For General Massage
1. What should I expect during my first massage consultation?
Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form. Once you are in the consultation room, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like work on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine of the massage is appropriate for you. You massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
During this discussion, it is your opportunity to communicate your needs, concerns, and any areas you prefer to have specifically worked with and conversely, the areas you would like the therapist to avoid.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies, so the therapist is aware if he or she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the treatment.
Last but not least, during the massage, you should always speak up and let the massage therapist know what you need whether it is more pressure or less pressure.
2.What happen after the massage treatment?
Your massage therapist should give you a professional recommendation at the conclusion of your massage session. These recommendations could include how often you should get a massage, benefits of regular massage as well as a piece of self-care such as some stretch and strength exercises you can take away from the session to increase the cumulative effects of your massage.
3. How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed but if you received a deep tissue massage, you may be slightly sore the next day and a few sports are tender to touch. It feels like after a good workout at the gym.
Moreover, sometimes you might feel a little slow for a short period of time and then notice an increase of energy, increased mobility of joints, increased productivity and most important is decreased the pain of the muscles which can last foe a number of days.
4. What to do after the massage treatment?
After your massage treatment you should increase your water intake. A glass or two more than normal is usually fine unless you have been told to restrict water intake by your doctor. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated, maintain your healthy muscle tone, and reduce tissue repair time. Sometimes a hot shower, or a stretch exercise can ease this soreness.
Massage usually is not a one-and-done therapy, and it is important to know what you should do between sessions to enhance the positive effects.
5. How often should I get a massage?
It varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a treatment every three to four weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are seeking to address a specific musculoskeletal issue or condition, then it is recommended more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule.
Frequency of treatments should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he or she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular problems.
For Oncology Massage
1. What is oncology massage?
Oncology massage is a customized and specific massage technique that has been designed and developed for someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer.
Oncology massage is a form of systematic touch, a skilled touch, a gentle and safe massage. It is also an effective treatment that can generally reduce the side effects in both short and long term from surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments.
2. Does massage spread cancer?
The answer is NO. Over twenty years ago, cancer patients were being told that they cannot have a massage at all, because massage can increase the circulation of the body which might spread the cancer cells. However, daily exercise was one of the most common recommendations to patients by oncologists. As we all know, exercise can increase circulation. Therefore, cancer patients not being recommended to have massage treatments was a misconception due to lack of understanding of cancer.
In fact, oncology massage has great therapeutic benefits for people who live with cancer or had a history of cancer. The benefits of oncology massage include to increase relaxation, reduce pain, improve mobility of joints, increase healthy muscle tone, reduce cortisol (stress hormone), enhance production of serotonin (happy hormone), normalize endocrine functions and so on.
3. Do I need a doctor’s permission to proceed with massage?
If you have lived with cancer or had a history of cancer you should always consult with your doctors, GP, or oncologists when considering having an oncology massage. After your physician has given permission to you to have massage treatments, you should ensure that you research and find the appropriate therapist who has trained in oncology massage.
4. Is it important for my massage therapist to have oncology massage training?
Yes, a trained oncology massage therapist will have better understanding and knowledge of the pathology of cancer, and more experience in dealing with side effects of cancer treatments, therefore, he or she will make safe adjustments for your massage treatment.
For safety reasons and for better treatment outcomes, cancer patients should only be massaged by qualified and trained oncology massage therapists.