Benefits of Massage? Massage is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of physical conditions and situations. Research studies demonstrate of the benefit of massage as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Many people enjoy massage because it produces feelings of comfort, connection and relaxation. Regardless of its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. If you have ongoing medical issues, let your doctor know you would like to receive massage and be sure to follow any treatment plans.
What type of massage do I offer at Beneficial Bodyworks on the Brazos? I use the varied forms of massage I have studied. I focus on Swedish Massage techniques that use long, slow strokes; kneading; circular movements; vibration; and tapping for their relaxation and energizing effects. Also, I use some Deep Massage and Trigger Point Massage (if needed or preferred) with slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, addressing tight muscle fibers that can form in your after injuries or overuse.
What you can expect during a massage? Before a massage therapy session starts, I will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. PLEASE discuss any allergies you may have prior to your first massage. In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or undress to the point that you're comfortable while I step out of the room. Next you will lie on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet/blanket. I uncover each area (back, leg, arm) as I work on that area. I will carefully drape/cover the sections not being worked on and assess your comfort regarding temperature and position. I use oil, lotion, or creams to reduce friction on your skin during the massage. You MAY have a sensitive areas in your muscles that will feel uncomfortable as I work. If it anything becomes painful or uncomfortable during your massage, PLEASE speak up! If lighter or deeper pressure is wanted; if the temperature is not to your preference or comfort level, or if any part of your massage doesn't feel right in any way it is important to let your massage therapist know, so adjustments can be made.
Massage can help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or how to engage in massage with a partner at home. Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your physician, especially if you are pregnant, have cancer, or have unexplained pain.