Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.
Massage is the application of manual techniques to the soft tissue to mobilise them to maintain flexibility. Massage is especially effective in breaking compensatory pain postures and patterns. For example, a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the person clench the affected muscles even harder, which, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can reduce muscle tension and break the pain cycle.
At Ararat Physiotherapy & Health Services the massage therapist will be able to consult with your physiotherapist and other relevant health professionals to discuss the type and level of massage most beneficial to get the best results.
Studies have shown massage can assist in the treatment of a variety of disorders including:
- Headaches and neck pain
- Low back pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Anxiety and Depression
- High Blood Pressure
What are the benefits of massage?
- reduced muscle tension
- improved circulation
- stimulation of the lymphatic system
- reduction of stress hormones
- increased joint mobility and flexibility
- improved skin tone
- speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
- heightened mental alertness
- reduced anxiety and depression.
What will happen in the massage therapy session?
Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a towel. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
I have allergies to some oils? Should I tell my massage therapist?
Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.
How long will the session last for?
A massage session may last from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
Does it hurt?
If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It's likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.
Is it OK if I feel a bit sore the next day?
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
When should I avoid massage?
Massage is not recommended during pregnancy, especially the first trimester, if skin rashes, cuts or infections are present and if fractures or broken bones are suspected.
We also offer a ‘mobile massage service’ to your home or workplace.
Corporate packages are available.
Call Ararat Physiotherapy and Health Services for further details!