Many people think that a massage is a massage. However, there are many different types of massage, for example: deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, myofascial, etc. The many options can make it challenging to figure out what type of massage will work best for you. At Pairmore & Young, we concentrate on “medical” massage, and the doctors work closely with the massage therapists to give our patients the best possible results and experience, and make recommendations according to individual treatment needs.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering medical massage:
Do I have to get undressed to receive a massage?
Typically, people completely undress for a full body massage. This allows the therapist easier access to the areas that will be worked on, and to apply the lotions or oils that will lubricate the skin to eliminate friction. However, if removing your clothes makes you uncomfortable, you may undress to your comfort level, and the therapist will do their best to work around the clothing.
What am I expected to do during a massage?
The key to a successful massage is allowing the body to “relax”. Breathing deeply will promote relaxation and help you receive optimal results. You may close your eyes and remain quiet, or keep your eyes open and chat with the therapist, either way is fine. Feel free to ask the therapist questions anytime during the massage.
Will the massage hurt?
Depending upon the type of massage and the pressure being exerted, there can be a “feel good hurt” loosening up tight muscles in a deep tissue massage, versus an “ouch, stop it kind of hurt”, which is what we do not want to cause. An effective, deep massage should work in conjunction with your body’s natural relaxation response, not against it to cause uncomfortable pain. Pain can cause a person to tighten their muscles and negate the relaxing effects of massage, therefore we want the pain level to remain completely bearable.
Am I going to be sore after the massage?
You may possibly be sore after your massage, but not necessarily. Most people find that they simply feel looser. Some people are sore after a deep tissue massage, however, because they haven’t had those muscles worked on in a while. We do suggest after any massage that you drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that may be lingering in your system. Epson salt baths and ice are recommended if you do by chance become sore. If the soreness lasts 3 days or more, please notify your therapist so that they can adjust the pressure on you for the next session.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency of massage depends on your specific needs, your body’s response, and the doctors’ orders. One to two times a week is common, up to one time a month. Listening to your body is key.
Do I have to listen to traditional massage music while I am getting a massage?
Statistically, music with beats under 60 per minute have a calming effect on the body. However, you may listen to whatever will help you relax. Please let your therapist know of your preference beforehand if you have something specific in mind.
Is it common to get an erection while receiving a massage?
Occasionally, men can experience an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic massage, simply because relaxing touch can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Our massage therapists are professionals, and are aware of this possibility, and it should not be an issue. Wearing supportive underwear is an option if this is a concern. If for any reason the massage therapist believes the session has turned sexual in any way, they will stop the session immediately.