If you’ve been injured and told to try physical therapy, your physical therapist may suggest massage therapy as part of your treatment plan. Massage therapy can help with a number of injuries and ailments, including low back pain, tight muscles, muscle spasms, and even anxiety. Learn more about stress management and the benefits of massage
therapy. But, if you’ve never received massage therapy before, you may be wondering what you should expect during your first massage. Here’s what you need to know to prepare yourself for massage therapy at Cherry Creek Wellness Center:
Wear what makes you feel comfortable.
Some people have anxiety about getting a massage because they don’t want to undress in front of a massage therapist. This is nothing to worry about—you can take off whatever you feel comfortable removing. As long as you are comfortable and the massage therapist can reach the affected area, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing.
Speak up if you have allergies.
Massage therapists will often use massage oils and other products during the course of the massage. If you are allergic to anything, you need to let the massage therapist know at the beginning of the session so he or she can avoid using anything that may irritate your skin. It’s perfectly fine to ask the massage therapist to see the products he or she will be using prior to the session beginning.
Tell your massage therapist when it hurts.
Every patient has different aches and pains, so you will need to let your massage therapist know when you are feeling discomfort. You should never suffer through pain in silence—always be vocal and communicate with your therapist.
Massages can go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety, but you have to allow your body to relax in order to experience these benefits. Throughout the massage, focus on taking deep, slow breaths to calm your mind and body. This breathing technique combined with the massage will help you quickly enter relaxation mode.
Go more than once.
If you’re receiving massage therapy to help you recover from an injury, you can’t expect your problem to heal with just one session. Make sure you talk to the massage therapist about the number of sessions you will need to see an improvement, and then schedule them in advance so you commit to your recovery.
Talk to your massage therapist about your noise preferences.
Some therapists play music during a massage, while others keep the room completely quiet. Some therapists will engage in conversation with you, while others prefer to massage clients in peace and quiet. If you don’t want to talk during your massage, or if you would rather have the music turned off, make this known to the therapist.
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping our patients treat pain through the use of massage and physical therapy. Are you interested in learning more about our services? Contact us
today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff!