MASSAGE FAQ'S

Defined Massage, Charleston, SC

MASSAGE FAQ'S

What is the difference between a massage from a spa and a massage from DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage?
The goal of the treatments provided by DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage is to treat the problems and not just the symptoms. Versus the traditional massage you may have seen or experienced in a spa environment with dim lighting, ambient sounds, & calming relaxing treatment, DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage focuses on point specific issues that when treated will have a profound effect in restoring the postural balance and therefore enhancing overall health & wellness. The treatment room and sessions are designed to be more of a clinical environment like that of a rehabilitation center or doctor’s office to promote the idea of healing more than just relaxation. 

 
What is an Integrative Massage?
In the field of massage therapy there is plethora of modalities that therapists can offer to provide results, but why should you be limited to just one at a time. People react differently to different treatments, so by utilizing a combination of modalities you can optimize results. Integrative massage blends many different types of modalities such as Myofacial Release, Sports Therapy, Swedish Techniques, and much more to allow you to move, feel, & BE better!
 
What should I expect during a session at DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage?
During the initial session, you will be required to fill out a health history form to educate the therapist of your medical background that may be causing or contributing to your issues. Following the health history form, the therapist will perform a brief postural analysis to determine any muscular imbalances that may be indicative of causes to the issue. The therapist will then inform you of the findings and the plan for treatment to confirm and ensure that the goals of the therapist and the goals of the client are achieved collaboratively. 
 
Doesn’t Therapeutic Massage hurt?
Therapeutic massage has a tendency to be more intense in application and usually results in the break down in scar tissue and adhesions which may lead to some discomfort, but a well-trained therapist should be able to wean the body into the treatment so that the discomfort is minimal. The discomfort one should expect is that of working out for the first time after not working out in a very long time. 
 
What type of clothing should I wear during a session or do I have to be completely undressed?
In a normal massage session, the minimal amount of interference or clothing is preferred in order to effectively treat the body, but your comfort level is of the upmost importance so you can wear what you feel is appropriate. During a treatment you are completely covered with the exception of the area that is being treated, but that is recovered once the work is done. In a session involving stretching, it is preferred that you wear flexible attire. 
 
Why is regular massage therapy so important?
There a many benefits of regular massage therapy that can be viewed on our benefits page, but to keep it brief; massage helps to lower stress, reduce pain and muscle tension, as well as assist the body in waste removal allowing you to recover faster, perform better, and be a better version of YOU!
 
Are there things I can do to make my massage better?
During your session you want to make sure that you keep a constant line of communication open with your therapist to ensure the pressure is best for you as well as your relaxation is optimal. Following your session, your massage therapist may give you stretching that may maintain the results of the session, but drinking plenty of water and icing any areas that may be tender will reduce the soreness and speed your recovery!
 
What should I expect post-massage?
After a massage you should expect to feel pain relief and relaxation but you may feel a little off kilter do to a change in the muscle composition and the muscles readjusting to the better posture. There may also be a small amount of discomfort due to the breakdown of the scar tissue and adhesions, but rest assured that it subsides quickly and leaves you feeling like a better you. 
 
How often should I receive massage therapy?
The best way to determine how often you may need massage is how quickly you react to the treatment, how active you are, what your goals are, and how well you upkeep following your sessions. Once a month is always a great rule of thumb, but you may need to visit more often for better results. Please confer with your therapist to design the best plan for your goals.