MASSAGE TIPS & FAQ
OUR WELLNESS SPACE
At Body Calm we have created a beautiful and comfortable studio space for you to relax completely and allow your thoughts (and your knots) melt away. We have quality linens, aromatherapy available, soft music and lighting, a heated massage table and hot towels and stones are available to enhance your experience.
Having massages regularly can reduce stress, chronic pain and muscle soreness from injury or fIrom everyday life. Massage can also help improve sleep and enhance your mood by increasing serotonin and oxytocin levels in your body. Come and spend an hour or more on the table a feel the difference a great massage can make in your life!
Massage is not a luxury, it is an important part of maintaining your body and mind’s health and well-being; when it feels luxurious, that is just a bonus!
TIPS FROM THE TABLE
- The most important thing to remember is that this is YOUR massage.
- This is your time to unwind and to unplug.
- Be kind to yourself and please remember to turn off your phone or mobile devices.
- If there is anything that will make your experience more enjoyable, don't hesitate to say so.
- Too warm or too cold? Let us know!
- Pressure too light or too deep? Let us know!
- Music too loud? Let us know!
- Above all else, BREATHE. Take nice full breaths throughout your session and allow yourself to tune out by focusing on your breath, the music, and the touch of your therapist.
- Massage reduces overall stress and anxiety
- Massage improves circulation
- Massage boosts your immune system
- Massage raises your level of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant
- Massage naturally lowers blood pressure
- Massage reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body
- Massage aids your body in the release of toxins
- Massage relieves tight and stiff muscles
- Massage can help improve your posture
- Massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Massage can help manage pain naturally
No. The saying “No pain, no gain!” does not apply in massage therapy. Muscle tightness is best addressed when you are relaxed and breathing fully. Some of the most effective relief from pain or tight muscles can come from a very gentle touch.
When too much pressure is used, the body has a tendency to tense up to defend and guard against the painful feeling, which is contrary to the therapeutic intention of the massage. This is why it is very important to communicate clearly during a massage if you feel like your therapist is working too deeply. During deep tissue massage you can experience some pain or discomfort when the therapist is working to break up adhesions in the muscles. Breathe deeply and exhale fully and always make sure that you are with in your comfort range, otherwise, please speak up, you will not offend your therapist.
While for many a massage is best enjoyed fully undressed, some people choose to only partially undress. Wearing clothes can sometimes restrict work in an area that may be beneficial to address, but work through clothing can also be effective. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed. The therapist will always leave the room for you to undress and get onto the table in private. During the massage you will always be covered by a sheet, except for the area being worked on, to ensure your warmth and comfort.
You are of course welcome to talk during a massage, but should know that it can be much more beneficial and enjoyable to just relax and quiet you mind. Your therapist is concentrating on your body and your experience; they do not need to be “entertained”. This is your time, so you can make it as quiet or as conversational as you wish.
You may stop a massage at any time if you need to relieve yourself, it happens! It is very hard to relax when you have to go, so just tell you therapist. It is of course better to go beforehand to avoid interrupting your session.
Sometimes after a deep massage you can experience a little soreness 1-2 days afterwards. It is incredibly important to hydrate by drinking a lot of water after any bodywork. This helps to flush toxins that are released from the muscles during massage to help to prevent soreness. Sometimes after deep, specific work your therapist might advise you to use ice on the area to help prevent potential tenderness.