7 Top questions asked about getting a massage

by / Monday, 08 August 2016 / Published in Hints and Tips, Massage Types
7 questions asked about massage

At Massage Remedies Javea, we know that coming to see us isn’t always the easiest thing. For some, a massage is a necessity to curb an issue rather than something enjoyable, but we’ll do everything in our power to ensure you’re as relaxed as possible. There’s no question that regular massage can benefit the sports person. Studies have shown massage can increase flexibility, aid performance, speed recovery, and prevent injury. But the massage itself still poses questions—some too awkward to ask. We’ve put together a list of 7 top asked questions to help take the scary parts out of your next Massage Remedies Javea treatment.

1. What is the difference between a massage for relaxation and a sport massage?

A relaxation massage tends to be more superficial, non-specific, connective and flowing. A sports massage, on the other hand, is often vigorous and involves the use of multiple techniques. There are different sports massage depending on the occasion: pre-event massage has more vigorous and shorter massage strokes to elongate and excite muscle fibres; post event massage has longer strokes and may incorporate stretching to aid returning muscles to their normal length, they could include relaxing Swedish-type massage techniques; maintenance and or remedial massage aims to rebalance the body using a range of techniques and thus should be a integral part of a sport person’s training schedule.

2. The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to insult my massage therapist. What should I do?

Communication between client and therapist is essential to provide the best therapeutic massage possible. A professional massage therapist should not be offended by a client who asks them for deeper work or to move a little left or right. If they do get offended, then find another therapist.

3. Is there such a thing as too much pressure, or should I take as much as I can stand?

Yes. A therapeutic massage can at times be intense, but, it should never be painful. A painful massage is counterproductive.

4. What should I do if I get ticklish during a massage?

Communicate with your therapist. The therapist will adjust their touch/technique to help diminish the sensation.

5. Why do I sometimes get a headache after a massage?

While uncommon, massage does effect vascular circulation which for some could illicit a headache. Also, excessive pressure on the sinus cavity from being face down in the face rest could bring on a headache. Anytime you feel excessive congestion, which is quite common, turn your head to the side to help you breathe. Communicate with your therapist if your face rest is uncomfortable because it’s angled too low, high or too hard.

6. Is it normal to bruise once in a while after a session?

No, not from a sport maintenance massage. If the treatment consists of structural rebalancing techniques, then yes, bruising may occur due to the intensity of this type of work.

7. Sometimes I fall asleep on the table. Does that make things difficult for the therapist?

No, not at all. As a matter of fact, it can be construed as an act of trust. When your client is so comfortable and trusting of you, they fall asleep on the table, this is considered a huge compliment—they have completely given themselves to their therapist. A client who talks during their entire massage session is not reaping the rewards of the complete healing process the therapist is attempting to provide.

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