What are the Stages of Massage & BodyWork?
There are four main stages: Relief, Correction, Strengthening, & Maintenance.
Specific individualized techniques are utilized to stimulate systems, free knotted & scarred muscle fibers.
Important in damaged area. Customized techniques are utilized to aid your body strengthen it's own tissues near the injury.
First step in preventing other injuries. Theresa Cecylija individualizes and customizes techniques to address your specific needs.
is Therapeutic Massage & BodyWork Good For...Everyone &
Pre/Post Sport events
Healthy Infant development
Mind, Body and Spirit
How can I get the most out of my Therapeutic Massage and/or Bodywork?
Be on time. Not too hungry, not too full. Avoid eating a large meal or drinking alcohol just before your session. Drink plenty of water. It is always a good idea to be well hydrated, especially before a massage therapy session. Use the restroom before your session begins. Communicate. This is YOUR massage and your body. Itís important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage, so feel free to give feedback to your therapist regarding the amount of pressure, any discomfort (or relief) you are feeling, room temperature, music, etc. Undress to your comfort level. Your therapist will maintain professional draping throughout your session, only uncovering each specific area of your body being addressed at the time. In most cases, fully disrobing makes it easier for the therapist to perform the treatment, resulting in a more satisfying massage session for you. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you take clothing off, and the therapist will adapt their techniques to accommodate you. Be present, allow yourself to quiet. Allow yourself to let go and be present in your body. Theresa Cecylija has the professional training to help you achieve this, Let go. Tensing or tightening up your muscles during a massage is counterproductive. If you find yourself becoming tense during your massage, be sure to let your therapist know. .
Breathe. Full, natural breathing helps to facilitate relaxation of body
and mind. Not BIG GIANT breaths, but real, full and gentle belly
breaths, not shoulder breathing. Often, when a sensitive area is being
massaged or the mind is anxious, people hold their breath. Breathe deeply
into the areas of tension being worked on. A skilled professional
therapist like Theresa Cecylija will help you.
Take your time. Don't be in a rush to get off the table after your
massage. Give yourself a couple minutes to fully absorb the relaxation and
benefits of your massage. When you are ready, slowly sit up and carefully
get off the table, allowing your body to fully integrate results of your
massage therapy session. If possible, allow yourself some quiet, relaxing time after your appointment as well.
Make massage and/or bodywork a habit. The therapeutic benefits of massage ad bodywork are cumulative! Therefore, the greatest benefits are experienced over time, especially for chronic conditions. The more often you receive therapeutic massage and/or bodywork, the more quickly and deeply you will relax as patterns of tension and stress in your body are released. And you will enjoy the benefits of a healthier immune system along with overall improved health and wellbeing. I, Theresa Cecylija, will gladly discuss with you a treatment plan and frequency of massage and/or bodywork therapy that is right for you
When should I NOT schedule a Therapeutic Massage and/or Bodywork at Hands with Heart?
*It is important for you to fully complete your Health History form and keep your massage therapist up to date on your condition, medications and any changes in your life.* Be sure to let your massage & bodywork therapist know PRIOR to you scheduled appointment if you have:
∑ A high fever
∑ Been or are experiencing ANY signs and/or symptoms of the Covid -19 virus
∑ Been experiencing any signs and/or symptoms of any type of virus
∑ Any acute injury from a recent accident such as whiplash, sprains, or other soft tissue damage
∑ Swelling or edema
∑ Acute conditions such as flared-up psoriasis, eczema, or rheumatoid arthritis
∑ Uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, prominent varicose veins, osteoporosis, or any other serious medical conditions
∑ Been taking or have been recently prescribed antibiotics
**Not all types of massage are appropriate for all conditions. Many health conditions may require gentler forms of massage therapy, or more specialized techniques and treatment plans. In most cases, Theresa Cecylija your licensed therapist can come up with a treatment plan that will work for you and your health situation.
**Even some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can contraindicate receiving certain types of massage therapy. Be sure to list any medications you are taking, and inform your therapist of any changes since your last visit. When warranted by the situation, Theresa Cecylija may request your physician's consent and recommendations before administering massage and/or bodywork.
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