Generally speaking, getting a massage is pretty straightforward. This being said, there are still some things you should know going into your first massage therapy session.
Firstly, be prepared to fill out a health history form, this to help your therapist determine the best path of treatment for your individual needs. So how long is your massage? Every therapist is different; Alternapeutics though, offers therapy sessions in 20 and 50 minute increments. During this time different techniques will be administered depending on the information determined in your health history form to best tend to your needs. You need to prepare for your massage, most importantly is to refrain from eating 90 minutes before your massage. Getting a massage draws blood to the area being worked on, taking that blood away from your digestive tract, making digestion possibly painful. After you have gotten your massage and you’re feeling nice and refreshed, be sure to set aside at least 30 minutes of quiet time, possibly even taking an Epsom salt bath. This, along with drinking a lot of water will help to soothe and keep your muscles hydrated.
A massage therapy session starts before the therapist even touches you, and extends to shortly after you leave. In order to get the full experience of a quality massage be sure to follow instructions on what to do before and after your massage.
Determining what kind of massage is right for you can be quite the quest. Different massage professionals offer different massage types, and it's understandable that a majority of clients will need some clarification as to what makes one massage different from another. The most common massages are therapeutic, deep tissue, and sports massage.
A sports massage is geared more toward helping and athlete improve their performance. This can be done before, during, or after a game or event. Most of the time the masseuse focuses on improving flexibility and helping to prevent injuries. Often times an athlete needs a therapeutic massage to a very specific area that they may be experiencing problems with. A good massage therapist will tend to the needs of the athlete, as well as incorporating their best judgment in order to achieve the best results.
Therapeutic and deep tissue massages are often requested for a single session for a chance to let loose and relax. Different techniques are used on each different massage, and different areas are targeted. Massage is something that is really customized for each person, to help them feel relief where they need it the most.
Wendell has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from Iligan Medical Center College and a diploma in Massage Therapy from Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine. He obtained the Excellence Award for Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage and has a private practice in Clermont, Florida.