Health & Well-Being

Reducing Stress: Massage Therapy

What Should You Expect?

A massage session can run from 60 – 90 minutes, depending how much you want to spend.  You don’t need any special preparation. Just wear some loose fitting clothing — it makes it easier to get undressed, and you can undress to the extent to which you feel comfortable. Your therapist will probably rub oil or lotion on your body to reduce friction, so let them know if you have any allergies to ingredients.

Before your session begins, your therapist should ask you if you have any specific concerns, and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. While you’re getting worked over, communicate with your therapist. Let them know if you want more or less pressure, and whether you want certain parts worked and not worked. If you have a muscle that feels like a knot, you may feel some discomfort as your therapist works it out.

Now, not all therapists are created equal. When you set up your appointment, make sure the therapist is licensed or certified (most states regulate massage therapists). You may also want to ask your doctor for a recommendation. Still, there’s likely to be some trial and error to find the therapist and massage technique that’s right for you.

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