Being someone who is always on the go, exercise has played an important role in keeping my physical and mental health in balance. My interest pushed me to work as a PT tech where I was able to work with patients and to teach exercise. That in turn got me interested in massage and practicing yoga. I received my certification for massage from Irene’s Myomassology Institute. I continued to work with patients and worked as a massage therapist until I had my daughter. With being a mom and life my direction shifted. My family has grown over the years, adding my husband and 3 step children. As life goes, a shift brought me to Explore Yoga. It was the best twist of fate because here I am now as a receptionist and massage therapist. I look forward to what the future holds and am happy to be a part of the Explore family.
Why is it essential to communicate during your session?
Your massage experience at Explore Yoga Studio is all about you. Your therapist's goal is to make your time as enjoyable and beneficial as possible. If you want any adjustments – whether it's the pressure, focus areas, position, temperature, music, or anything else – don't hesitate to speak up. Your therapist will appreciate your input, and it won't hurt their feelings. Your comfort is our priority.
What to Expect During Your First Massage Visit
During your initial visit, your massage therapist will ask you to complete a health history form and may inquire further to understand your focus areas and specific needs. It's crucial to list all health concerns and medications to ensure a tailored and safe session. Don't forget to mention any allergies, so the therapist can adjust the oil or cream used accordingly.
Do You Have to Be Completely Undressed? What to Wear for a Massage?
You can undress to your comfort level. Your therapist will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress and lie on the massage table under a top sheet. If you opt to remain dressed, wear form-fitting, breathable clothes for optimal therapeutic benefits. However, this might limit direct skin and muscle contact. Rest assured, your therapist will always ensure you're appropriately covered.
Does a Massage Hurt?
Generally, massages should not hurt. Pain during a massage can cause your muscles to tense up, hindering relaxation. If the pressure feels too intense, don't hesitate to speak up so your therapist can adjust it. Some techniques may lead to soreness in the days following, similar to post-workout soreness. Overall, though, you should not experience pain during or after your massage.
Do You Engage in Conversation During a Massage?
While some people enjoy conversing during a massage, remember that the focus is on releasing tension and enjoying the experience. Regardless of your preference, feel free to communicate any adjustments you'd like, such as temperature, pressure, or music.
What If You Fall Asleep?
It's common for guests to drift into sleep during massages. Your massage therapist is accustomed to this and won't judge. We love seeing you in such a relaxed state!
What If You Have Body Acne or Skin Conditions?
Rest assured, your massage therapists is experienced and non-judgmental. Your therapist's focus is on creating a soothing and therapeutic experience, not on your body's appearance. If you have concerns, your therapist may offer product or technique recommendations to address any bothersome conditions.
How Often Should You Get a Massage?
The frequency of massage varies based on individual preferences, pain levels, physical and emotional needs, and budget constraints. Receiving massages regularly offers the most benefits, ranging from weekly to monthly sessions.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Pain Reduction: Massage therapy can help alleviate both acute and chronic pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, natural painkillers produced by the body. It also promotes better blood circulation and reduces muscle tension, contributing to pain relief.
MINIMIZE STRESS & ANXIETY
Research shows that massage therapy can reduce the levels of stress hormones like cortisol while increasing the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. This can lead to a significant reduction in stress and anxiety.
Massage techniques, such as kneading and friction, enhance blood flow throughout the body. This improved circulation can aid in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues, as well as the removal of waste products, promoting overall health.
ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY/RANGE OF MOTION
Regular massage sessions can help increase joint flexibility and range of motion by breaking down adhesions and promoting muscle relaxation. This is especially beneficial for athletes and individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
BETTER SLEEP QUALITY
Massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality by relaxing the nervous system and promoting a state of relaxation. This can be particularly helpful for those who struggle with insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns.
These benefits of massage therapy are supported by scientific research and demonstrate its potential as a valuable complementary therapy for various health and wellness goals.