I have to undress for a massage?
You may leave your clothes on, please wear comfortable, loose soft material clothing.
You may change into shorts or undress to your comfort.
Private areas are not exposed.
are covered with a sheet or towel.
If you prefer to leave your clothes on, you may do so. Please wear thin material clothing.
· The exceptions are craniosacral therapy and shiatsu in which you may remain fully clothed.
· You will be asked to undress to your level of comfort and lie down on the treatment table under the sheets.
Massage therapists are trained to respect your modesty, and will undrape
only the part of the body they are massaging. Generally, you may leave your underwear on.
Notify the therapist for any modesty concerns you may have.
How often do I come
in for massage?
· Massage treatment for remediation from a recent injury, the
recommendation is two times a week for four weeks than one time every 3 weeks to one time every 4 weeks, etc.
· The same goes for long-term dysfunction like chronic back pain.
· For relaxation and general health improvement the recommendation is once a month or more. Depending on each individual.
How do I choose a type
· Do you want lighter touch, or deeper?
Recommendation is Swedish or relaxation massage
for your first massage.
· For deeper work, recommend deep tissue massage.
· For specific injuries, choose a therapist who has trained in injury treatment or has pain management specialties with
certified advance training.
massage therapy hurt?
· When you have had muscle pain and dysfunction for some time, your tissue can feel sore to
the touch. Mild pain with treatment is common and can be a function of releasing tight muscles to create relief.
· Give your therapist feedback. She will want to know how you are feeling.
If the treatment you are receiving is causing you so much discomfort that you are unable to relax, ask the therapist to ease
up or stop.
· You are in charge of your treatment and too much pain can be counter productive. Verbalize your feeling and the
therapist will lighten up the pressure to your comfort and continue treatment.
· At the end of each massage, you should feel better and the treatments will become more comfortable as your tissue function
improves after each treatment session.
· After a session, you may feel some muscle soreness for a day or two until your body readjusts and heals itself.
· Be sure to drink extra water. Putting an ice pack on any sore areas for twenty minutes or
taking an Epsom salts bath can be very helpful.
Can massage help reduce stress
· Massage releases tight muscles where tension is held and improves circulation throughout the body. Lying down
in a warm place, listening to calming music and having a caring, skilled therapist massage your sore muscles provides a uniquely
wonderful way to reduce stress.
· Some of the benefits, you may experience clearer thinking, improved mood, better digestion,
and increased energy and vitality.
Is it safe to receive massage
· Yes it is safe and beneficial and comforting.
· Massage therapy can be received throughout your pregnancy term and after the birth of your child for recovery care.
Be sure your therapist has advance training in prenatal massage.
· If you are experiencing complications during pregnancy, discuss your condition
with your doctor or midwife first.
much of my body will be massaged?
For relaxation, Swedish a stress relief massage usually includes the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, face, chest (above breasts for
women), and hips. Abdomen upon request.
What studies have been done on
has been studied for its use with
o adults who have recently experienced a heart attack or stroke
who desire to increase their performance and shorten recuperation time,
of sexual abuse,
patients and for common soft-tissue conditions like low back pain and neck pain
Clinical research has shown massage therapy
Is effective for treating
chronic back pain than other standard treatments.
Promotes relaxation and
alleviates the perception of pain and anxiety in cancer patients.
Reduces post-traumatic headaches
Lessens pain and muscle spasms in patients.
Stimulates the brain to
Is beneficial for normal growth
in premature babies.
What are the Health Benefits
affects the nervous system by relaxing the entire body.
circulation is enhanced throughout and the muscles are stretched and relaxed.
and sore areas can get worked out and muscle holding patterns released.
of physical pain and stress improves your physical well being and your mental state.
muscles are massaged, body waste products accumulate, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasms.
o Improves blood and lymph circulation and brings fresh oxygen and other nutrients
to the affected tissues.
muscles tend to compress blood vessels and stretch nerves, thus restricting blood flow and causing pain. The massaged
muscles gradually release the irritated nerves, and the pain eases.
o Massage has shown to increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering
enhances medical treatments and may shorten the time it takes for the body to recover from injury and illness.
can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue, promote
digestion, improve posture and reduce blood pressure.
o Relief from headache, neck ache and eyestrain
o Deep relaxation of body and mind
o Freeing of muscle adhesions and softens scar tissue caused by injury
o Aid in healing of scar tissue due to injury
o Relief from muscle spasm or cramping
o Enhanced body awareness
o Nourishment of the skin and improved skin tone
o Improved sleep quality
The health providers who send patients to Restoration
Hands of Aloha Massage Clinic, Inc., for clinical treatments. for common diagnoses for which doctors entrust their patients
to RHOA are:
pain, cervical strain/sprain
pain due to scoliosis
pain, rotater cuff issues
sprain/strain (low back pain),
and arm pain due to muscle tightness
of muscle, muscle cramps
R E S E A R C H
Body Therapy and Massage Aid in Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery
Dissociation and lack of bodily self-awareness are common among
women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, according to this study's researchers. "Body-Oriented Therapy in Recovery
from Child Sexual Abuse: An Efficacy Study” compares therapeutic massage and body-oriented therapy as methods for eliminating
these psychological states that inhibit recovery.
Researchers at the University of Washington’s School of
Nursing investigated the effectiveness of body-oriented therapy, a treatment approach that combines hands-on bodywork and
Twenty-four adult females who were in psychotherapy for childhood
sexual abuse were randomized into two groups, one that received standardized therapeutic massage, and one that received body-oriented
therapy. Over a 10-week period, both groups received sessions in eight, hour-long sessions in university treatment rooms and
in research clinicians’ private offices. Two of the clinicians were massage therapists and two were therapists who teach
The body-oriented therapy protocol was delivered in three stages,
involving massage, body awareness exercises, and an inner-body focusing process. The massage-therapy protocol was standardized
and served as a relative control condition to address the lack of touch-based comparisons in bodywork research. Both protocols
were delivered over clothes.
Indicators of three key constructs were measured: psychological
well-being, physical well-being and body connection. Symptoms were measured using the Brief Symptom Inventory, Dissociative
Experiences Scale, Crime-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Scale, a medical-symptoms checklist, scales of body connection,
and investment. Results were gathered at baseline, two times during intervention, post-intervention, and at one month and
three months follow-up.
Both statistical and qualitative analyses were used to provide
both empirical and experiential perspectives on the process. The subjects also completed a demographic questionnaire at baseline,
a final questionnaire on their experience of the treatment and perception of its impact, and a follow-up questionnaire about
any experience of body-oriented therapy after the study.
Analysis of variance indicated significant improvement for both
intervention groups. Although the differences between the two groups were not statistically significant, their answers to
open-ended questions revealed that the groups differed on perceived experience of the intervention and its influence on their
The author states that although the results did not support the
study hypothesis, they do provide support for the efficacy of body therapy in recovery from childhood sexual abuse, and that
“both massage and body-oriented interventions influence abuse recovery in important but distinct ways.”
— Source: School of Nursing, University of
Washington, Seattle. Author: Cynthia Price, Ph.D. Originally published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Sept./Oct.
2005, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 46–57.