Frequently Asked Questions

What is Massage Therapy? Massage can be very clinically defined, however the easiest definition is the application of pressure to the body to bring about a change.

 

What is the intent of massage therapy? Massage therapy can be used to help with pain and soreness associated with tight muscles caused by a wide variety of problems. This is acheived through the releasing and relaxing of the muscles in and around the affected area or through-out the entire body if needed. This also makes it a helpful and effective way to reduce stress and calm nerves.

 

Do I have to be in pain to get a massage? Absolutely not! Many people get massages for a variety of reasons other than pain. Although massage is excellent for relieving aches and pains, there are many other reasons to get a massage: Stress Reduction, Health Maintenance, Combating Fatigue, Slowing the Progress of Illness, Increasing Mental and Physical Performance, Strengthening the Body's, Natural Immune System.

 

Who should get massage? More and more people, from strained athletes to weary executives and overwhelmed homemakers, are turning to massage to relieve pain, reduce stress, and to improve the body's immune system to combat disease and illness. Many people get massages for the simple reason that it feels good and it increases their ability to relax.

 

Is there anyone who shouldn't have a massage? Absolutely. Speak with your doctor, if you have any medical condition or are on prescription medication. If you have problems with your skin, heart, liver, or circulatory system, we prefer that you have your doctor's permission before getting a massage. If you have any questions about this please contact us 890.8660 or mail@vandaliamassage.com.

 

What are the benefits of massage? Massage therapy can play a very large part in injury recovery, managing stress and easing everyday aches and pains. Massage has been proven to: Ease muscle pain and spasm, Increase circulation, blood and lymphatic flow, 

Increase delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles, Enhance skin condition, Release endorphins, Speed healing of soft-tissue injuries, Speed recovery between athletic performances.

 

What do I wear? This is entirely up to you. You may leave on or take off as much as you wish. We want you to be as comfortable as possible. We have a strict draping policy: you will be covered with a sheet and blanket during the massage except for the area that is being worked on. Your modesty will be protected at all times.

 

What happens during a massage? This varies from session to session as well as from therapist to therapist. If this is your first time with us you will fill out a short medical history form. The therapist will then reveiw the form and ask some questions so that they may tailor the massage to best suit your needs. They will instruct you as to how you should get on the massage table. This is also a good time for you to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. The therapist will then leave the room and allow you time to get ready and relax a bit. Your therapist will knock on the door and ensure you are ready and then the massage will begin. We strongly urge you to communicate with your therapist at all times about the progress of your massage. We can always adapt to best meet your needs but only if you ask us to. Your therapist will inform you once the massage is finished. They will then leave the room and allow you time to relax a little more, get dressed, and meet them in the waiting room.

 

What can I expect after my massage? Lactic acid is a byproduct of your body's use of oxygen and nutrients. During a massage, the lactic acid and other toxins are worked out of the muscles. Water helps flush your system of anything released during the massage.

 

How often should I get a massage? This is a question we get all the time. In short there is no hard and fast rule. Because there are many factors involved, it is a good idea to discuss this with your massage therapist. Learn from them about your body. See what he or she notices and what you notice. The most important thing is that you get on a regular schedule whatev er that may be for you. Many times your massage therapist will find muscle tension you weren't even aware of. By reducing the amount of muscle tension in your body, you are also reducing your risk of injury, should you take a fall.

 

What qualifications are required to be a massage therapist? In the state of Ohio you are required to take 750 hours of training from an approved school. There you study anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage technique and application. You must then pass an examination administered by the Ohio State Medical Board. Once you have passed this exam you are issued a license by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice massage therapy. Many massage therapists take additional training in various techniques that apply to a wide variety of conditions and situations. Please feel free to ask your therapist about their training and experience.

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