All About Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy
Massage therapy involves the rubbing and kneading of soft tissues and muscles in the human body. This is to promote healing and enhance a person's health and well-being. 
It is thought the term 'massage' originates from the Greek word, 'Massein' meaning 'to knead'. It is also linked to the Arabic word, 'mash' which means to 'press softly'. Both aptly describe the treatment, which is now used in healthcare, beauty therapy, and sports. 
There are more than 250 variations of massage and bodywork therapies used today. Despite the differences between each modality, all of them involve touch and manipulation techniques to move muscles and body tissue. The aim is to relieve stress, tension, pain and a whole host of other ailments. 

The Origins of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy history dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in its medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt.
2700 BCE: The first known Chinese text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” This book was first published in English in 1949, but has become a staple in massage therapy training and is also often used as a textbook for teaching many other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure, and herbology.
2500 BCE: Egyptian tomb paintings show that massage therapy was also a part of their medical tradition. Egyptians get the credit for pioneering reflexology. Their studies and traditions greatly influenced other cultures such as the Greeks and Romans.
1500 and 500 BCE: The first known written massage therapy traditions come from India, but practice may have actually originated around 3000 BCE or earlier. Hindus used the art of healing touch in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, translates to “life health” or “life science.” It is regarded as the basis of holistic medicine, combining meditation, relaxation, and aromatherapy.
Into the West
Early 1800s: It was from this early massage therapy history that the Swedish doctor, gymnast, and educator Per Henril Ling developed a method of movement known as the “Swedish Movement System.” This is regarded as the foundation for Swedish massage most commonly used in the West today.
Although the “Swedish Movement System” was developed by Ling, it was Dutchman Johan Georg Mezger who defined the basic hand strokes of Swedish massage.
Today the most common types of massage practiced in the western hemisphere are Swedish massage, the Japanese massage practice of Shiatsu, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Prenatal/Postnatal, Medical massage and many more modalities.

New To Massage Therapy

This Section was put together for the new apprehensive client. My goal is to educate my clientele so they will be able to understand massage therapy better. 

Q: What type of massage do I need?

A: Best way we can tell you is by getting to know you and what you are hoping to achieve from your massage therapy session. Every massage has different benefits and qualities. Best thing to do is talk to your therapist one-on-one about your likes, dislikes, and pressure level. Open communication is key to receiving a massage custom to your body and preferences.

Q: What does " Undress to my comfort level" mean?

A:  When a therapist tells you to undress to your comfort level, it means exactly that. Massage can be done with or without clothes on, but you will always be covered by draping. Some clients are fine being nude beneath the table draping and others keep underwear, socks, bras, and sometimes all of their clothes on. If you are not comfortable with undressing at all refer to question one and talk to your therapist. Standard massage covers from your head to your toes. The only areas that are not a part of massage therapy are the groin, intergluteal cleft (butt crack), and on females the breast tissue.  These areas should never be touched by your massage therapist.

Q: Can I talk during the session?

A: Yes, of course, you can. It is your session after all. Though it is preferred if you allow yourself to relax mentally and physically. Some clients talk through the whole session, others talk through the first few minutes, and some don't talk at all. All things aside the therapist should follow the clients lead and only reciprocate.

Q: How often should I get a massage?

A: After your first session your therapist should make a recommendation. Depending on what you may need work on and how often you may need it. Everybody is different. If we are working out a particular problem we will recommend possibly weekly visits until the problem is resolved. If you are coming in for just relaxation we recommend at least once a month, but you can come in for more. Talk to your therapist about your best course of action.

Q: How do I prepare for a massage?

A: Just come to the studio. There is no need to prepare or do anything special. Some clients shower or rinse off before they come to wash off any dirt or debris they may have on their skin. Others come straight from work. Body hair is not a problem for men or women. So you do not need to shave especially for us.

Q: Do I need to tip?/How much should I tip?

A: Tipping the therapist is not mandatory or required. It is greatly appreciated when you do. The amount to tip is very much an individual decision. $5, $10, or $15 for a 60-minute massage tends to be standard for most therapy clinics. Tipping doesn't always have to require a monetary donation. Referring friends and family to your therapist is greatly appreciated too. Even leaving a great review for future possible customers to see. All count as great tips.

(these standards only reflect tipping within my business. Most therapists at chain stores rely on tips as half of their income.)

Q: What if you didn't answer my question in this area?

A: Contact us. Give us a call, send an e-mail, or send a text message. I will answer any question you have with the best of my abilities.

Well, I hope I have answered most of your questions and look forward to having you as part of the Rising Lotus Holistic  family