What are the benefits of massage therapy?

The health experts at National University of Health Sciences present the top five health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health and wellness strategy:

Lower stress

The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches, jaw clenching, holding your stress in different areas of your body etc.

Increased Immune Function

Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.

Boost Mental Health and Wellness

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected by the relaxation effects of massage therapy.

Pain Management and Improved Range of Motion

Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and slow recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management and areas of tension throughout the body that may be affecting your body's natural/optimal range of motion.

When should I avoid getting a massage?

In general, there are a few conditions that would prevent you from getting a massage. Of course, do not schedule an appointment if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cold, or a skin condition that is contagious. The first trimester of pregnancy is generally considered off-limits for massage, as are active chemotherapy or other intensive medical treatments. If you have a serious medical condition and you are unsure if a massage would be safe for you, massage therapists will recommend that you speak with your primary care provider to get approval prior to scheduling a session.

What should I expect during my first massage visit?

It is important you fill out the Health History form sent to you when booking your appointment, this gives your Therapist a general overview of conditions to reference during your initial intake. They may also ask more in-depth questions to establish which areas you would like focused on, or if there are any areas to avoid. It is important to list all health concerns and medication so that your therapist can adapt your session to your specific needs without causing any harm. It is also important to specify any allergies so that your therapist may adjust the oil or cream being used during your visit.

Do I have to be completely undressed? What do you wear for a massage?

You may undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others choose to be nude. Your massage therapist will leave the room so you can undress and lie on the massage table under a top sheet. Regardless if you choose to maintain some clothing or not, your massage therapist will always ensure that you are properly covered and will check in throughout your session to make sure you are comfortable. 

Will the massage hurt?

In general, massages should not hurt. In fact, if you are in pain during a massage, this may cause your muscles to seize up, making the relaxing effects more difficult to achieve. If the pressure is too intense, speak up immediately so your therapist can adjust.  Certain techniques may result in soreness during the days following a massage, similar to that of a great workout, but in general, you should not have pain during or after your massage.

Do you talk during a massage?

Some people enjoy having a conversation during their massage but keep in mind, the treatment is all about you releasing your tensions and enjoying the experience.  Regardless of your choice, be sure to speak up during the massage if there is anything you’d like adjusted (temperature, pressure, music, etc). Your therapist really does want to make sure the experience is positive for you. 

What if I fall asleep and snore or drool?

It is very common for guests to fall asleep during their massage. If you snore or drool, don’t worry, your massage therapist has definitely seen this before and will not judge. We love seeing our clients so relaxed!

What if I have body acne, skin conditions, or forgot to shave?

Rest assured, massage therapists have seen and felt it all! Please do not feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Your massage therapist is focused on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for you, and you cannot relax if you are anxious about your body’s appearance. All bodies are deserving of the benefits of massage.

What if I get an erection during my massage?

Sometimes it happens. Yet many men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they choose to receive the massage but are unable to completely relax out of fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes men can get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full-body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this, and it should not be an issue for them. If you are still concerned, consider wearing more fitted underwear, which provides more support and coverage than traditional boxer shorts. NOTE: If the therapist feels the session has turned sexual for any guest (regardless of gender), they may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent and may decide to stop the session immediately. In no circumstance will sexual advances be tolerated at any point throughout your session. 

How often should I get a massage?

Individual preference varies, so for most it depends on your pain, physical needs, emotional needs or  budget. Receiving a massage regularly has the most benefit; this can be as often as weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. You and your therapist can discuss this. They may even make a recommendation depending on their findings throughout your session. 

How much do you tip for a massage?

Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. We recommend you think of your massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. Our therapist(s) are passionate about what they do, and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. We recommend tipping percentages be based on the full price of a regular massage, rather than the discounted price. For most people, this ranges from 15-25% depending on their level of satisfaction with their treatment.

How do I book an appointment?

Click HERE to book at Vixen Day Spa.