally or in the form of an intake
form), such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical
conditions you may have, and other information that may help them better serve you.
Fill out my
intake and bring it with you.

With the exception of some techniques where you remain fully or partially clothed, the
massage therapist will leave the room so you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You
can then get on the massage table under the sheets and relax.

You will be draped at all times. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical
full body massage includes back, neck, head, pectorals, arms, hands, legs, feet, and
sometimes gluts and abdomen. Oil or lotion may be used.  

When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so you may get
dressed.
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Preparing to receive a massage

Preparation for body work is a great idea! Treatment is always more effective when you
are ready to receive it. Taking a hot shower, soaking in a bath or hot tub,
styrofoam
rolling, & stretching are great ways to warm up your body, loosen up, and get it ready to
receive.
Meditation, deep breathing, or other relaxation exercises will also help prepare
you to receive treatment.
After- Effects

Depending on what type of work you receive, it is not uncommon to still be sore
afterward. Some work is intense and may cause local soreness. You may also experience
some general discomfort as your body eliminates toxins, tries to realign your posture,
incorporates the sensory input, balances your hormones, increases function, releases
restrictions, etc. With some work, you may also experience more lucid dreaming,
nostalgia, and emotional adjustments.

Generally, negative symptoms will dissipate after 24 hours and release should occur.
Please contact me anytime if you need to talk through, or have questions about the
after- effects you are feeling.

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client satisfaction survey and email it to me.