I'm a reasonably healthy, active person without
physical problems. Why would I consider getting therapeutic massage?
It feels wonderful!
2. To be even healthier. Wellness means you can feel better than
you ever knew was possible.
3. To increase your body awareness and sensitivity.
4. To relieve everyday type stress as well as more extreme stress
from key times of pressure or crisis.
5. To become calmer, more centered and thus more creative.
6. To think more clearly and to quiet mental static, to be in
7. To nourish your muscles and your whole self.
8. All those help prevent illness and improve life quality.
"Massage has its greatest benefits over time and most doctors
and therapists say the more often you get a massage the better you
feel" - a New York Times quote. The therapeutic effects of
massage are cumulative. From one session to the next, you are able
to relax more and more as the chronic patterns of stress in the
body are released. These changes are readily felt in your day-to-day
life as well.
When you call to make an appointment and when you
arrive for your first massage, your massage therapist will ask you
about your reasons for getting massage, your current physical condition,
medical history, lifestyles and stress level, any areas of pain,
You'll be asked to undress in private and drape
yourself with a sheet or towel provided for you (underwear is left
on or off, at your discretion); then you'll lie down on a comfortably
padded massage table. Only the part of the body being work will
be uncovered and your modesty is respected.
You can expect a peaceful and comfortable environment
for the massage.
Your therapist may gently establish a connection
in some way such as breathing in rhythm with you for a few moments
before beginning the first strokes.
For the period of time agreed upon you'll have the
unique experience of having all your muscles kneaded and stroked
in a full-body massage, or only in specific areas in case of a session
oriented to localized injury, pain or tightness, or sports readiness.
1. To give your therapist
accurate health information.
2. To report discomfort of any kind, whether from body, room temperature,
volume of music, or other distractions.
There are various styles of massage, some more invigorating
than others. A good therapist will match the style to your needs.
Massage for a business person returning to the office afterward
will be different from a session for an overstressed client seeking
deep, resting relaxations at the end of the day. Too much tension
always restricts, both mentally and physically. Relaxed alertness
enhances creativity and productiveness.