Frequently Asked Questions
What benefits can I expect from massage therapy?
*Massage has been proven effective in:
• Decreasing pain • Reducing anxiety and stress • Improving range of motion • Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms • Reducing muscle soreness • Boosting immune system • Lessening depression• Relieving back pain • Promoting tissue regeneration • Easing withdrawal symptoms • Treating cancer-related fatigue • Easing labor pain and stress • Relieving migraine pain • And more *from: Your Guide to Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, NCBTMB
Why is it so important to drink lots of water after receiving massage & bodywork?
The “knots” that are found in the soft tissue can be identified as toxicity made up of lactic acid & chemical waste. They appear as fibrotic adhesions in the muscles. Massage mechanically breaks those chemicals down, and they are released back into the interstitial fluid where they can be carried on out of the body. If you do not hydrate well when receiving bodywork, those chemicals find their way back into the tissue, leading to aches and even flu-like symptoms. Whatever your body weight is in pounds, half that number is how many ounces of water you should be consuming daily, more so when are exercising or receiving bodywork. Please drink your water!
Why does it matter how long I hold my stretches?
Muscles have memory, it’s part of how they protect themselves. When our muscles have developed new memory and are in a shortened state, it is especially important to re-train that memory. The myotatic spindle reflex is an automatic response designed to protect muscles against injury. Most people freely admit that they do not stretch enough. The only problem with that is that human nature is predictable… “If I don’t stretch enough, then when I do, I’m really going to make it count.” This way of thinking usually results in stretching beyond the point of reflex. Holding this kind of stretch too long will cause micro-tears in the muscle fibers (injury). When the body senses injury, it sends scar tissue to the rescue, not exactly the result you were looking for by stretching.
What’s the difference between Swedish massage & Medical massage?
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered modality in the United States. Most therapists will begin a session with Swedish techniques to gently coax the muscles into submission. Some therapists will use Swedish massage techniques, but enhance their sessions with a variety of other types of bodywork. All Massage Therapy has the ability to reduce stress and chronic pain, increase range of motion and circulation, enhance relaxation and mental well-being, and rid the body of harmful toxins in the cells. Swedish massage generally has relaxation and venous return to the heart as the focus. Medical massage is indicated for injury rehabilitation and functional tissue re-education. Injury can be caused by accidents, repetitive use, postural deviances, lack of proper stretching, or even sleeping ‘wrong.’ Pain and stress are two major driving factors in the need for Medical massage.
My insurance covers Massage Therapy, do I just have a co-pay?
Many health insurance policies cover massage therapy. At Aroma Cd’A, we can provide you with a paid invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. At this time, in order to continue offering the discounted package rates that we do, insurance billing is not available. If you do have coverage and would like to chose your Massage Therapist, you need to contact your insurance provider and inquire about procedures. Usually the process is quite simple, as long as your therapist carries a Washington Massage License.
How often should I receive bodywork?
Most people find that regular massage is not only effective in ridding the body of unnecessary discomfort, tension headaches, nerve impingement, etc., but can also prevent these injuries. For some it may take 2-3 visits per month at first, tapering down to once every 4-6 weeks. Others believe that their bodies need weekly massage. Considering the body-mind connection… whatever you believe, you’re probably right and your body will likely oblige.
How do I choose a Massage Therapist?
It is so important to recognize that just as each individual personality is unique, so is every body. Massage Therapists are the same way. We all have our own individual style and personality that will play a great role in the techniques and modalities we use. No two therapists will give the same massage, even if their training was identical. Find who you’re most comfortable with, and whose style and techniques provide the results you’re seeking. NCBTMB and AMTA both have online locators which allow your search to be narrowed by modality.