massage Therapy FAQs
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft tissues—muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments—within the body.
How can Massage Therapy help me?
Massage Therapy can help:
- Improve circulation
- Aid in relaxation for those suffering from anxiety and depression
- Reduce stress
- Decrease muscle pain
- Stretch and exercise weak, tight or atrophied muscles
- Pre or post workout performance and recovery
- Spasm and cramp reduction
- Discomfort related to pregnancy
- Aid in recovery of injuries such as sciatica, frozen shoulder and tendinitis
How frequently are treatments?
At East Meets West, we have three classifications and base frequency of visits that range from:
- Relief care: for acute injuries or conditions. Once every week or two.
- Corrective care: for rehabilitation of injuries/conditions. Once a week for 2–3 weeks.
- Maintenance/Wellness: prevent recurring injuries and/or reduce symptoms of conditions. 4–6 weeks
Your therapist will discuss a plan treatment specific to you and your goals.
Does it hurt? What if I only want a relaxation massage?
Communication is key! Do not hesitate to communicate your requests and expectations with your therapist before treatment and during treatment.
What should I wear?
Swedish massage is typically performed with skin on skin contact for best palpation of muscles. You can disrobe completely or to your underwear, whichever is most comfortable. Draping of a sheet and blanket is practiced during the massage, exposing only the areas being worked on.
What kind of lotion do they use and how will it affect my skin?
We use Biotone Advanced Therapy Massage Lotion and it is a hypoallergenic sensitive skin formula. This lotion hydrates the skin without clogging pores and doesn’t leave an unpleasant residue.
How will I feel after my massage?
Massage Therapy can affect everyone a bit differently. The most common reactions include minor soreness for up to 24 hours following a therapeutic massage, feelings of fatigue, and dizziness or nausea immediately following the treatment. Drinking lots of water will lessen the negative reactions.
What if I have a cold/flu? Do I still come?
No. Massage Therapy could worsen the symptoms, spread the illness faster through your body and make recovery time longer. You also put others at risk of getting ill as well.
What training has a registered massage therapist (RMT) received?
In Alberta, an RMT needs a minimum of 2200 hours of schooling at a post secondary level. Once that is complete, they register with one of the associations such as the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Massage Therapy Association of Alberta, and Remedial Massage Therapy Association. As a member of these associations, they are required to complete courses and keep their training updated throughout their practice.