Massage SESSION INFORMATION
Listed below is your massage session information and what you can expect at PURE Holistic.
BEFORE THE SESSION
Arrive 5 minutes before your appointment. You don’t want to be rushed or miss out on valuable minutes because you’re late. The receptionist will ask you to fill out a release form.
When you meet your practitioner, they’ll take you back in to a treatment room and ask how you’re feeling and if there is anything specific you would like them to work on, or any areas you would like to avoid. They’ll want to know about any allergies you might have to the lotions and oils used, and also if you have any previous surgeries or injuries your practitioner should know about.
DURING THE SESSION
After the practitioner has left the room, remove all clothing and jewelry, then slip under the covers. If you’re uncomfortable removing your underwear, just leave them on. The practitioner will understand and respect your modesty by uncovering only those areas currently being worked on.
Massages generally begin with the client lying face down on the table, unless otherwise instructed. All tables have an opening to place your head so that your mouth and nose are completely exposed and breathing remain normal.
Before entering the room again, the practitioner will knock and ask if you’re ready. During the massage, don’t hesitate to speak up if something is uncomfortable such as the pressure being applied (too much or too little), heat (too hot to too cold) or if an area is just more sensitive than expected. Asking for modifications is encouraged. Your practitioner is a certified professional and can adjust to accommodate personal preferences.
The time during a massage allows you to go into a deep state of relaxation and maybe even sleep, which is OK and happens frequently.
Halfway through the session, the therapist will ask you to gently change positions and turn over onto your back. At the end of the session, the practitioner will offer you to option of a hot towel service.
AFTER THE SESSION
Once the practitioner has completed the massage, they’ll leave the room. This is your time to take a few deep breaths, orient yourself before getting off the table and getting dressed. At reception you will be offered a water bottle to hydrate.
Plan on drinking at least two litres of water after the massage to help flush away the toxins. Depending on how much work was done during the treatment, some muscles might feel a little sensitive or even sore the next day. This is perfectly normal and is just a reflection of how much change the therapist brought to the muscles. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often a person gets a massage, the better they will feel and the more quickly one’s body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress are affected and released.
FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER?
Please be aware that massage is not a good idea if you are experiencing a cold/flu, any kind of rash or skin condition, if you’ve had serious tissue damage such as whiplash, sprains and tears within the previous 72 hours.
Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Release trigger points that contribute to the majority of muscular pain.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defence system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, shortened, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Release myofascial restrictions and increase joint flexibility.
PURE HOLISTIC SERVICES
This is the place to release daily stress. We use various modalities and offer a range of services.