Get The Most Out of Your Massage with These Helpful Tips
The truth is, relaxation begins prior to your session... Have you ever rushed into an appointment to then feel scattered and anxious through the first half of your session? While this may not be a huge deal for say... an appointment with your accountant (who doesn't feel some anxiety about taxes?) it's really a shame for this to happen for your massage appointment. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your session and ultimately, get the most out of your massage:
Why You Should Research Your Massage Therapist
You have visited your doctor for the headaches you have been having for the past year and she says it's from sitting at your computer too much and writes you a prescription for massage and sends you out the door. Now what?
Massage is now recognized more than ever as a therapeutic treatment with many benefits by the medical community. Massage is not just about pampering anymore. More and more medical professionals such as primary care doctors, naturopaths, osteopaths, chiropractors, and physical therapist are suggesting massage for their patients. It can treat a myriad of common issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain. It can also ease the demands of pregnancy on the body, reduce stress, help diabetic neuropathy, and help athletes recover more quickly.
But where do you find the massage therapist for you? It seems we are barraged with choices. There is massage advertised in malls, airports, health clubs, chiropractor's offices, and spas.
Pregnancy is an amazing time which holds many changes. Some of the changes are exciting and welcome, but others are much more of a challenge. Extra weight gain, postural changes, hormonal imbalances and emotional stress can lead to back, neck, pelvic pain, and fatigue. Pregnancy massage is a therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the dramatic structural, physiological, and psychological ways a woman is changed and challenged throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Massage can help alleviate some of the usual complaints of pregnancy.
One of the most frequently asked questions in my clinic is "Should I use heat or Ice?" Depending on the situation they can both be useful. Here are some suggested guidelines on when and how to use ice or heat.
When Jo Murray graduated from her massage therapist training program about six years ago, she jumped directly into operating her own business. "I got busy very quickly," recounts Murray when describing how she moved Organic Wellness from its original location to its new home on Sleater Kinney Road in Lacey.
"I didn't have enough hands and needed to expand the business to help me meet business demands," says Murray.
Jo chose the business name, Organic Wellness, to accurately reflect her philosophy on healing. Organic being a natural process, and wellness the body's natural state of being "the body naturally wants to heal itself back to health and balance and as a therapist I act as a facilitator for that healing to take place".