Specific blends of pure essential oil aromatherapy are
used to enhance your massage experience. If you are fragrance sensitive, please
notify the therapist prior to your massage.
History of Massage
Dating back as far as 3,000 BC in the Chinese and Japanese cultures and 4,000 BC in Greek history,
massage therapy is considered to be one of the oldest treatments used by man. Hypocrites’ writings
include recommendations for the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulation problems. In
the United States during World War I & II, massage therapists were employed in Army and Navy hospitals.
Massage and bodywork are becoming more widely accepted in rehabilitation programs, pain clinics,
stress reduction centers, HIV clinics, and hospices to name a few.
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic Massage is the systematic manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for
the purpose of promoting circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxing the muscles, relief from
pain, and the restoration of metabolic balance. Any one particular technique, or a combination
of several techniques can be used.
Can anyone receive massage therapy?
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children,
and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate.
A qualified Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) is trained to recognize these cases.
Many Massage Therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while other Massage Therapists
concentrate on certain conditions (fibromyalgia) or groups of people such as athletes, performers,
women during pregnancy (including labor and delivery), infants and children.
When booking your first session, be sure that the Massage Therapist is the right choice for you.
Which technique is used most?
Swedish massage is the most widely known modality. The technique includes long strokes (effleurage),
kneading movements (pettrissage), friction both superficial and deep, vibration and percussion. Oils,
lotions and lubricants are usually applied. This technique is often used in combination with other
What are the benefits of Therapeutic Massage/ Bodywork?
Therapeutic massage and bodywork can improve circulation, help to loosen contracted muscles
and stimulate weak muscles. Therapeutic massage and bodywork can also aid relaxation, help to
reduce stress, help to prevent and relieve pain from injuries and muscle spasm, and improve
flexibility. It promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves posture and strengthens the
immune system. Therapeutic massage and bodywork also fosters a peace of mind and a feeling
of well-being, promotes mental alertness, improves the ability to monitor stress signals and
respond appropriately, and enhances one’s ability to calm thinking and creativity. It also
increases the awareness of mind-body connection.
Who can benefit from receiving massage/bodywork?
Individuals in all walks of life can enjoy the benefits of massage/bodywork. If you are a
stressed-out executive, a student, a laborer, a stay-at-home mom, or an ill and homebound
person, massage/bodywork may be an option to aid you on the road to recovery, well-being or
maintaining your level of health. Massage/bodywork can help release muscular tension and pain,
reduce mental and physical fatigue, reduce stress, and promote faster healing.
When is massage/bodywork contraindicated?
There are specific situations where massage and bodywork will not be warranted, including, but
not limited to broken bones, recent surgery, inflammation of the skin, varicose veins, open wounds,
acute infectious diseases, acute pain, fever and blood clots to name a few. It is important that
the client inform the practitioner of their current health status. There will be cases where the
practitioner will require a release from the physician prior to the treatment.
About the massage/bodywork sessions…...
Prior to the actual massage/bodywork session, the practitioner usually asks the client to fill out
a client information form to document pertinent medical information. The practitioner will then
speak with the client and discuss the treatment.
The massage/bodywork session is usually conducted in an atmosphere of calm, quiet and comfort
so that the client can relax. Most sessions last 60 minutes, however, shorter as well as longer
treatments are not uncommon.
Will my Massage Therapist keep my information private?
As regulated health professionals, Massage Therapists are required to maintain the information
you provide, both verbally and in written form, in the strictest of confidence. Information
that is collected about clients may only be disclosed with your written consent.
How often should I have massage therapy?
Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in
acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or
preventive treatments. Through mutual discussion, your Massage Therapist can help you establish a
program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle. Your Massage Therapist is most interested in
your recovery and in the maintenance of your health. Any recommendation for further treatment is
being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.
How do I know I am using the services of a Registered Massage Therapist?
All Illinois Massage Therapists are required to be licensed. You may check online with the
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to see if your chosen therapist has a current
Does massage therapy hurt?
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can
cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no
technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with the client and
obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to the
client's tolerance level. The client can stop or change the treatment at any time and Massage
therapists will modify their techniques to meet their client's needs.
I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?
No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Massage Therapists, whether that is in the
context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide
important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All LMTs are
trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all
times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.
Licensed Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you
are comfortable with them. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are
uncomfortable, your LMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves
the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience.
There are clothing required therapies such as Medical Massage for Arthritis called Arthrossage, which
is a compression based therapy which is done fully clothed.
Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your Massage Therapist.
Should I shower prior to getting a massage?
Out of courtesy to your massage therapist who may be working in areas close to your body, please
do shower and exercise good personal hygiene prior to having a massage. It is also recommended
that you not use perfumes or lotions prior to a massage.
Can I still have a massage if I am sick?
No! Especially if you are running a fever, the viruses will be moved through your lymphatic
system and the infection could become systemic. You would have the great possibility of
feeling even worse after your massage. Also, out of courtesy for your massage therapist and
all the other clients and patients they will treat, it is better to re-schedule your
appointment for another day.
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