· A massage is a massage no matter where or by who.
Unfortunately in Saskatchewan massage therapy is not a regulated profession. This is something the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan is working hard to achieve. Please research massage therapists before you go in for a treatment!
There are also many different modalities of massage or soft tissue manipulation. RMTs deliver these modalities differently and depending on what is decided as best treatment. The modalities I currently provide are:
Swedish Technique – long strokes useful for relaxation and stress relief.
Deep Tissue – slower, deeper strokes to target deeper muscles and connective tissue.
Sports Massage – treatment used to help prevent or treat injuries, or prepare the body for a sporting event.
Trigger Point – focus is on areas of tight muscle fibers.
Orthopedic – rehabilitation treatment following injury or surgery.
· Massage is used only to pamper yourself.
Massage is useful for a number of different conditions. Regular massage can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while promoting regular sleep cycles. Healing from injury is improved with massage, as well as maintaining optimal functioning and wellness. Over time, with regular massage treatment, a decrease in blood pressure may be seen.
· You should be sore the next day.
Tenderness is normal to feel following a deep tissue massage. It is also normal to feel no pain. Pain is not indicative of an effective treatment. Discuss options for post massage pain with your massage therapist following your treatment.
· Massage moves toxins in the body.
This is a common misconception and is often taught in massage therapy courses. There is no solid scientific evidence to prove this occurs. Regular massage does improve circulation, which is the body’s mode of eliminating toxins and waste.
· Massage can get rid of cellulite.
If this was true I would be a millionaire!
· You don’t need to complete a medical history, especially for relaxation massage.
A medical history is VERY IMPORTANT! There are conditions that are not suitable for massage. Knowing your conditions, medications, surgeries, etc. will help me in deciding if massage is appropriate and the best way to deliver a treatment to you.
· Massage therapy is too expensive.
Most health benefits will cover massage therapy treatments and I direct bill most benefit companies! That means little to no money out of your pocket!
If you haven’t done so yet, get a massage and see how it can benefit you!
~ Kirsten, RMT