What is involved in a massage treatment?
Firstly, the therapist will record some details about your health to ensure a massage treatment is suitable for you. They will also ask questions about your lifestyle in order to understand more fully your particular needs, physically and psychologically – this is the whole person approach.
Holistic massage uses techniques derived from Swedish massage applied with natural oils. The massage therapist will use their hands, arms and elbows to manipulate the underlying structures of the body.
Massage therapy is performed on a specialised couch or table. Clients are required to undress to their underwear. Towels are used to keep clients warm and covered. Privacy is guaranteed, no other therapist or client will be permitted into the room during treatment.
The routine will be adapted to each clients’ needs. Massage includes warming, stretching and squeezing muscle tissue, manipulating joints to encourage improved motion, nourishing the skin through the use of oils and exfoliation resulting from the movement of the therapists hands, and stimulating blood and lymph flow by creating heat and movement in the tissues.
Treatments usually last between 45 minutes and 90 minutes. Clients leave relaxed, in most cases it is advisable to take some time readjusting to your ‘normal’ day. Ideally treatments are scheduled so that you have time to continue relaxing afterwards. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol after a massage.