When you register for your first appointment you will also complete a form with questions about your health condition and specific requests so the massage professional is informed about you and can adapt the session to your specific needs.
When you arrive for your massage session you will be brought to the massage room. If you have any concerns or areas you would like the massage professional to insist on, do let us know, so your expectations can be fully met. For example, if you are using homeopathic medicine, no essential oils will be used and only an organic vegetable oil.
If you are coming for a Relaxing Californian Massage, it is a whole body massage where you are partly undressed i.e. you keep your underwear on and ladies may undress to their level of comfort by keeping or taking off their bra. You should remove all jewellery and please switch off your phone. Ladies with long hair will be asked to put their hair in a ponytail.
When you undress, the massage professional will leave the room. You will lie down on your stomach on the table. The massage will thereafter start. The massage table is comfortably heated. During a massage, as the body starts to relax you may feel cold. If so, let the massage professional know so the heat can then be adjusted. It generally takes about 10 minutes for you to start relaxing. The full body massage is done with or without essential oils that are quickly absorbed by the body. However, the relaxing effect of the oils continue to work for another 8 hours, so ideally you should not shower directly afterwards. This massage sculpts and envelopes the body. The relaxing effect is felt through the flow of rhythmic movements, light strokes, kneading and stretches, followed by long graceful movements which harmonise and strengthen the body and the mind.
How will you feel afterwards?
You will definitely feel thoroughly relaxed, your muscles will feel looser, like spaghetti strings. Your body will feel smooth and, you will be calm and content. When the massage is over, do not sit up immediately but take some time to “wake up”. Move your legs and arms and wriggle the body a bit. When it feels ok, sit up slowly. Sit on the massage table for a minute or longer before you get off it as the tiredness and relaxation may make you dizzy if you move too quickly. The massage may also improve your sleep, reduce your sense of anxiety and strengthen the immune system.
Some may even feel soreness afterwards, as if doing exercise at the gym. The massage can at times be seen as a passive form of exercise as the muscles have been worked on.
It also sometimes happens that you may have a slight headache afterwards. This is due to the relaxation and successful elimination of toxins. It will not last long. If you have this experience, you should drink a lot of water afterwards.
What to do after a massage session?
It is important to drink a lot of water. It helps to flush out the toxins in the body. The build up of toxins in the body can lead to aches, pains and fatigue. The massage helps by increasing the blood circulation in the body. Water is necessary for the blood to keep moving through the body and bring oxygen and other nutrients to muscles, organs and other tissues. So to feel the best and continue to benefit from the massage, drink more water than usual after your session.
TAKE IT EASY
Your body will let you know how you are feeling. Listen to it. You may feel like having a sleep, or just like continuing to relax with a good book or a film. Do what feels right for you. The aerobic or running session is probably better to plan at another time. Try to avoid stress. Let your body enjoy how it feels. If you are coming at the end of your work day you may want to bring some comfortable clothes to wear afterwards to continue to benefit from the relaxing sensation.
A massage can bring out a sample of different emotions. They may come during the session or afterwards. This is normal that the emotions that we hold on to are released through a relaxing massage. You may feel happy, energised, refreshed but also feel the need to cry. Stress in different forms can have this effect on us and when it is released, the body feels relieved and can let go of the emotions. No reaction is abnormal and it is ok. The massage lowers the stress hormones, and also increases the feel good hormones, which puts us in a good mood.
Many clients often complain about tension in the neck and shoulder area and request and appreciate some extra attention to this area. However, those that frequently suffer from neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Many different reasons as work, play, anxiety, stress and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing garden work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do. What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are a couple of ideas.
Take a Break
For those of you who have jobs sitting in front of the computer for many hours at a time, it is important to take short breaks as often as possible. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you're chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose.
Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! Yoga may provide you with many benefits and you can easily find yoga videos specially addressed to children. The moves and positions that are demonstrated are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying-down postures here and maybe you'll get a short break.
Heat it up
There are different types of heating pads on the market. Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels.
Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It's not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball and check out these techniques.
A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !