Massage is the manipulation of skin and muscle by a therapist to release tension and bring balance and wellbeing to the body. There are many types of massage. The best-known traditional massage is known as Swedish massage; a lighter massage with oils is an aromatherapy massage; a sports massage targets injuries and strains. Many variants of these exist, including massage in corporate yoga, Chinese medicine, and even hot stones.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH MASSAGE
The most common question people ask before a massage is, ‘Do I leave my underwear on or not?’ The answer is that the massage therapist will not be surprised by either choice - they have seen it all before. If in doubt, ask - you will not be the first or last person to ask this question. Massage usually begins face up and the client turns for the second half of the treatment. You may fall asleep - again this is not unusual and the therapist will wake you up gently if this does happen. Not all massages use oil; sports massage is often localised and dry.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Massage moves lymph and facilitates detoxification but the major benefits are from stress reduction and the relief of localised tension.
Massage can be too deep and cause pain during or after the treatment. Massage can be too light, leaving the client feeling bereft and annoyed. Oils can cause allergic reactions.