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Massage & Bodywork
Massage therapy is effective in the control of pain, chronic or acute.
A licensed, skilled massage therapist can become an important and integral part of your health care team.
Lifestyle factors, such as long work hours, sitting at a desk over a computer or looking down at our tablets, phones and other electronic devices lead to unhappy muscles due to bad body mechanics and repetitive motions. Physically taxing tasks lead to overuse and tight muscles. A seemingly minor injury can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to stay physically active, participate fully in life, or even make a living if it becomes chronic. An overly sore muscle cannot function properly. Massage therapy relieves and prevents physical dysfunction by alleviating or preventing pain. Therefore, dysfunction can be combated.
Let our therapists relax your tight and tense muscles! Unfortunately, many people do not realize how much a tight muscle can impact their body such as in their posture. A tense muscle can throw off your body’s balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. It becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem area. Our Licensed Massage Therapists identify the source of the problem and start working to alleviate where it all started. We help to break the chain!
Massage Therapy improves circulation, recovery time and immune system function – The manipulation of soft tissue (massage therapy) causes blood to flush in and out of muscles and joints. This flushing process enhances circulation in the affected areas and can aid recovery time from injuries.
What You Can Expect During Your Massage
On your first scheduled session at Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center you will be asked to fill out our initial intake form. This time allows you & your therapist to go over your symptoms, medical history and desired results. By sharing this time, you and your therapist build a trusting relationship, helping to ensure an understanding of your goals and desired results from your session. At this time, you will also discuss the type of massage and techniques you desire. Your therapist will design an effective customized massage session to address your individual needs.
Next, you will be taken to your private suite where your massage therapist will explain a few things: Where to place your clothes, undress only to the point that you’re comfortable, whether to lie face down or face up on the table, cover yourself with the sheet provided, offer a blanket if you are cold, and make sure you have no more questions before she leaves the room.
Before entering, your massage therapist will knock on the door and ask if you are ready. An evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply will begin the session. Relax and let go. Clear the mind. Occasionally, your massage therapist will check in to make sure the pressure is appropriate and within your comfort level. A massage should never hurt! At Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center we like to take it to a level of where it hurts, but feels so good! At times there could be a little discomfort, but, if at any time you are thinking, “I wish my therapist would quit”, you need to tell us the pressure is too much!
When the time scheduled has ended, the therapist will instruct you to take your time and move slowly. There is no rush. Never jump up! Sit up and then gradually stand. Your therapist will be waiting for you outside the room with water. Give yourself 5 to 15 minutes to recover. Have a seat in our Center, drink some water, and enjoy the moment.
After Your Massage
If this is your first massage session or if it has been more than a month since your last massage, you could experience a few after effects. These after effects are perfectly normal and should only last 12-18 hours.
A massage helps all body systems function more efficiently by speeding up waste removal and the elimination of toxins. Massage can also help rid an individual of negative deep-held emotions. Yes, emotional releases can happen. If a release should occur, fear not. Our therapists are trained to support you in this time. We hold a safe place for you to experience whatever it is you need to experience.
So, after your massage, be prepared for the following:
- A feeling of tiredness and complete relaxation. You may feel like you are floating or a little lightheaded. A euphoric feeling. Some refer to it as a natural high.
- Muscular ache and/or headache due to the nerve fibers responding to the deep work that has taken place.
- Frequent urination due to the stimulation of the lymphatic system.
- Changed sleep patterns, usually deeper, peaceful and less restless sleep.
- Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions.
- Active bowels. All body systems will work better, including digestive.
- If the body is holding an unusual amount of toxins, you may even feel nauseous after your session.
- If you received deeper bodywork, you may feel post massage soreness one to two days after your session. This is nothing to worry about. Most people feel a great reduction in their original muscle tightness and/or pain after the delayed soreness resolves itself. Long-term aches and pains caused by tension or repetitive activity should lessen if not completely be gone.
Keep in mind: your muscles may continue to relax for several hours following your massage.
After your massage, Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center recommends:
- Drink plenty/extra water. Massage moves metabolites and other cell by-products (toxins) out of the tissues into the lymph and blood stream. Water flushes these by-products out of the body. The daily recommendation for water intake is 1/2 your body’s weight in ounces. Keep in mind: muscles are made of 80% water! Keeping them well hydrated will help rid the body of metabolic wastes and allow your muscles to work more efficiently.
- Rest. Allow your body to absorb the work you just received.
- Soak in a bath of warm Epsom salts. This will also help pull the toxins out and reduce any possible soreness after your massage. Try 2 cups of salts in a bath of warm water for up to 20 minutes. (This soak/bath is contraindicated for anyone with cardiovascular problems or any other conditions that might respond negatively to forms of heat therapy.)
- Sit in our Infrared Sauna. This too will help you remove the toxins and reduce any muscle soreness.
- If you are sore after your massage session, we recommend applying ice to the area for 10- 20 minutes. As long as this soreness exists, apply ice. We have a saying at Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center: “Ice Is Your Friend!”
- Since your muscles are warmed up after a massage, this is the perfect time to do a little gentle yoga/ light stretching.
Most important: Take this time for YOU. Allow your body to absorb the work you just received!
One Last Word
We’ve established how receiving a massage can do your body, mind and soul a world of good. But, One Massage Every Few Years Isn’t Going to Do Much!
While one massage can certainly help, it packs the greatest benefits over time.
Increase the benefits of massage therapy with frequent visits. At Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center we believe EVERYONE should receive an hour of massage therapy every month. THIS is good, regular maintenance. However, if you have chronic ongoing issues or a particular problem that needs to be addressed, your therapist may recommend more frequent visits in the beginning. Once you and your therapist feel your issues are under control, then you can return to a regular monthly maintenance routine.
All your muscle tightness and pains can never be totally worked out, as you are constantly living, breathing, and moving your body, but getting your muscles loosened as a tune up seriously helps diminish injury.
Massage therapy works and it’s proven to be most effective when it is used as a preventative measure. At Sacred Moments Massage & Healing Center, we feel it is much easier to keep you healthy with monthly massages than it is to “fix” you once you are broken!
So the next time you’re thinking about getting a massage, remember that this experience runs a lot deeper than just pampering yourself! Having a massage can be seen as a great tool for improving your overall health and well-being. Regular massage can be a step in the direction for increasing your own capability to enhance and practice exceptional self-care.