In professional settings massage clients are treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common.
Deep Tissue Massage
QUESTION: When shouldn't I receive Massage Therapy?
*Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
*Burns or healing wounds
*Deep vein thrombosis
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
QUESTION: What are the benefits of receiving Massage Therapy?
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
*Insomnia related to stress
*Myofascial pain syndrome
*Soft tissue strains or injuries
*Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.
Derek Mindset Becton
Massage Therapist & Health Coach
Derek is a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (#12933), Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and Certified Personal Trainer with 8 years of Mental Health experience. He has worked with a Forbes rated hotel & spa, a few massage franchises, and a chiropractor office. He also believes that people need more good touch/energy and wants to do his part in making this happen. Derek’s motto is “Mindset, where everything starts!”