About Massage

Some things you should know about

SOME FACTS ABOUT MASSAGE THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Mas­sage ther­apy is rec­og­nized as one of the old­est meth­ods of heal­ing, with ref­er­ences in med­ical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hip­pocrates, known as the “father of med­i­cine”, wrote... (read bellow for more).
WHAT IS MASSAGE?

Mas­sage is defined as the appli­ca­tion of var­i­ous tech­niques to the mus­cu­lar struc­ture and soft tis­sues of the human body. It is the appli­ca­tion of soft-tissue manip­u­la­tion tech­niques to the body, gen­er­ally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improv­ing circulation.

Mas­sage ther­apy tech­niques include apply­ing fixed or mov­able pres­sure, hold­ing, vibra­tion, rock­ing, fric­tion, knead­ing and com­pres­sion using pri­mar­ily the hands, fingers, fore­arms, elbows or even the feet. All of the tech­niques are used for the ben­e­fit of the mus­cle-skele­tal system, circulatory-lymphatic, ner­vous, and other sys­tems of the body. In fact, mas­sage ther­apy pos­i­tively influ­ences the over­all health and well-being of the client.

The many vari­a­tions of mas­sage account for sev­eral dif­fer­ent tech­niques.

Mas­sage excludes diag­no­sis, pre­scrip­tion, manip­u­la­tion or adjust­ments of the human skele­tal struc­ture, or any other ser­vice, pro­ce­dure or ther­apy which requires a license to prac­tice ortho­pe­dics, phys­i­cal ther­apy, podi­a­try, chi­ro­prac­tic, osteopa­thy, psy­chother­apy, acupunc­ture, or any other pro­fes­sion or branch of medicine.

SOME HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT MASSAGE

Mas­sage ther­apy is rec­og­nized as one of the old­est meth­ods of heal­ing, with ref­er­ences in med­ical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hip­pocrates, known as the “father of med­i­cine”, wrote papers rec­om­mend­ing the use of rub­bing and fric­tion for joint and cir­cu­la­tory problems.

Chi­nese records dat­ing back 3,000 years also doc­u­ment its use; the ancient Hin­dus, Per­sians and Egyp­tians applied forms of mas­sage for many ail­ments. A Chi­nese book from 2,700 B.C., The Yel­low Emperor’s Clas­sic of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, rec­om­mends ‘breath­ing exer­cises, mas­sage of skin and flesh, and exer­cises of hands and feet” as the appro­pri­ate treat­ment for com­plete paral­y­sis, chills, and fever.”

Doc­tors such as Ambroise Pare, a 16th-century physi­cian to the French court, praised mas­sage as a treat­ment for var­i­ous ail­ments. Dur­ing World War I patients suf­fer­ing from nerve injury or shell shock were treated with mas­sage. St. Thomas’s Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don, had a depart­ment of mas­sage until 1934. How­ever, later break­throughs in med­ical tech­nol­ogy and phar­ma­col­ogy eclipsed mas­sage as phys­io­ther­a­pists began increas­ingly to favor elec­tri­cal instru­ments over man­ual meth­ods of stim­u­lat­ing the tissues.

Mas­sage is now used in inten­sive care units, for chil­dren, elderly peo­ple, babies in incu­ba­tors etc. Most Amer­i­can hos­pices have some kind of body­work ther­apy avail­able, and it is fre­quently offered in health cen­ters, drug treat­ment clin­ics, and pain clin­ics. A vari­ety of mas­sage tech­niques have also been incor­po­rated into sev­eral other com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies, such as aro­mather­apy, reflex­ol­ogy, Rolf­ing, Heller­work, and osteopathy.

Nowa­days mas­sage ther­a­pies can be found in any respectable SPA around the world (Day Spas, Med­ical Spas and of course Hotel Resort Spas).

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST MASSAGE?

If this is going to be your first massage ever, it is absolutely normal to be a bit frustrated and confused. You will visit an unknown place, you will meet an unknown person (therapist) and most of all you will have to let this person touch your body for more than an hour! It sounds terrifying doesn’t it?

Here, we will try to describe some of the basic procedures for your best preparation (physical and mental) before the session, during the session and after the treatment is over. We will try to explain what you should expect and what to do in different situations; this is in order to avoid possible embarrassment and awkward situations.

When you visit us you will be escorted to our reception area. There, you will be greeted by your therapist and spend a few minutes discussing about your treatment in detail. You will also be asked to help your therapist in order to fill out a questionnaire concerning your physical condition and general health. By this time you would have developed a sense of mutual trust with your therapist; this will facilitate the whole procedure. This trust will grow minute after minute, once you get completely familiar with your therapist and his professional attitude.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

– BEFORE THE MASSAGE –

We will discuss with you about the purpose of your visit or any specific problems or conditions which you would like to give more attention to. Some of the questions perhaps will seem obvious to you, but do not forget that the information you are about to give will greatly facilitate the therapist’s task. If you suffer from old injuries or other health related issues, be sure to mention them.

Later on, we will show you around the facilities and mention among others, where to hang your clothes, place your valuables and where to take a shower. If you wear contact lenses and any sort of jewelry you are requested to remove them. A special case will be provided for this purpose.

While you’re lying comfortably on the massage couch, your therapist will describe the entire session sequence so you will know roughly what to expect. He will take care of the proper room temperature and lighting, while soft and relaxing music will play during the entire session. At this stage it would be advisable to mention any specific requests you may have. For example you must inform your therapist if you would like to avoid a specific part of your body, or give extra attention to another (i.e. upper back, lumbar area etc.).

 

– DURING THE MASSAGE SESSION –

During the session, your therapist will ask you from time to time if the pressure which he applies is ideal for you. Remember that each individual has different levels of tolerance to pressure or even mild pain; therefore please don’t avoid mentioning this. Your therapist relies on your feedback in order to achieve the best result possible.

In order to enjoy all the benefits of a therapeutic massage treatment, it is necessary to remain calm during the entire session. In order to achieve this, many people just close their eyes and try to think positive. Others prefer to talk with their therapist, while most people simply prefer to let go and often fall asleep; this is completely normal and very frequent indeed. Which way is the fitest for you, does not make any difference to your therapist, therefore just try to be yourself and everything will come naturally.

During the session, some times you will be asked to change position or even turn around; when this moment comes, your therapist will let you know and guide you through the process.

If there will be a need for you to visit the W.C. during the massage treatment, don’t hesitate to mention it. Not only it is absolutely normal, it is also highly desirable; this means that the detoxification process is working well.

 

– AFTER THE SESSION IS OVER –

After the session, the therapist will leave you for a few minutes to recover from your “ultimate” relaxation experience. Later on he will assist you in getting up from the couch and escort you to your dressing area. You will be offered a glass of water (always advised after a massage treatment) and you will be given your personal items (jewelry etc.). If you desire you could take a warm shower before getting all dressed up, but this is not advised after treatment with essential oils (they should stay on the skin for a couple of hours). You will also have all the time needed in order for you to freshen up.

Finally we will give you some aftercare advice along with a glass of water or even a warm cup of tea.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE?

Nowadays we are aware of the benefits of massage, which are varied and far-reaching.

As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. Last but not least, massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

Physical and Mental Benefits of massage:

  • relaxes the whole body
  • loosens tight muscles
  • relieves tired and aching muscles
  • increases flexibility and range of motion
  • diminishes chronic pain
  • calms the nervous system
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers heart rate
  • enhances skin tone
  • assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • strengthens the immune system
  • reduces tension headaches
  • reduces mental stress
  • improves concentration
  • promotes restful sleep
  • aids in mental relaxation
PRECAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS

In many types of diseases and chronic illnesses, massage therapy not only cannot help but in fact can even spread the disease, therefore it is absolutely prohibited. For each and every type of massage therapy there are specific rules, precautions, relative and absolute contraindications which we must always have in mind.

Therefore we request that you always try to be honest with your therapist about your medical history, and consult with your physician before visiting us. Just consider the fact that even a simple cold or flue can worsen if massage is performed.

Some fundamental precautions and contraindications you should always consider are:

  • High fever (from cold, the flue or other reason)
  • Acute inflammations (i.e. sprained ankles)
  • Serious skeletal injuries (recent bone fractures)
  • Recent operations
  • Hepatitis, AIDS
  • Severe muscle and skeletal injuries
  • Contagious (or not) skin diseases (herpes, warts, impetigo, boils, fungi, scabies, lice etc.)
  • Pregnancy at early (first trimester) or late stages (we are not qualified)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Menstruation
  • Very low blood pressure
  • Heart diseases and disorders (pacemaker, open heart surgery, strokes)
  • Open skin wounds and recent skin injuries (i.e. sunburns)
  • Phlebitis and varicose veins (should avoid these areas)
  • All forms of cancer
CONSULTATION - QUESTIONNAIRE - MEDICAL HISTORY

Before each massage session you should expect to spend a few minutes (10′-15′) with your therapist in order to fill out a questionnaire which is also known as the consultation card.

This questionnaire should include some personal details (name and address) and information concerning your physical condition and medical history.

Every possible effort should be made from the therapist’s side in order to avoid possible dangerous implications to his client’s health. People who are ill (even without knowing it) could endanger and put their physical health into unnecessary risk. A common cold can get worse if a massage treatment is applied.

Since we take your health very seriously, we urge you to be extremely careful and honest when filling out the questionnaire.

For some very serious health conditions (some of which we mention above), it is absolutely necessary to consult your personal medical doctor before booking an appointment with us.

OUR SCHOOLING & WORKING EXPERIENCE

We received our accreditation and certification from the Massage Therapy Schools and associations which we mention bellow. We also have endless hours of working experience since 2009 when our company was established.

 

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– THE WAT PO TRADITIONAL MEDICAL SCHOOL, Bangkok – Thailand

Internationally recognized and renowned medical school, authorized and under the supervision of the Thai ministries of Public Health and Education.

– LANNA SPA ACADEMY, Bangkok – Thailand

A recognized SPA Academy with international training standards, authorized by the Thai ministries of Public Health and Education. Lanna Spa Academy is also a member of the Thai Spa Association and in close cooperation with CIBTAC.

– ITM (MANTRA SPA) – International Training Massage School, Chiang Mai – Thailand

Internationally recognized massage training school, accredited and approved by the Thai ministries of Public Health and Education. ITM is also accredited by the following international boards and associations:

NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork – USA), CMT-BC (College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia – CANADA), NHPC (The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada), AAMT (The Australian Association of Massage Therapists Limited).

– CIBTAC

“Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology”, an internationally recognized agency which provides high standards of qualifications in spa, holistic, and aesthetic treatments. CIBTAC is a U.K. based examining board which started off as the educational branch of BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology).

– THE UNION OF THAI TRADITIONAL MEDICINE SOCIETY, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, Bangkok – Thailand.

– THAI TRADITIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES SOCIETY,  Bangkok – Thailand

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