How Long Should My Massage Be?
This is a question that doesn’t even occur to many clients. 60 minutes -- Isn’t that what everyone gets? Actually no, some people get longer massages, some get shorter. Just like determining the frequency you get massage, the length of your massage depends on your particular situation and goals (see my other blog How Often Should I Get A Massage).
Types of Massage
The alphabet soup of massage techniques can be surprisingly large and daunting to a newbie to massage. As massage therapists gain experience and advanced training, their menu goes beyond much more than the typical "Swedish" or "Deep Tissue" massage.
How Massage Relieves Stress
Most people have heard that massage relieves the symptoms of stress - but how? First, let’s define stress. A stressor is a situation orevent which upsets your balance and triggers a biochemical reaction called the“flight or fight” or stress response. The stress response helps you either flee from a stressor or stand up and fight. Signs of the stress response include increased perspiration, muscle tension, and heart rate; rapid and shallow breathing, rerouting of blood away from internal organs resulting in slowed digestion.
Massage for Aching Hands
Many of us have hands and arms that ache. Pain has numerous causes, including:
In short, NO! Absolutely not! Many massage therapists have a question on their intake form that asks if you want to avoid specific areas during the massage. Some women check pectoral muscles (aka pecs) because they worry that it involves breast massage, and they don’t see the benefit of massage to these muscles.
Fascia (pronounced fash´e-ah) is the new "in thing" in massage and training. And for good reason! For many years, fascia was largely ignored by reseachers focused on muscles, organs, and other tissue. Recent research has revealed the powerful role fascia plays in movement, neuromuscular communication, and the structure of the body.
Many clients come to us with recurring headaches, pain and tighness in their jaws, or "stiff necks". We offer massage specifically designed to address these issues. During your session, your therapist will focus on your head, face, and neck with techniques designed to relieve tension and reduce pain in these areas.
Just let us know you're coming in for help with head, neck, or jaw pain when you schedule!
How Often Should I Get a Massage?
Clients often ask me how often they should get a massage. A standard recommendation from other massage businesses is once a month. My recommendation will depend on what your goals are for massage. I’ll also carefully consider your individual condition and lifestyle.
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