Massage therapy can promote relaxation to relieve stress and can be used for pain management. If you are planning to visit a registered massage therapist (RMT) for the first time and you aren’t sure what to expect, here are some things you should know:
1. Your arrival
On your first visit to an RMT, it is wise to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Massage therapy clinics require all new clients to complete a detailed medical history form. In some instances, you will receive this document electronically when you book an appointment. Even so, it would be best if you still arrived a bit early in case you need to provide additional information such as any insurance information.
2. Preparing for treatment
Once you’ve provided the details of your medical history, an RMT will then escort you to a treatment room to discuss the details and the issues you would like to address through massage therapy. After they are clear on what your needs are, the RMT will then leave the room so you can undress. It is recommended that you undress to your underwear. But if you are uncomfortable doing so, you can keep on some of your clothing, or you can remain fully dressed. If you wish to remain clothed, ensure you wear loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict your body during treatment. When you’ve undressed to your level of comfort, lie on the padded massage table and cover with the linens provided while you wait for the RMT to return.
3. The treatment
After your RMT returns, your treatment can begin. The massage table will be heated, and the settings can be adjusted to your liking so, if the table is too hot or not warm enough, let your massage therapist know. Based on the reason for your visit, the RMT will use massage therapy techniques tailored to your needs. It is very important to communicate if you feel that you want more or less pressure from your therapist, while some areas are more uncomfortable than others to be worked on, the session should always be to your comfort level.
Are you searching for an RMT in Burnaby?
If you are searching for an RMT in Burnaby, contact us at Pacific Health and Sports Therapy. At Pacific Health and Sports Therapy, we use a variety of massage therapy techniques, each of which focuses on treating different conditions.
Here are the types of massage therapy offered at our clinic:
A Swedish massage is a form of massage therapy that focusses on the entire body. This type of massage is excellent for those who are looking to relax or those with minor pain.
Deep tissue massage
Those with chronic muscle pain and tightness may benefit from deep tissue massage therapy as it targets the deepest layers of the muscles and connective tissues to relieve tension.
If you have suffered injuries due to sporting activities or any other actions that involve the repetitive use of specific muscles, sports massage therapy might help to alleviate your pain and discomfort.
Trigger point massage
If you have muscle tightness in one part of your body, causing pain in other areas, trigger point massage therapy may be an effective treatment option.
Pregnancy can cause stress, body aches and muscle tension. If you are experiencing any of these pregnancy symptoms, prenatal massage therapy can offer some relief while you relax comfortably on our specially designed pregnancy pillows that cradle your belly without putting too much pressure.