A firm pressure massage used to target areas of pain or injury. It help release congested muscles causing improved blood circulation and releasing lactic acid build up from within the muscle. Therapeutic Massage is great for relaxation, pain relief, and speedy recovery for overworked muscles. Modalities and methods used include kneading, percussion, cross fiber friction, trigger point, and heat therapy.
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You do not need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your licensed massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history, and what you are hoping to get out of the massage. You and your therapist will go over what type of massage they feel is more beneficial for you due to the concerns that you are having. In a typical massage therapy session, you should undress only to the point that you are comfortable with. Your therapist will go over the proper draping techniques, step out of the room for you to get ready, and then knock before they enter.
Do not worry if this is your first massage the therapist will keep you covered. If a massage therapist is applying to much pressure, ask for them to go lighter. Occasionally, you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It is likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up. It is important to voice your own comfort and level of pressure for a successful massage treatment. Afterwards, it is especially important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. The next day you may feel some slight soreness if the therapist worked on a knot or sensitive muscle or you received a deep tissue massage.