If this is your first massage, then communication is the key to you enjoying your experience. Through all aspects of the massage session, you should feel comfortable asking questions. Tell your therapist if the pressure is too much/not enough, or if- in general- something does/doesn’t feel right. This is your massage, after all. That being said, your therapist also has rights- if your questions are too personal for the therapist, then they have the right to not answer. Revival is a professional, therapeutic massage center, and would never do anything to intentionally make a client uncomfortable or give an unprofessional impression.
The last thing a client should feel is uncomfortable. Our recommendation for undressing is "whatever you are comfortable with." Clients are covered by a sheet and blanket during their massage to keep them from being exposed. Most clients do choose to leave only their underwear on. For women, it is easier for your therapist to do better work when a bra is removed, but again, it is important that you be comfortable. If you decide to keep your bra on, your therapist will either work around it or ask you to unclip it when they work on your back. More experienced massage clients will remove all garments—this makes it easier for the therapist to work all muscles without having to compromise the flow of the massage. Don’t worry about getting cold—the table is heated!
It is important to keep your line of communication open with your therapist. Is the therapist using more pressure than you like, or perhaps not enough? Is the heat on the table overbearing? Does something feel uncomfortable, do you prefer to start and end a certain way, are your feet ticklish, do you need to use the restroom? These are all things you should feel comfortable mentioning to your therapist. If you don't speak up, then the problems or concerns can't be fixed. Keeping the lines of communication open with your therapist will ensure your massage experience is a good one!
Draping refers to covering the client's body with a blanket/sheet during massage. This is how a therapist is able to work parts of the body without ever exposing the more sensitive areas. It also allows the the client to be undressed without ever having their body or privacy compromised.
Pressure during your massage is- and should be- dependent upon what you, the client, is comfortable with. What is deep to some, is too much for others, and should be adjusted accordingly. As a therapist, I always ask clients to tell me if the pressure is too much or not enough- even for clients I see on a regular basis. It is important to remember that clients may not always want the same massage—one day you may want to relax, another perhaps you have slept wrong and have a kink in your neck—your massage should be adjusted accordingly.
How often should you get a massage? The simple answer is "whenever you want." If money is not a problem, you can theoretically get a massage everyday—Bob Hope got a massage almost everyday throughout his career and he lived to be 100! For the rest of us that aren’t Bob Hope, it depends on need and want. If you want a massage because you want a massage, then do it—TREAT 'YO SELF! If the purpose is to treat muscle soreness, then it is important to listen to your body. If you wake up one day and your neck hurts, then it is important to stay on top of it after your first massage. I recommend to come back within 7-10 days of your massage, then slowly taper off from there. If you are looking to make a lifestyle change, then getting a massage once a month can help the overall health of your mind, body and soul.
I get it, Enya is not how I like to relax either. When you come for a massage at Revival, the music choice is up to you!
What is a Knot?
Muscle fibers in our body run in all different directions and are layered on top of each other from the crown of our head to the tips of our toes—this is what gives us the ability to jump, run, dance, spin, etc. Muscles are designed to be pliable, strong, and challenged, but when we sit at a computer all day, do repetitive motions or are constantly dehydrated, we can lose our mobility and flexibility. This is because the various muscle fibers begin to stick to each other and become adhered to one another. The hard and lumpy feeling we get because of this is what constitutes a ‘knot.’
Many clients are unsure of the tipping protocol when it comes to massage therapy. Just think of your therapist like you would any other service professional: a server, hairstylist, driver, etc. It is not easy to tell someone how to spend their money, and we understand that tipping is not expected. If you are not satisfied with your experience, then it seems unnecessary to tip. On the other hand, if your experience is satisfactory, then tipping should reflect that appreciation. We recommend tipping based on percentage of the full price of your massage.
Massages, in nature, are dehydrating. One of the purposes of body work is to get fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it then heads to your kidneys. This is the reason you also tend to void often after a massage. Drinking water is the best way to replenish what was removed from the tissue.
Then there are those sore muscles you came in to get worked on in the first place. Tight muscles, or major knots, constrict blood flow in the areas they are located—preventing the body from being able to flush this waste. When the muscles relax, this waste then has a pathway to flush itself from your system. By drinking water after a massage, you allow this natural process to take place and get the most benefit from the massage work.
Is a massage always appropriate?
Massage, unfortunately, is not always the answer and sometimes can be harmful. Please see a list of cautions and contraindications regarding massage, below:
Cautions about massage therapy include the following:
◦ Vigorous massage should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders, low blood platelet counts and by people taking blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin.
◦ Massage should not be done in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, weakened bones (such as from osteoporosis or cancer) or where there has been a recent surgery.
◦ Although massage therapy appears to be generally safe for cancer patients, they should consult their oncologist before having a massage that involves deep or intense pressure. Any direct pressure over a tumor usually is discouraged. Cancer patients should discuss any concerns about massage therapy with their oncologist.
◦ Pregnant women should consult their health care provider before using massage therapy.
For certain medical conditions, massage therapy is generally contraindicated, or should be avoided at the time. These conditions include, but are not limited to the following:
◦ systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold
◦ acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention
◦ severe unstable hypertension
◦ significant fever.
For the following conditions massage therapy is locally contraindicated, or the affected areas are to be avoided:
◦ Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
◦ Deep vein thrombosis
◦ local contagious or irritable skin conditions
◦ open sores or wounds
◦ recent surgery
◦ recent burn
Massage therapy does not constitute medical treatment and is not a substitute for a medical examination or diagnosis. If you are dealing with a serious health condition, be sure to check with your health care provider before seeking massage therapy, and always inform your therapist of any health conditions that may affect the work.
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