Below are some frequently asked questions about massage therapy:
Why is drinking water important after massage?
Drinking plenty of water is always important. One of the best tools of preventative health maintenance is drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. The human body is composed of 70% water, and water is involved in nearly every bodily function, including digestion, nutrient absorption, circulation and waste excretion. During a massage, waste products are massaged out of the muscles into the blood stream. Drinking extra water helps to eliminate these waste products from the body.
How often should I receive massage?
If you have a chronic condition, you may want to schedule 1-2 appointments a week for a few weeks and gradually lengthen the time between appointments. However, under normal conditions, once a month is recommended for health maintenance. Start taking one hour out of each month to spend on yourself!
Can massage help with my fibromyalgia?
Yes. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and increases range of motion and blood circulation as well as controlling pain. "This type of alternative medicine has been a wonderful form of treatment in patients with fibromyalgia," writes Dr. Mark Pellegrino, M.D. in his book The Fibromyalgia Survivor.
"The first 1 or 2 treatments can often cause increased muscle soreness, so using ice, heat, creams or medicines afterwards may be needed. Once the muscles become used to the technique, the usual response is one of considerable relaxation and decreased pain."
What should I wear during my massage?
You can wear as much as you want during your massage. You will be covered by a doubled-up sheet and a large bath towel throughout your session. Many people wear just their underclothing, while some people bring in a bathing suit or shorts and a T-shirt and still others feel more comfortable remaining clothed. Your level of undress is entirely up to you.