In my opinion, if you’re on this page the answer is YES. I have some reasons why you shouldn’t get massage below.
If you’ve never had a massage before it can be a life changing experience. And no, you don’t have to get completely naked if you don’t want to. It’s very common for clients to leave on underwear.
What can massage do?
- Increase circulation
- Stimulation of the lymph system, the body’s natural defense system
- Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
- Improve range of motion and decrease discomfort and pain
- Relaxation of injured and overused muscles
- Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
- Increase joint flexibility
- Help recover from strenuous workouts
- Pain relief from migraines and headaches
- Reduce post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduce scar tissue
When should I not get massage?
- When you have the flu, fever, strep throat, staph infections. Deeper massage can make you feel sicker. Also, you put your therapist at a high risk for catching. Seriously, I’ve caught several bugs from clients over the years and it sucks to have to cancel on clients when I get sick!
- Fungal infections, open wounds, rashes, scabies or lice. The first three can be okay if I can just avoid that area. For example, athlete’s foot. But scabies and lice are highly contagious and put myself and other client’s at risk.
- If you have cancer. I’m not trained in oncology massage. But there are great therapists in Austin that can help. I’ve heard Ashley Hiatt is a great therapist: http://www.ashleyhiattlmt.com/
- If you have blood pressure issues that are untreated. Speak to your doctor first. Lighter massage can be helpful to lower blood pressure , but should not substitute for a medical doctor’s advice.
- If you are unsure if massage can help you, or if you want to make sure I’m capable of helping in your unique situations, please contact me. (512) 387-7037 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.