What shoud I wear?
Orthopedic massage techniques can be performed on a client wearing workout clothing: shorts and sports bra or with the client partially unclothed; it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be treated?
A typical full-body session will include restoring normal pain free range of motion throughout the body including your back, hips, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
What should I do during the orthopedic massage session?
Feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the session. During the massage, the practitioner will tell you what is needed (such as lifting your arm or leg). If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage session?
Since the intent of therapy is to make changes you may feel like you had a "workout", as muscles that havent been used for awhile will be activated. Since range of motion will be increased there may be some muscular discomfort that should be minimal and only last for a short time. Most people immediately experience increased ease of movement, less pain and heightened body awareness.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.