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How To Double the Benefits of Your Massage

How To Double the Benefits of Your Massage

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Considering massage therapy? 

Massage therapy offers numerous benefits for both physical and mental well-being. It promotes relaxation and stress reduction. During a massage session, the body's production of stress hormones like cortisol is reduced, while the release of feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine is increased. This leads to an overall sense of relaxation and improved mood, which can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Massage can help relieve muscle tension and pain. Skilled massage therapists can target specific muscle groups and use various techniques to release knots and tightness, increasing blood flow to the affected areas. 

This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with chronic pain conditions, such as lower back pain or tension headaches. Improved circulation and muscle flexibility can also enhance athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Massage therapy can also improve overall physical health. Regular massage sessions have been associated with enhanced immune function, which can help the body fend off illnesses more effectively. 

Improved blood circulation can contribute to better skin health and faster healing of wounds. Moreover, relaxation and relief from stress can have positive effects on sleep quality, further supporting the body's natural healing processes. 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

The benefits of massage extend beyond mere relaxation, encompassing a range of physical and psychological advantages that contribute to a healthier and happier life. Listed below are some specific conditions with which massage therapy can help: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nerve pain
  • Postoperative care
  • Scar tissue
  • Soft tissue strains and injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders

Physical benefits:

  • Improved circulation
  • Decreased muscle stiffness
  • Decreased joint inflammation
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Quicker recovery between workouts
  • Improved flexibility
  • Less pain and soreness
  • Strengthened immune response

Mental benefits: 

  • Lower stress levels
  • Improved relaxation
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • More energy
  • Increase the feeling of wellness

Four Ways To Double the Benefits of Your Massage

Read on if you are interested in gaining knowledge about how to double your benefits of massage therapy treatment.

1. Be On Time

You must arrive a little early for your appointment so that you can complete the health history form. Your RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) will be able to accurately diagnose your condition before you ever talk to them if you fill out a health history questionnaire prior to your session. Also, it enables them to conduct preliminary research in order to be as prepared as possible when they conduct their initial evaluation. 

As most therapists are typically busy or fully booked, try to arrive early if possible or, at the very least, on time for your appointment. Being late will take away from your RMT’s valuable time because they most likely have a client scheduled directly after you.

2. Communicate Your Specific Needs or Concerns With Your RMT

Be prepared to describe your concern in detail. Your RMT can better create a treatment to specifically address your issues with more information. Although it may seem like your RMT is asking a lot of questions, all of this information is crucial. Your RMT will be able to treat you as precisely as possible, thanks to it. In the long run, it will help you reach your healthcare objectives more quickly.

Understand that the RMT will not only work on an area of pain or dysfunction, but also the area that is causing the issue, even if it feels like there is no problem there. In most cases, injury, pain, or stiffness is not just isolated to a specific area. All the contributing areas need to be treated to fix the issue and prevent it from coming back. But if you are not sure, do not hesitate to ask your RMT what they are doing and why!

3. Be Vigilant

After the treatment, pay close attention to the instructions and home care activities the RMT gives you. Massage therapy is merely one type of practical treatment that makes up the rehabilitation process. 

When it comes to resolving issues and ensuring they don't recur, both the home care exercise and modification are crucial. Your RMT can show you the way to rehabilitation, but you must follow that path.

4. Book a New Appointment Right Away

Around 95% of the time, more than one treatment is required to resolve your mobility difficulty, stiffness, or muscular pain.

You can guarantee that you can receive your second (follow-up) treatment in accordance with the RMT's treatment plan by scheduling your next appointment with us before you depart. Your development will be slower if you wait too long in between treatments, because the RMT will have to start from scratch each time. 

Owl and Oak Therapeutic Massage

We at Owl and Oak Therapeutic Massage believe our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves. Through our hectic work schedules, our overwhelming home lives, and all aspects in between, we can lose touch with ourselves. 

Our goal at Owl and Oak Therapeutic Massage is to help facilitate the natural healing process with active listening and therapeutic touch. Each person who walks through our doors has different needs and goals. We believe in working collaboratively to develop a unique and individualized treatment plan based on history and desired outcomes.

Contact us today to experience the benefits of a massage!