Our first blog post from Andrea Snow, our Massage Therapist.
In my 19 years as a professional massage therapist, I often find that people are surprised about the “therapy” part of massage therapy. What is therapy? And why is massage considered therapy?
People seek therapy to cope with a wide variety of issues, emotional and physical. Therapy is treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder. So, massage therapy is also a process, and follows the same model as other types of therapy. Here’s how the therapy process works:
- We work together. I need your honest input, and you need my honest input.
- Assessment. In our first meeting, we pinpoint the problem. Sometimes it’s one specific point of one specific muscle, sometimes it’s many muscle groups.
- Protocol. We craft a plan for how often you should be seen, and what techniques to use. This is determined by your body, and not an arbitrary “rule” for massage. Often, I need to see clients more frequently (maybe once a week for a few weeks), then, depending on the issue, taper the frequency to your level of need.
- Work through the issues. Massages are supposed to feel good, right? In the beginning stages of massage therapy, you may not feel as “good” as you expected. You may be sore after the massage (from getting the massage), the pain you’re experiencing may not immediately “go away” or will still “come back” after a few days or weeks. This is not due to a faulty massage, it just takes time for our bodies to heal. We also need to remember that often the actions we do that make our muscles ache in the first place, we will still continue to do. These are things like sitting for long periods of time, poor posture, or carrying a heavy bag every day, etc. For massage therapy to help you in a prolonged, meaningful way, improvements or changes to your body mechanics may be necessary.
- Conclusion. Therapy is designed to end. It’s been my experience that, generally, the initial pain you may have been complaining about will decrease substantially through massage therapy, and in a relatively short amount of time. Often, after we’ve worked through the issue, clients will then book massage appointments for tune-ups, maintenance, and, yes, just to relax.
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