Whether it’s your first time getting a massage or you’re an experienced client, you likely have a few questions about Art of Massage Chicago. This is understandable, so we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have additional questions, please contact us directly at 773-791-5882.
A: The benefits of massage therapy include:
-Increases local circulation and venous flow.
-Improves joint mobility and flexibility.
-Stimulates parasympathetic nervous system (causing a general sense of relaxation).
-Increases mental clarity.
-Reduces anxiety and initiates a general feeling of well being.
-Exfoliates and removes dead skin.
-Increases lymphatic flow (resulting in improved immune response).
-Releases unexpressed emotions.
-Increases body awareness.
-Milks metabolic wastes from muscles into venous and lymphatic flow.
-Releases endorphins associated with relaxation.
-Improves immune function via stress release.
-Encourages better digestion with relaxation.
A: It depends.
Each therapist is different from the next. ‘No pain, no gain’?. Save that maxim for the gym. Massage should be a soothing, stress-relieving experience in which the client’s serenity and total relaxation are the goal. That said, if a Deep Tissue Massage is your goal, then the pressure might be a little more intense than a Swedish Massage. Whatever treatment type you choose, communication is at the root of all successful sessions. In other words, clients are encouraged to let the therapist know their needs before and during a session.
Such techniques are strictly the territory of chiropractors and beyond my scope of a massage therapist’s practice. Soft tissue manipulation is my primary objective of Massage Therapy.
A: As required by Illinois State law, to practice Massage Therapy a person must complete 500 hours of training at an accredited school. Therapists must also complete an additional 24 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license.
A: Each massage therapy treatment can be customized to fit your needs.
However, a typical massage treatment includes work to the back, shoulders, head, neck, arms, hands, legs and feet. Treatments do not usually include abdominals (stomach) or pectorals (chest). But on males, pectorals can be added to a treatment on request.
A: Most clients completely disrobe for a Massage Therapy treatment.
Others choose to keep their underwear on. Either way is acceptable. With the exception of the head, all body parts are draped at all times by a sheet unless that body part is being worked on. Illinois law requires that we adhere to draping standards at all times.
Q: If I have a serious medical condition or illness, can I still receive massage therapy treatments?
Massage can be healing on many different levels, but if you have a serious or chronic health issue, you need to get a doctor’s permission before receiving any kind of bodywork. In the interest of personal safety, you must disclose all medical conditions to the therapist.
Unfortunately Art of Massage Chicago does not accept insurance at this time.
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