Thursday, November 23, 2017

Finding a Good Massage Therapist Part 2

In the previous blog we looked at what goes into making a good physical/massage therapist. It's now time to look at the questions to ask the therapist to know if she is the right one for you.

What types of massage do you specialize in and why is one of them right for me?

Therapeutic massage is not a one-size-fits-all kind of treatment. There are a variety of options, each designed to treat specific conditions and improve health. Going to a clinic that offers a range of therapies, means that you will have access to a variety of options. A professional massage therapist will be able to examine your condition and recommend which type of therapy is right for you.

What type of physical problems do you have experience with?

Qualifications and skill are important but so too is the experience of the therapist. While there are therapies for different problems, no 2 people are the same and an experienced therapist will be able to modify the massage to suit the specific needs of your body.

How long will each session be and will it be better to pay more for a longer one?

Therapeutic massage is not a silver bullet that cures all ailments immediately. You may have to go for a series of sessions to get the best results. You need to know how long each session will be so you can plan your day. As for the second part of the question, if you are told that that paying more for longer sessions will be better for you, think twice. It may be that the therapist is more focused on your money than your health. If not, she would have given you the optimum time when you first asked.

How long before I see results?

This is a tough one so do not expect a clear-cut definite answer. It all depends on the nature of the problem and your overall physical condition. The therapist cannot be sure of how your body will respond to the treatment and so cannot give you a definite timeline. However, you also need to know if the treatment is effective. Ask what are the things you should look for to know if your condition is improving and a general idea of how long it is before most people start noticing an improvement in cases like yours.

Will passive treatments like ultrasound, lasers etc; be part of the treatment?

Passive treatments often form part of therapeutic massage. However, they typically play a supporting role to the actual massage itself. Your therapist is the best judge of whether or not passive treatments will be used but since you are the one being treated, you have a right to know what the treatment will be.

There is nothing like a good massage by a qualified and licensed therapist.  She will not only be able to answer all your questions clearly and accurately, but also be able to advise you on what type of therapeutic massage is right for you. The best place to get this kind of treatment is at a spa or chiropractic clinic.

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Benefits of Chavutti Massage

Chavutti is an Indian form of massage that has been used for over two thousand years. It has become increasingly popular all over Europe for the benefits it offers. Chavutti means “foot pressure” in the Indian language of Malayalam and is also known as the “rope and foot massage.” It has its origins in the Kalari martial arts of Kerala state in India. This is thought by many to be the source of all other forms of martial arts. It was originally used by the practitioners of this form of martial arts as a way to stay fit and flexible. The aim of the therapy is to restore overall balance of the body.

How It Is Done

In Chavutti massage, it is the feet that apply pressure, not the hands. The therapist holds on the rope that hangs down for support so that the feet are able to move over the client’s body in long sweeping movements using controlled pressure. Precise execution of the movements with the application of specific amounts of pressure to different parts of the body is the key to this type of massage. In some cases, special oils are used to enhance the benefits of the therapy. Although it may sound uncomfortable to have the therapist’s feet apply pressure on the body, it is not and feels natural and relaxed almost immediately. The legs and feet have more strength than the arms and hands and the special training that Chavutti massage therapists undergo enables them to use the advantages to the maximum to deliver a massage that is very different from other types of massage therapy. The massage is done with the client lying on the floor, on a comfortable mat.

The Benefits

The focus of Chavutti massage is to increase flexibility of the body and to release tension and stress. When done correctly, the therapy strengthens the muscles, causes the hips and thoracic area to open and release accumulated stress and stimulates the energy channels of the metabolism. The combination of the release of muscle tension, the stimulation of the metabolism and the relieving of mental stress all come together to make Chavutti massage a truly unique experience that enhances the feeling of well being that in turn has a positive impact tom the quality of life.

This Is a Specialized Massage

This is every specialized form of massage and is far removed from the widespread practice of standing on a person’s back to stretch it and relieve stress. It can be very beneficial to the overall well being in a number of ways and most people who try and make it a regular part of their health routine. To get the maximum benefits from it and avoid the possibilities of any injury caused by well-meaning amateur efforts, it is important that the massage be done only by a qualified and licensed massage therapist with experience in this type of treatment. Going to a spa which has this service and does it in a hygienic and soothing environment will ensure that the results are the best.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dangers of Amateur Massage

Massage involves the application of force and pressure to specific parts of the body to relieve tension and stress,promote relaxation and help in recovering from injuries. A professional massage therapist will know exactly how much force to apply, in what way and for how long so as to maximize the benefits of the massage. However, if the pressure is not applied in the right way to the right places, not only will the massage be unsatisfactory, it could also be hazardous, starting from short term pain to more serious long term injuries. That is why any form of amateur massage can be dangerous. Even if you have had massages from a friend or partner before, on a specific day your body may be more susceptible to injury which neither you or the person giving the massage may be aware of. Or pressure may be accidentally placed on a part of the body that professional therapists avoid because they know the harm that can be caused. There are some parts of the body that experts avoid.

Where ‘Not To’ Massage

There are parts of the body that should not be massaged by a non-professional because of the injury that could be caused. Professional therapists may apply pressure because they know how much to use to be beneficial.

  •     The front of the throat.
  •     The eyes.
  •      A woman’s breasts. This does not apply to men, especially athletes who may need to pave  their pectoral muscles massaged.
  •     The spine – excessive direct pressure on the spinal cord must be avoided.
  •    The tailbone.
  •    The middle of the buttocks (the “butt crack” if slang may be used).
  •    The temples – this is a common area to massage for stress relief, but excessive pressure can    lead to headaches or worse.
  •    The armpits.
  •   The front of the elbows. This is where major blood vessels are located and unwanted pressure here can be counterproductive.
  •   The back of the knees for the above said reason.
  •    The ankles of pregnant women. Excessive pressure here is known to cause premature labor.

Massage Is Safe

All that has been mentioned here should not put you off from a massage experience. It is a great way to relax and unwind and a wonderful stress and tension buster. The therapeutic benefits of massage are recognized by medical professionals across the globe. The right way to experience the benefits of a massage is to go to a spa and have it done by a licensed therapist who will give you the massage you want and which is right for you while ensuring that no pain or injury is caused. That is why regular visits to a spa are becoming an increasing part of people’s lives.

If you drove a Ferrari or Rolls Royce you would not take it to a hole-in-the-wall mechanic for service or a tune up. You would take it to a specialist. Your body is more sophisticated and complex than any car ever made. Massage is a way of caring for it and tuning it up. Take it to a specialist.

Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Evaluate a Massage Therapist

So you enjoyed your massage and felt good– that’s great. But was it as good as it could, or should, have been? How do you evaluate the quality of a massage? Could you be feeling better and more relaxed? Was the relief from aches and pains as much as it should have been? The feeling after a massage is subjective and it cannot be evaluated on a 1 to 10 scale – every person is different and the results will vary. However, there are some key factors that you can evaluate to find out how good your massage has been.

  • The massage room: Was the room or cubicle clean? Were the sheets, pillows towels etc. spotless? If not, there could be hygiene issues that could lead to rashes and infections developing later on. If music and scents were a part of the therapy, were they to your liking? If not, the overall effect of the massage could be reduced.
  • The therapist’s ability: Not being an expert yourself, evaluating the ability of the therapist is not easy. Often the pain or discomfort you feel may be an essential part of the process and without it, the massage will not be effective. If you do feel any discomfort, tell the therapist about it. If she is able to explain the reasons for it and the benefits for you in a way that you understand, then it’s okay. If not, there could be a communications gap, or, worst case, the therapist may not be up to the mark. In such a case, it would be a good idea to try a different therapist for your next massage and if the feeling of unease persists, perhaps you should look for another spa.
  • Massage Options: If you get massages regularly, the therapist will understand what your body needs and give you a massage accordingly. However, at times you may be suffering from unusual stress and strain or may have aches or injuries that need special attention. Does the spa have a full range of massage options so that you can get the special therapy you require when you need it?
  •  The Equipment: Some types of massage are done on a mat placed on the floor. Others require a special massage table or massage chair to be used. Do not hesitate to ask why a certain type of equipment is being used and what the benefits of it are. If you do not get a clear answer, it could be that the spa does not have all the equipment it needs to offer the type of massage that is best for you.
  • Feedback: Is the therapist willing to discuss your massage experience with you and answer all your questions about it? If you have suggestions on how the experience could be improved, are you listened to? Of course, there may be specific reasons why the massage was done in a specific way that only an expert therapist will know. But if your suggestions are not viable, you should be told why.

The bottom line is how good you feel after the massage. But there is no harm in finding out if the experience could be better. The easiest way to be sure of having the best possible massage experience is to visit a professional spa with qualified expert therapists who will understand your massage needs and ensure that your experience is as good as it can be and that the benefits you derive from it are maximized.

Thursday, July 20, 2017