What should I expect during my first massage therapy?
Your massage therapist will conduct a consultation with you prior to your first treatment.  This will help her to plan the treatment to best meet your needs.   If you are attending for a therapeutic massage, orthopaedic massage or sports massage treatment, your therapist may carry out a postural assessment and perform certain range of movement tests with you to evaluate your condition and determine if you have an underlying injury or complaint which may be causing your pain. It is important for you therapist to understand the reasons for your pain, injury, limited mobility or health concerns so that she can get to work in the fastest way possible and in the most appropriate way for you.
Where will my treatment take place?
Your treatment will be carried out in a warm, comfortable, softly lit and quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. Depending on the type of treatment you have booked, you may be lying on a plinth or seated in a massage chair.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the type of treatment, you may or may not need to undress.  For a reflexology treatment, clients need only remove shoes and socks. For a full body massage, clients will need to undress down to their underwear. Your massage therapist will leave the room until you have got onto the plinth and covered yourself with the supplied sheet.  You will be covered with a sheet and towels at all times during the treatment, except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. Should your therapist want you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move as needed. Otherwise, just relax.  Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; some even drift off into a light sleep.  If you have any questions during the session, your therapist will be happy to answer them. During a therapeutic massage, it may be relevant for your therapist to keep you aware of what is going on and to get you involved in the treatment. Quite often, your awareness of changes as they happen during a therapeutic massage or orthopaedic massage will reinforce those changes making them more concrete and longer lasting.
How will a massage feel?
This will depend on the type of treatment you receive.  An aromatherapy or holistic massage will be include gentle strokes to help you relax and de-stress.  A sports or therapeutic massage will include some deeper techniques, but a client should never experience pain during a treatment.  Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used cause spots?
At the Dublin Therapeutic Massage Clinic, we use hypoallergenic massage oils and lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as our practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
Is a massage always appropriate?
There are some medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That is why it is necessary that you go through the initial consultation with your therapist to rule out any possible contraindications to treatment.  In some cases, presenting conditions may just change the approach to treatment.
How long will a massage treatment last?
Depending on the type of treatment you have booked, the length of time can range anywhere from a ½ hour to 1½ hours.
How will I feel after the massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed following a treatment with a reduction in aches and pains caused by tension.  Clients often feel an increase in energy levels in the days following a treatment. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage to help your body flush these out. Our therapists may, where appropriate, recommend stretches and/or strengthening exercises to help you maintain the effects of your treatment and to improve your range of movement. These exercises are important as they are the key to maintaining the improvements achieved in the treatment. Often the problems arise from habitual bad posture or injuries and it is vital in both these instances to use the correct exercises as a rehabilitation tool.
What happens if I feel achy the day after a treatment?
If you have been carrying a lot of tension and there has been an extended period of time since your last treatment, sometimes aches and pains can occur the following day.  This is due to the release of toxins from tight tissues and sometimes from the rebalancing of tissues, increasing range of movement and subtly changing posture.  It is, however, not common and usually goes away after a day.
What is ‘health’?
Health, according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as the condition of being sound in body, mind, and spirit and especially the freedom from physical disease or pain.