Before your initial treatment, a complete health history will be taken to ensure massage therapy is a safe course of treatment for you. An assessment will be done so that a personalized treatment plan can be proposed. The assessment may consist of palpation, range of motion, and various tests to determine the condition of the muscles and joints.
Your consent will be obtained prior to commencing any treatment and can be withdrawn at any time.
The treatment will consist of various hands-on techniques such as long gliding strokes, kneading, frictions, and compressions using the fingers, palms, forearm and/or elbows. Stretches and joint mobilizations may be used as well. The treatment is always done within the client’s level of pain tolerance so communication between the client and therapist is important.
After Your Massage Treatment
Drink plenty of water. During a massage treatment, cell waste is released at a more rapid rate than normal. Massage stimulates circulation while expressing water, salt and other minerals from the muscles. Water helps to flush out any accumulated materials in the muscles that were released during the treatment. Otherwise, the buildup of these materials may cause muscle aches and soreness after a massage.
Avoid alcohol or other stimulants for at least 12 hours as these will dehydrate you.
Take a hot Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts help to relieve any pain and inflammation as it is absorbed through the skin. Two cups of Epsom salt is used in a full bath.
Rest after your treatment which will allow your body time to heal.
If instructed, do your stretches. They help lengthen shortened or contracted muscles, fascia (connective tissue), or ligaments allowing greater range and ease of motion. Doing a slow stretch will stimulate the Golgi tendon organs (a nerve receptor found in tendons) to cause a reflex inhibition making the muscle being stretched to relax. Stretching also causes the joints to move, lubricating the joint surfaces which allows the cartilage to be nourished.