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Massage Therapist? Don't
you mean Masseuse?
The term masseuse has been
associated with the "massage parlor" trade which has been given a bad wrap due
to some illegal practices. To separate
these meanings from what we truly do as licensed health care
practitioners, we now use the term massage
therapist, to indicate that we are educated and licensed professionals in our
field. In no way am I trying to put down a masseuse. There are many
masseuses who perform their duties in a
Can anyone get a massage?
Almost anyone can get a massage.
There are certain medical conditions that
would prevent someone from getting a massage
while other medical conditions would require
a modified version of the standard massage
techniques. If you have any questions,
your Massage Therapist can address them in
full detai during your first meeting.
If you have a medical condition, it is
always best to speak to your physician
before trying anything new.
What will my first visit be
Your first visit to a massage therapist will
require a short meeting prior to you
receiving your first massage. The
massage therapist will ask you to sit for a
short conversation where he/she will ask
general and specific questions about you and
your health. This will give you the opportunity
to explain any problems that you would like
to have addressed and any specific questions
about what the massage will entail.
Once the heath record has been filled out,
the massage therapist will explain how the
specific type of massage will
progress. He/she will give you
instructions on how to place yourself on the
massage table (or chair or mat) and he/she
will allow your the time and privacy to get
changed and prepare yourself to be massaged.
Do I have to be naked?
It is always your choice. Most "oil" massages work best when
the recipient removes some or all of their
clothing. You should not feel obliged
to remove any article of clothing that would
make you feel uncomfortable.
Most massage therapists use sheets or towels
to cover the areas that are not being
massage therapist is trained to work around
clothing if necessary.
What are the different types of
I have dedicated a whole web page to some of
the massages that I am familiar with. Take a
look. click here
for massage types page
How will I feel after my massage?
Massage therapists are trained to apply the appropriate
pressure to the area being massaged.
If, for some reason, a particular maneuver
makes you feel uncomfortable or if the
pressure is too deep or not deep enough you
should mention this to the therapist and
he/she will adjust the movements
Depending on the type of massage you are
receiving and the purpose of the massage, it
is quite normal to feel a bit tender in
areas that have been worked on.
Massage can affect people in different
ways. Some people feel relaxed and
want to sleep while others will feel rejuvenated
and are raring to go.
If you have any questions about how you are feeling after a
massage, feel free to call your massage
therapist and they will explain what is