Specializing in Sports & Rehabilitative Massage Therapy
Here are some of the most common questions asked about massage therapy. If you have a question about massage that is not listed here, please feel free to send a message.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: This is YOUR session. Speak up! Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position of cervical spine, lumbar spine, ect.. or if you are too hot or too cold ... speak up! You will not hurt her feelings, or any therapist feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy. Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had your legs worked on last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it's perfectly fine to ask. You will enjoy your sessions so much more!
What should I expect in my first massage session? Lyssa will send an intake form to new clients and ask for them to fill out as much as they are comfortable with. It is advise to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to treatment to discuss goals and history prior to your appointment time. Afterward the intake is discussed, she will ask general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. It is important to list all health concerns and medications so she can adapt the session to your specific needs. It is also important to list any allergies so the she is aware of your needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
What should I wear during the massage? This is dependent on several factors, including technique needing to be used, and the individuals personal comfort level. Some clients can be fully dressed or in shorts and a lounge bra during techniques such as sports massage or myofascial techniques that work with dry skin, like skin rolling. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. 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. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, they will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. 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.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for 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. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique. For more technique modalities, such as Neuromuscular, clients might feel a traveling sensation, known a nerve referral. Keeping a line of communication open with your therapist is very important so as to work on fascial binding and trigger points.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Lyssa uses hypoallergenic massage lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the her attention, to tailor the right product for your skin.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. Lyssa will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform any practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.
How long will a massage treatment last? Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Due to the technical nature of the Lyssa's massage foundations, clients should be aware, the session is rarely ever focused on a full body massage. Instead treatment is slowly and meticulously focused on targeted areas to break down binding fascial layers and trigger points. The goal being to create better mobility, function, and decrease muscle dysfunction. For clients interested in half-hour appointments, be advised this only allows time for a partial massage session, such as focus work on one particular area of the body such as the neck and shoulders,or back, legs and feet.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment? Most people feel very relaxed. Some 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.