What happens during a massage?
When you first arrive at the massage therapist’s office, you’ll be asked to complete a client intake form. This provides the personal information necessary to determine the style of massage most appropriate for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything you’re unsure about or any concerns you might have. For example, if you prefer a lighter or deeper massage, make that preference known. The massage therapist will discover your tight and sore areas during the massage and will prioritize the time spent on these areas. Telling the therapist about these problem areas lets them prepare in advance.
When you’ve completed the intake forms, the massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get on the massage table. A sheet will be provided. The therapist will advise you to begin the massage lying on your stomach or on your back. If you begin on your stomach, there will be a cushioned doughnut-shaped device at one end of the table. This face rest allows you to be face down, while keeping your shoulder and neck muscles relaxed so you receive the most benefits from the massage.
What should I wear during my treatment?
You should undress to your comfort level. The massage therapist will work around your clothing as best as they can. As such, certain areas of the body may not be massaged at all or may receive only minimal work. Lake Regional’s massage therapists suggest you leave on the clothing necessary for you to be relaxed during the massage. Most patients choose to leave their underpants or boxer shorts on.
What does massage do?
Massage provides feedback about your body so you can make lifestyle adjustments. It also lets you take time for yourself. Clients often find that their muscles were tighter and more tender than they realized. Lake Regional’s skilled therapists can help you learn how to listen to your body and find out which areas need work.
Is there any reason I should not get a massage?
There are several reasons to not get a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not receive a massage.
- Blood clots
- Heart disease
- Infectious disease
- Kidney or liver disease
- Pregnancy-induced diabetes
- Severe cold
- Some sores
- Systemic infections
These guidelines protect both the patient and the therapist. If you are unsure if a condition could prohibit you from getting a massage, call your therapist before your appointment.
How often should I receive a massage?
At least one session a month is recommended for stress prevention and management, but more may be needed during stressful periods. Weekly sessions may be necessary for injury relief or chronic tightness.
How do I schedule a massage?
Massage Therapy is located on the second floor of the hospital near the Rehab Therapy department. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, click here or call 573-302-2771.