Massage Therapy Benefits,

Contraindications, & FAQ'S

Benefits of Massage:
Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is when the maximum benefits can be achieved. And remember, feeling good in your body is NOT a luxury! Regular massage is truly an investment in your health and emotional well-being, as you will discover by reading what is here for you!
 

I am happy to do whatever I can do to help clients schedule as frequently as possible. And best of all, as a private practitioner, I can help you establish a treatment protocol at a price you CAN afford!
 
Some of the Benefits of Massage:

  • Alleviate pain and improve range of motion.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Relieve migraine/headache pain.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body's natural defense system.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.


Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of all disease is stress related, and perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be unrealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. Furthermore, the emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

There are contraindications to receiving massage.This is a professional guideline for all massage therapists to follow in providing

safe massage therapy to their clients.


Published by Associated Body Workers and Massage Professionals, my policy holder for liability insurance.


It is an industry standard to have the following restrictions in order to protect your health and well-being. There are three types of contraindication: 

  • When massage should not be performed at all.
  • When massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.
  • When massage can only be performed once medical permission has been given by a doctor.


When a massage should not be scheduled at all:

  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem.
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication.
  • Recent operations or acute injuries.
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases/infections.


When a massage can be performed, but not over contraindicated areas:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Pregnancy
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis


When a massage can be performed with a doctor's written consent:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves​Gynecological infections. 


Frequently Asked Questions, and My Answers:


Q: How often should I receive a massage?
A: To receive maximum results and benefits with chronic/longstanding, lingering pain or injuries: In the beginning of your treatment protocol, the optimal massage regime is once per week for 4 -6 weeks.

For maintenance: Most clients schedule every other week. A minimum of one massage per month is recommended if scheduling more frequently is not an option. For general relaxation or a special treat - as much as your budget will allow! These are only recommendations, and clients who prefer to schedule as needed are always welcome.

Q: How much time should I schedule for my massages?
A: All appointments are given the full time scheduled. Choosing the right amount of massage time varies considerably with each client. All attempts are made to provide you with an effective massage, given the time made available.

For a Swedish Relaxation Massage, 50 - 60 minutes is generally sufficient. With Comprehensive, Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage, the more time I have to work with you, the better. I will always make recommendations based upon the nature of your sessions. If extra time can't be scheduled, a partial body massage may be given. 

Q: Will I be covered up with a sheet?
A: Yes. It is required by law and preferred by most professional massage therapists. You are "draped" with a sheet, and only the body part I am working on at any given point in time will be exposed.

Q: Do I have to get completely undressed?
A: Generally you are asked to completely undress. But, it is important that you feel comfortable during your massage. Panties & briefs may be left on, if preferred.

The only reason massage therapists ask you to completely undress is to be able to have free access to the gluteal region. This is the largest muscle group in the body, and is often involved in low back, hip and leg pain. However, this area can be worked on through a towel or sheet as well.

Trust in knowing that professional massage therapists are no different than doctors are in the way we view the body: in terms of anatomy and physiology only.

Q: Why does the massage feel uncomfortable at times?
A: When considerable tension is present, the tissues become tight and restricted. Because of that, they receive less blood flow and therefore less oxygen and nutrition, and can become full of toxins. The level of tenderness is equal to the level of tension and toxins present in the tissues. Once we clear those away, massages usually become very pain free and relaxing. Another reason regular massage is highly recommended!

Q: Should I wait to be in pain to schedule a massage?
A: No, but sadly, many people do. The goal is to maintain a stress/tension free body. Once you have pain, it is the same as waiting until you're thirsty to drink water, or hungry to eat food. Your body is definitely signaling something is not right to you.

The simplest way to put this is: tension accumulates, it does not go away. By the time you feel it, it is over done, your body is over saturated and screaming out for your attention!

Q: Will a few massages be enough to correct my muscular pain?
A: Not generally. Many clients who receive alternate treatments beyond their normal massage regimen will say they feel much better, and that this other treatment seems to be helping them. That usually comes with frequent visits of being seen 2 -3 times per week. But, there are just as many times when clients say that even one massage has helped them immensely, often over a lapse of 2 weeks or more! So, the right kind of massage can actually be more effective than many other treatments, if given the chance to work!

Regardless of the approach, it takes time to see results and to progress. With massage therapy, much depends on the nature of your condition. Chronic pain or long standing issues require frequent sessions, especially in the beginning, with a maintenance program afterwards, of at least one massage per month. Schedule as often as you can afford to, and you will feel better with each massage you receive!

Q: I receive regular massage therapy but I still have tension. Why?
A: Tension and stress will always be a part of our reality. Even exercising creates muscle tension. Emotional stress, postural habits and sleeping patterns also effect our body daily.

Because massage therapy is not a permanent cure in most cases, even the clients who receive massage every week come in with some degree of tightness and pain. The difference is in the amount of time that has passed between massages.

For every week that goes by, more and more tension will accumulate. The amount of tension that has accumulated since the massage received will have to be cleared away. If that was a long time ago, there's usually a lot of built up/settled in tension. If it was a week ago, you have one weeks worth, which is new tension, and is easily released.

Q: Is it okay to exercise before or after a massage?:
A: It is recommended that clients do their best to consider their massage day to be a day of R & R: Repair and Restoration. It is best to schedule massages on non-exercise days if possible, in order to achieve maximum benefits.  But, if you must exercise, it is best to do so before your massage and not afterwards.

Postponing high energy/hard core workouts allows your therapist to become aware of, and differentiate between tension areas that are normally present, verses addressing tension due to being pumped up by strenuous exercise.

These are only recommendations, and each client must decide what works best for them.​​