December 18, 2012

FAQ to our Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists Bowling GreenMassageFIX employs only Licensed Massage Therapists who adhere to a strict code of professional ethics. Click here to read our Code of Ethics. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is below.

How can I be prepared for my first visit?
What is your policy about removal of clothing?
What is the atmosphere like?
Can I bring children or pets along?
Are hypoallergenic materials available?
What is your privacy policy?
Do your services have a guarantee?
What are the benefits of massage?
What is relaxation response?
What are contraindications?

 

How can I be prepared for my first visit?

  • Please disclose any medications that you are taking or treatments that you are currently participating in when making appointment so that your massage therapist can determine if massage is appropriate for you.
  • Do not eat 2 hours before or consume alcohol prior to massage.
  • Exfoliate skin prior to massage.
  • Do not wear perfumes/colognes, tanning products, make-up or jewelry.

 

 

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What is your policy about removal of clothing?

You can remove as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.  You will be draped completely and appropriately at all times.

 

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What is the atmosphere like?

The room is kept warm with candles, aromatherapy, music and low lighting.  You may request changes at any time.

 

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Can I bring children or pets along?

Please do not bring children or pets when getting a massage.

 

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Are hypoallergenic materials available?

You may request hypoallergenic sheets and lotions be used.

 

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What is your privacy policy?

We never disclose you personal information or anything you say to us unless  you agree.

 

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Do your services have a guarantee?

If you are unhappy with your massage for any reason, please tell us so that we may make it right.

 

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What are the benefits of massage?

Listed is a very brief explanation of some of the benefits and effects of massage.  These effects do not occur during every massage session.  The massage techniques used and the qualities of movement (rhythm, pacing, pressure, direction, duration) help determine which effects are likely to occur.  The physical, mental and emotional condition of recipients and their openness to massage also might have impact on which effects occur.

Physical Effects:

  • Integumentary  System (skin):  Stimulates sensory receptors  in skin, increase superficial circulation, remove dead skin, Add moisture with oil or lotion, Increase sebaceous gland excretions
  • Connective tissue (fascia):  Improve pliability of fascia, separate tissues
  • Circulatory system:  Increase local circulation, enhance venous return, reduce blood pressure and heart rate with regular relaxation massage
  • Muscular system:  “Milk” metabolic wastes into venous and lymph flow, relax muscles (general and specific), relieve myofascial trigger points
  • Skeletal system:  Increase joint mobility, and flexibility
  • Nervous system:  Stimulate parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation), increase body awareness
  • Endocrine system:  Release of endorphins (also involves nervous system)
  • Immune system:  Increase lymphatic flow
  • Digestive system:  Movement of contents of the large intestines, better digestion with relaxation

Mental and Emotional Effects:

  • Mental:  Increased mental clarity
  • Emotional:  Reduced anxiety, general feelings of well-being, release of unexpressed emotions

 

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What is Relaxation Response?

The relaxation response is a physiologic phenomenon activated by the parasympathetic nervous system.  Inducing the relaxation response counters the damaging effects of a chronic stress response by bringing balance to the systems (hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion etc).  Specific health benefits:

  • Decreased oxygen consumption and metabolic rate, thus less strain on the bodies energy resources
  • Increased intensity and frequency of ALPHA BRAIN WAVES associated with deep relaxation
  • Reduced blood lactates, blood substances associated with anxiety
  • Significantly decreased blood pressure in hypertensive individuals
    ° Reduced heart rate and slower respiration rate
    ° Decreased muscle tension
    ° Increased blood flow to arms and legs
  • Decreased anxiety, fears, phobias, and increased positive mental health, Improved quality of sleep

During the relaxation response, a person feels totally relaxed and is in a pleasant semi-awake state of consciousness.  General full-body massage consisting predominantly of effleurage and petrissage, with fewer specific techniques that cause discomfort, is most likely to evoke the relaxation response.  The qualities of such a session could be described as light, smooth, and flowing.  The relaxing effects of this type of session may be enhanced with certain types of music, soft lighting, warm room temperatures, and little talk.

 

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What are contraindications?

Contraindications are health conditions that you may have now or in the past that require (legally/ethically) that your massage therapist use certain cautions or not perform massage on you. Certain medications also create physiological conditions that make massage unsafe.

EXAMPLES:

Medication:

Anti-Inflammatory (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Midol, etc), & Analgesics (Tylenol)

Cautions – use extreme caution with heat therapies and heavy pressure because these medications cause reduced perception of pressure and pain resulting in possible bruising and tearing of connective tissues.

Physical Condition:

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) & Cystitis (Bladder infection)

CautionsNo massage that increases circulation may be performed on the client because bacteria from any level of the UTI can be forced upward toward the Kidneys or beyond, which is a much more serious issue that may require emergency medical attention.  Massage also will increase urination, spreading bacteria to tissues closer to the outside of the body causing increased pain and itching.

 

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