What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in healthcare was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh". Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek work for Massage).
What to expect when receiving a Massage.
Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal. Sessions generally take place in a quiet, comfortable room. It may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played.
The Massage Therapist will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information thay may help to better serve you.
The Therapist will then excuse himself so you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will the get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down.
You will be draped with the sheet at all times - only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session lasts one hour and includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. Oil or lotion is normally used.
When the massage is complete, the Therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and in the hours after your massage you should drink plenty of water.