- Your massage session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room which is an escape from the outside world. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for comfort.
- The average full body massage session lasts one hour with 50 minutes hands on time. A half-hour only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders with an average of 20 minutes hands on time.
- Traditionally, a massage is performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for comfort. We always provide you with fresh, clean sheets and/or towels to drape yourself. You will be properly draped at all times. Only areas being worked will be exposed.
- Desired outcome and health issues will be discussed beforehand. This will determine which areas are to be addressed. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders.
- Please tell your therapist if you require more or less pressure, or to stop if you have pain. It's your massage and we promise to make it an amazing experience for you.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Back pain - More than one study has shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back pain. In fact, one 2003 study showed it worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back pain -- reducing the need for painkillers by 36%.
Headache - Another type of pain, headache, also responds to massage therapy, as shown by more than one study. Massage therapy can reduce the number of migraines a person has and also improve sleep.
Osteoarthritis - In the first clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function. The control group had no such change.
Cancer - Used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your immune system.
Anxiety - A review of more than 12 studies shows that massage helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And massage increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.