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Enhancing Your Massage


How to Enhance Your Massage

Many people don’t get the most out of their massage because massage isn’t a common part of our contemporary cultural society.  To help enhance your massage, Health & Harmony offers a few simple tips…

…The first and most important thing to remember about your massage session is that YOU, your needs, and your comfort, are always top priority.  Don't be shy; tell me what you're feeling so we can work together to make the whole experience perfect for you.  Be assured by your therapists’ knowledge and feel safe in the massage environment.  You should have a sense of peace and calmness knowing that complete and total care will be given to you, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Second, a bond of trust must be formed between you and your therapist.  These basic things are the foundations upon which all else will grow.  Keep your expectations high, but be realistic.  The benefits of massage are limitless, but you will not experience everything in one session…

…When receiving your massage, try to relax as completely as possible.  Close your eyes; see with your sense of touch.  Closing your eyes tends to bring your center of energy out of the head and into the body.  Feel your body both inside and out.  Be conscious of your breath; breathe deeply and steadily and allow your entire body to become heavy and sink into the table.  Allow the therapist to move your limbs.  Be a rag doll.   Don’t be helpful.  Simply receive… 

…If emotions surface, don’t try to hold them in.   Be open to the experience and let your body’s own natural release happen in whatever form it chooses.  Pain release can come out in many different ways and everything that happens during the session will be kept confidential.  Sighing, crying, or humming are some of the ways that our bodies let go of things that are kept inside even without our realizing it.  Letting go of pent up emotions, even if you’re unaware of them, plays a big role in allowing our body to heal itself from the inside out…

...Talking, for the most part, is distracting and unnecessary.   However, feel free to give feedback on what you’re feeling.  Tell me if you would like more or less pressure, if something feels uncomfortable, or any reason pertaining to your massage would be appropriate conversation; otherwise, breathe, be still, be aware of the feelings in your body.  Let thoughts float in and out of your mind, replacing unhappy or stressful ones with happier memories or upcoming events.  You’ll be amazed at how soon this becomes a natural habit with no effort at all.   Through massage, the body, mind and soul connection is a powerful tool that will aid your healing and your overall health…

…ENJOY, Health & Harmony!


Benefits of Massage

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Must I be completely undressed? Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? Will I be covered during the session? What parts of my body will be massaged? What will the massage or bodywork feel like? Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session? What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed? Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, 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.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
Will I be covered during the session? You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged? A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like? A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. 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 or bodywork session? Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? 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 or bodywork 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 or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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