Edmonton Massage Therapy – What To Expect?
After completing a detailed health history form, your massage therapist will ask you some general questions to determine if there are any health conditions which need to be addressed, and to establish what areas of your body you would like worked on.
Depending on the technique your massage therapist feels will be most effective for your problem, you may be required to fully or partially undress (for a full body massage, most people undress leaving their underwear on). Your massage therapist will give you privacy to do this, and will ask you to lie on the massage table under a sheet and blanket once you are changed. You will remain securely draped throughout the entire treatment, while only the particular area being worked on is exposed (back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and abdomen).
A variety of massage techniques will be used, depending on your situation. Generally these include various stroking and kneading techniques, as well as light stretching and manipulation of the muscles and tissues. Your therapist will balance the amount of pressure used according to your comfort level.
At the end of your treatment, your massage therapist will ask you to change (providing full privacy once again). They will then recommend a program of care specific to your needs. This usually includes further massage therapy sessions until the condition of your muscle and tissue improves, as well as maintenance sessions to keep your muscles and tissues healthy.