Frequently Asked Questions
About Massage Therapy.
These are the most commonly encountered questions regarding massage therapy. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact the Clinic.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is defined as the assessment and treatment of soft tissues and joints of the body - to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical function and/or or relieve pain. It does not include manipulation or movement of the spine or joints of the body beyond an individual's usual physiological range of motion.
What to Expect at an Appointment?
How Often Should I Get a Massage?
Once your therapist has treated you, they will assess and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to relieve your problem. Depending on your condition, a series of treatments may be suggested. If you're simply interested in massage for relaxation, then the frequency of treatment would be up to you.
How Can I Improve the Effects of Massage?
You will be asked to complete a health history form, which the therapist will discuss with you to assess your general health and identify any conditions or problems you may have. Additionally, you may be asked to perform particular movements to check for restricted movement, muscle or joint pain, or to assess posture. This assessment enables us to structure the best treatment plan for you and your body.
What Will I Wear for the Massage?
A level of undress is usually required for treatment, however you will be asked to leave your underwear on. You may be asked to remove your bra if you are comfortable to do so, to allow the therapist to access areas such as the back and shoulders. You will be appropriately covered with towels at all times, except the area being worked on, so you will feel comfortable.
How Will I Feel After the Massage?
Most people feel refreshed and energized following a massage. However, lethargy and fatigue may occur, which is typically the result of bodily tissues being relaxed after receiving treatment.
Will I Be Sore After the Massage?
Depending on the style of massage and pressure used on the tissues, you may feel a slight soreness that is similar to the feeling you experience after exercising. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and typically eases within 2-3 days, if present at all.
Increase your water consumption following the massage, as this helps to flush out the toxins that have been released in your muscle fibers and surrounding tissues. Depending on your treatment outcomes, stretches may be recommended and you should follow through with these at home to maximise the effects of the massage.
What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Inflammatory conditions, such as Arthritis and Tendinitis
Stress Relief and Associated Conditions
Headaches & Migraines
Muscle Spasm and Ligamentous Sprain
Back & Neck Pain
Repetivive Strain Injuries, such as Tennis Elbow
Circulatory & Respiratory Problems
Pregnancy & Labour Discomfort
Post-Injury & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
And Many Other Conditions