Why choose massage as a treatment?

Massage is one of the oldest forms of therapy and stems from the simple human instinct of touch. The term massage itself comes from the Arabic word "mash" or "mass" which means "to press softly". It was the Greek physician Hippocrates who was one of the first recorded to have used massage therapeutically for treatment of illness and disease by massage blood flow and bodily function.

What should I know before the massage starts?

Here are some typical questions to ask your therapist:

  • Do I have to take off my clothes for this type of body treatment?
  • Why do you need to know my medical history?
  • Is this a gentle massage ? Will the massage hurt?
  • Do you use scented oil? What type of oil do you use?

What should I do during the massage?

  • If the massage is too light or hard, please say so.
  • Tell the therapist where you hurt.
  • Breathing deeply can help you enjoy your massage.
  • Stay relaxed and say if you are not.

Is there any action I should take or avoid after the massage?

  • If possible, rest or take a walk after a massage.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • A nice warm bath is always very refreshing.

What are the potential risks associated with massage?

In general, any type of massage is non-invasive and considered very low risk. However, certain medical conditions may discourage particular massage treatments and these will be discussed during the consultation.

These conditions might include:

  • Infectious skin disease or skin rash.
  • An unhealed wound.
  • Inflamed or infected injuries.
  • Areas of bleeding or heavy tissue damage.
  • At the sites of recent fractures, sprains or bruises.
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Please let your massage therapist know about any conditions you are experiencing.


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