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MASSAGE BLOG #0017

First time getting massage? Read this!

 As with life, we get to experience many “firsts” in our health and wellness practices. Trying different supplements, trying kale, signing up for a gym membership, first 10k race and the best “1st” of all: Your first massage! Here are some great guidelines to inform and educate you:

What should I expect during my first massage therapy session?

Your massage therapist may ask you to fill out a short health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, and if there are any conditions needed to be addressed.

Where will my mobile massage session take place?

Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a professional massage table specially designed for your comfort. In most cases, rental cabins have a living room which offers the perfect environment for massage. If you are sharing your lodge with friends/family, your massage can be set up almost anywhere, such as a bedroom or game room. We can even set up your massage outdoors, weather permitting.

 What do I wear during the massage?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to be unclothed. For a full body massage, some people undress completely, but you should undress to your level of comfort, and choosing to wear underwear or shorts is perfectly acceptable. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

 What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time about massage in general or about the particular technique.

 How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, a style common with practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Since this is your session, please do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort. Our therapists are highly trained as well as intuitive, so most times clients are completely at ease and can enjoy their massage to the fullest.

 How will I feel after my massage or bodywork session?

Most massage clients feel very relaxed. Some people experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days or longer. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

 I don’t want to hurt or be sore after my massage, should I still get a massage?

A massage should feel relaxing and enjoyable. Effective massage works with the body’s natural responses, not against them. If your massage therapist is working in areas of chronic pain, there may be some initial discomfort which should quickly ease. Many styles of massage are great for providing benefits to you but will not leave you feeling sore in the following days. Your therapist will assist you in customizing the perfect massage for you, and you can refer to our “MASSAGE MENU” to view the available massage styles.

Overall, after the first massage session our clients experience, they become “addicted”. Just kidding, but many people feel they have been missing out on something amazingly wonderful, and choose to include massage therapy as part of their wellness maintenance routines. Many use the “vehicle analogy”, following a regular “maintenance” schedule (1x a week/month/quarter for example) keeps you on the road and helps avoid unexpected “breakdowns”. We hope this blog provided ample reasons to schedule your first massage, and we are always happy to assist with answering questions. If you or a loved one is looking into Massage Therapy, sooner is better than later! We hope to help you relax in Big Bear with the many benefits our services offer. Cheers!

MASSAGE BLOG #0016

Top 10 Reasons To Schedule a Massage Today

#10

Receiving a massage will help you sleep better…

In face, one hour of massage is similar to 4 hours of sleep! Massage assists in the bodies natural recovery process, and the relaxation benefits can be felt for days or even weeks.

#9

Increased clarity & efficiency…

Who couldn’t use a little of each, eh? Massage, even just a 20 minute treatment, will give you that boost to help finish the day strong! Also, a good massage can help you feel your best the next day (think about that big presentation or meeting tomorrow!), especially after a good nights rest (see #10).

#8

Decrease or eliminate muscle pain…

This is one of the main reasons folks will seek out a massage therapists help. A single massage session is often helpful in getting you back on track to balance, but a series of massages is usually the best protocol for optimal benefits.

#7

Increase energy levels…

This is a benefit similar to #9, only relates more to athletic performance. Of course, most people can use a little energy boost, usually after lunch or at the end of the day. Athletes actually feel sluggish when they don’t work out, the body feels stagnant, much like if folks don’t receive regular massages!

#6

Give your skin/tissues a tonifying boost…

massage therapy stimulates the flow of toxic waste from muscles, organs and tissues for improved health and digestion. An increase in blood flow also helps “wake up” the muscles and keep them happy & healthy!

#5

Reduce muscle tension,  improve movement & flexibility…

Massage stimulates blood circulation, increasing oxygen and nutrient flow to connective tissues and muscles, easing tension and muscle knots/adhesions while soothing and lubricating joints for increased flexibility.

#4

Recover from recent injuries faster…

Massage therapy breaks up scar tissue from past injuries, giving tissues/muscles improved movement. The International Journal of Neuroscience states  that among other traumas improved by massage, research shows massage therapy improves functional abilities, range of motion and muscle strength in patients suffering from spinal cord injuries.

#3

Reduce stress!

Massage calms the body and helps relax the mind, in turn helping reduce stress by lowering the body’s cortisol levels, a prime ingredient in stress. Since stress is responsible for most illness, alleviating stress should make a major difference in overall health, wellness & attitude.

#2

Prevent injury and illness…

Tense muscles pull and tighten the body, inhibit circulation and pull the body out of it’s natural alignment. Unchecked, this can lead to a host of problems. Regular massage relaxes the body and can prevent many chronic conditions from taking hold.

And finally, the #1 reason to get a massage…….

#1

Massage feels amazing! Plus it is a form of healthcare, so by taking the time to get a massage means YOU are taking the time to care for your health and overall wellness. You’ll feel lighter, happier, with more energy plus you’ll be rewarding yourself with this healthy habit! Think of massage therapy as “preventative maintenance”, why wait until you feel like you’re falling apart? You’ll save yourself time and that can save you money! You do your best work and living when you’re feeling your best, so we hope all these Reasons To Get A Massage are enough to get you to consider how our highly skilled massage therapists can help you!