Many people love to get massages but are unsure of the actual benefits and how to get the most from their sessions.
After working as a massage therapist for over a decade in Dallas, Texas, I've spoken to many clients and prospective clients about the important, need to know information regarding massage therapy. Its long term use for significant health and wellness benefits.
I've narrowed it down to address the most common questions I get from people wanting to know more about this amazing therapy.
1. Massage therapy, like most natural therapies, requires consistency and time to reap benefits.
It would be fantastic to go in for a massage and come out feeling brand new, but that isn't always the case.
Our bodies create muscular imbalances over time, so naturally, it will take some time to undo them. Some styles of bodywork can release chronic muscular holding patterns and benefit your overall posture. Still, it will take several weeks, months, or even years, depending on what is going on.
Some therapists also make suggestions for home care or refer to additional health care providers so that your treatments will be more productive and last longer.
I always encourage my clients to make massage a regular self-care habit to prevent pain and stress. Massage Therapy works best as preventative care.
2. Massage therapy helps muscle tissue rest, repair, and recover after strenuous activity.
Not only does massage therapy feel good, it's also an excellent option for a speedy recovery for people with muscular pain or athletes wanting to enhance their performance. Thinking that the only benefit to getting regular massage is feeling pampered severely underestimates this extremely effective natural therapy.
Regular massage adds to our quality of life by reducing everyday aches and pains that nag at us and consequently makes our stress levels rise.
3. There are many styles of massage therapy, and every therapist is different.
It's true; we all study different types of massage and have different skills that are unique to each individual.
While we all study the same necessary massage foundations, some of us specialize in different areas. Many therapists choose to study clinical styles of bodywork, while others are passionate about relaxation and stress reduction. Some therapists want only to use modern Western techniques, while others enjoy ancient, Eastern styles of bodywork.
It's best to ask around for a referral to someone that can be a good match for your specific needs. Luckily, massage therapists are very friendly and love to discuss their work, so finding a good referral is pretty simple.
For example, you wouldn't want to see a therapist who practices massage for relaxation if you need detailed work on specific muscles for pain relief from an injury. You'd want to see a clinical or medical massage therapist.
Whenever I hear someone complain about a massage they didn't like, it's because the intention of the session wasn't clear to both parties from the beginning or they were seeing a therapist who's style wasn't a good fit for them.
4. We are the facilitators, but you are the healer.
Massage therapists create space for our clients to rest and move their nervous system from its stress response into it's parasympathetic or "rest and digest" response.
When we can take a complete rest, miraculous things can happen. Our bodies can heal from many stress-related dysfunctions, we can see the world more clearly, and we can make better decisions for our well being.
Massage therapists can only hold that space for our clients, but we can not take credit for healing them. The real healing of our mind/body relationship happens in its own time and when we as individuals are ready.
What do you what your massage therapist to know?
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Hi! I’m Hillary Arrieta and I help people improve their lives by offering holistic solutions to ease stress, eliminate pain, and inspire self care practices. I own The Heeling Hut in Plano, TX. Where I teach workshops, write, and specialize in unique and effective massage and meditation techniques such as Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage and iRest® Yoga Nidra. At The Heeling Hut you'll find the best massage in the Dallas area for pain and stress management. Texas MT 040051
4/20/2015 03:40:25 pm
This post is an eyeopener! I want my massage therapist to know that I am prone to dozing off in the midst of my sessions and make tiny snore noises. #justsaying :)
4/25/2015 02:03:16 pm
That's actually a compliment to the therapist.. I love when they fall out
4/21/2015 11:35:43 pm
I am also a barefoot massage therapist...in process, perfecting my technique. My son recently moved to Bryan TX, I'll pass your name on and encourage him to visit you some day. Your Four Things article is excellent! Look me up if you ever visit the Smoky Mountains
4/25/2015 03:01:32 am
This was great to read as a Massage Therapist who has had a break from practicing.
4/25/2015 11:18:26 am
If massage therapy helps out the body so much then why don't health insurance pay for it? It could be used as preventive maintenance or to help for an injury.
4/25/2015 02:08:00 pm
Theres no profit in it for them ( or so they think) many HMOs are realizing that covering massage is actually a money saver in the end because they won't have to bear the cost of medications.
5/3/2015 01:20:17 pm
Massage therapy has helped me to identify and become one with my body. I find that visualization is a very important to carry the massage into my daily activities.
11/14/2016 11:17:06 am
Would like to schedule an ashiatsu session for 1.5
Thanks for your comment! Sorry that I'm just now finding this. You can schedule a massage with me any time from my online book. You can go to www.gaiabodywork.com and click the "schedule now" tab or here's the direct link. http://schedule.bodyworkbuddy.com/richardson-massage
4/21/2017 07:13:43 am
Thanks Hillary for speaking so eloquently about our profession. I've been a massage therapist in Kansas City for 17 years and try to help my clients achieve pain relief and balance.
I like your idea to get regular massages so you can reduce the aches and pains that come from everyday life. My cousin is trying to get an appointment for a massage this weekend. She wants to try natural and low-risk techniques to get rid of some of the back pain that she has.
12/9/2020 10:18:37 am
I've been having a hard time relaxing lately, and the stress of it is starting to get to me. It makes sense that massage therapy would be really beneficial for this kind of thing! I don't mind having multiple massages to get full benefits.
2/23/2021 02:08:57 pm
It's great to learn that massage therapy can help with muscular pain that athletes might experience. My son is wanting to recover after his football games and he was wondering how he could relieve pain in his muscles. I'll be sure to talk to him about possibly doing massage therapy after his games.
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