Massage Therapy FAQ
How many hours should a massage therapist work?
It is dependent on the therapist. Most therapists work 4 days a week.
What are the disadvantages of massage therapy?
Massage therapy can create muscle soreness after treatment as you are creating a healing response in the body. Some people experience this, some don’t. It is patient and treatment dependent.
Does massage reduce inflammation?
Massage therapy has been scientifically proven to decrease inflammation if your body is in an inflamed state.
How often should you get a massage?
Depending on how one feels and how much impact they place on their bodies it can vary. People who work out heavily and regularly tend to attend treatment more than someone who doesn’t. The average person attends massage therapy once every 4-6 weeks.
What is the difference between a Swedish massage and a regular massage?
Swedish massage is a general term for the basic techniques that a massage therapist uses. There is no difference between a Swedish massage and regular massage.
What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a regular massage?
The difference between a deep tissue massage and regular massage is the amount of perceived perception on how much pressure is being used. Everyone’s bodies respond differently to different amounts of pressure on various areas of the body. During different times of the month, a woman may experience different amounts of pressure due to the hormone fluctuations that are occuring.
What is the difference between a sports massage and a deep tissue massage?
A sports massage is meant for recovery (post-event) or for stretching and preparing the body (pre-event).
What is the difference between a masseuse and a massage therapist?
A masseuse is an old term that is still used in different parts of the world. A massage therapist is someone that has formal training and in certain parts of the world, including Canada, is a recognized health care professional.
What is the difference between therapeutic massage and relaxation massage?
The difference between a therapeutic and relaxation massage is the speed in which the techniques are performed.
What is massage therapy used to treat?
Massage therapy can speed up your recovery from surgery, rehabilitate an injury, reduce stress, and improve circulation.
What is rehabilitative massage?
Rehabilitative massage focuses on healing an injury.
Registered Massage Therapists FAQ
What is RMT?
RMT is an acronym for registered massage therapist.
What is RMT therapy?
Registered massage therapy treatments will help your body heal, relax and feel better overall.
What is a RMT massage?
RMT massages are massages that have been performed by a registered massage therapist.
What is the difference between a massage therapist and a registered massage therapist?
A registered massage therapist is someone who is registered with a professional college in their province or state. The college has been recognized by the government and is overseen by the Minister of Health.
Swedish Massage FAQ
What does a Swedish full body massage include?
Swedish massage was developed by Swedish doctor, Per Henrik in the 1700’s. The firm yet calming pressure throughout the treatment characterizes this type of massage.
The five basic strokes of a Swedish massage include:
During the massage, all of the above strokes are all applied in the direction of the heart. This is done in order to encourage blood circulation and the disposal of bodily waste.
What are the benefits of Swedish Massage:
- Shortens recovery time from muscular strain
- Increases circulation
- Decrease lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes
- Stretches ligaments and tendons
- Stimulates the skin and nervous system while soothing the nerves at the same time
- Reduces stress
- Promotes health and well-being
Prenatal and Infant Massage FAQ
What is prenatal massage?
A prenatal massage is a modified version of Swedish massage. Therapists will make sure that the baby is safe and that the mother is comfortable during the treatment. The treatment is modified as deep tissue work which should not be attempted on pregnant women.
What are the benefits of infant massage?
- Relief of pain caused by gas, constipation, chest congestion, teething and colic
- Promotes relaxation
- Improvement of nerve pain
- Promotes deeper and longer rest
- Supports building secure attachments
- Helps babies gain weight
- Decreases crying in babies preterm
How early can you get a prenatal massage?
You can receive a prenatal massage at any time during the pregnancy.
When should you start massaging your baby?
You can start to massage your baby as soon as they are delivered.
Post Natal Massage FAQ
What is a post natal massage?
Post-natal massages focus on working with the muscles as they readjust to pre-pregnancy positions.
What are the benefits of post natal massage?
- Decrease soreness
- Promote healing
- Decrease physical and structural stress of carrying and caring for a newborn child
- Promote rest and relaxation
- Reduce muscle tension and headaches
- Decrease swelling
- Hormone regulation
How long after birth can you get a massage?
The amount of time one may choose to wait after birth to get a massage is patient dependent. There are some women that have received a post natal massage treatment the day of delivery.
Is post natal massage necessary?
Post natal massages are not necessary, however, most patients have gone through a huge change in their body.
When can I go for a massage after a C section?
The amount of time one may choose to wait after a C-section birth to get a massage is patient dependent. There are some women that have received a massage treatment the day of delivery. The patient should be laying on their side to eliminate drag on the scar.
Deep Tissue Massage FAQ
What is a deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage aims to decrease chronic tension throughout muscles in the body. It is also known to help increase flexibility and range of motion and aid in improving posture. Deep tissue massages are often uncomfortable, but the therapist should only work as deep as the client is comfortable with.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
- Encourage lymphatic drainage and increase circulation
- Help heal minor strains and connective tissue injury
- Encourages the body to repair any damaged cells
- Decreases muscle tension in conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s
- Helps to lessen symptoms associated with Muscular Dystrophy
What happens when you get a deep tissue massage?
A deep tissue massage will help decrease the tension in your body.
How often should you get a deep tissue massage?
The frequency of a deep tissue massage is patient dependent. Some patients may need it much more often than others.
How painful is a deep tissue massage?
Discomfort is always manageable and your therapist should be working within your pain tolerance.
Can deep tissue massage cause damage?
No, a deep tissue massage cannot cause damage.
Sports Massage FAQ
What is a sports massage?
A sports massage is great for athletes of all levels and ages. As athletes train, they almost always overuse their muscles causing strains, tears and imbalances in the soft muscle tissue. Unfortunately, athletes often ignore aches and pains until they turn into more serious injuries. The more it is ignored, the worse the strain or injury becomes.
What happens at a sports massage?
Pre-event sports massage – Usually an hour before a sporting event, the massage lasts between 15-20 minutes. The massage is brief and invigorating. It also helps to warm up the muscles.
Post-event sports massage – This type of massage is more calming and relaxing compared to pre-event massage. It decreases muscle pain and soreness and reduces inflammation, encourages blood and oxygen return, and helps to flush out metabolic waste products. The massage generally lasts between 15-20 minutes.
What are the benefits of a sports massage?
- Helps prevent injury due to overuse if received as part of a program
- Promotes muscle repair
- Helps release and built up tension and lactic acid
- Boosts performance
- Maintains the body generally in better condition
- Prevents loss of mobility
- Breaks down scar tissue
- Pain reduction
How long should a sports massage last?
The massage generally lasts between 15-20 minutes.
Can you train after a sports massage?
Yes. It usually is an hour before a sporting event, the massage lasts between 15-20 minutes. The massage is brief and invigorating. It also helps to warm up the muscles.
Do sports massages hurt?
Sports massages should not hurt as it is to prepare the body for the event.
How should you feel after a sports massage?
After a sports massage, your muscles should feel relaxed post treatment.