One of the most popular forms of massage we employ is known as the full body integrated massage. This form of massage therapy combines attributes of both the full body relaxation massage, as well as the more intense deep-tissue massage. The focus of a full body integrated massage is to address client needs in a manner that provides overall relaxation and healing, as well as targeted tension relief on problem areas.
Similar to the full body relaxation and deep-tissue massage, integrated massage work requires the use of massage oil and the removal of clothing. Generally, integrated massage sessions last anywhere between one to two hours and can be conducted either at our location, or in the comfort of your home.
Things to Know
Before you schedule your first appointment for a full body integrated massage treatment, there are several things you should know to help get the most out of your massage therapy sessions. Below is a brief list of items that will help you unlock the deepest levels of healing and relaxation during your next session.
Plan Your Day Accordingly
We know your body is important to you, that is why you’ve decided to treat it well and see a certified massage professional. However, poor planning around your massage treatment can limit the returns you can expect from your therapy sessions. If you are expecting to complete your daily workout routine on the same day as your integrated massage session, do so before hand. Working out after massage therapy can tighten muscles and create tension that will cut down on the afterglow and rejuvenating effects full body integrated massage offers.
Additionally, other factors can limit the enjoyability of your integrated massage session. Eating a large meal prior to a session is ill-advised. The bloated feeling limits your ability to relax and the stimulation massage provides may accelerate bodily functions in an undesirable manner. Otherwise, be sure to keep your schedule light on your massage days to ensure that you won’t be in a rush and can fully enjoy your session.
It is a great idea to drink plenty of water after your full body integrated massage session. Similar to any form of exercise, massage therapies unlock waste and toxins from your muscles and tissues that will need to be flushed out of your system. By drinking plenty of water you can rehydrate your worked muscles and rejuvenate your entire body. However, it should be noted that excessive water consumption prior to a massage session may not be such a great idea. Constant bathroom breaks can interrupt the flow of the massage, and it may be impossible to relax if you have to try and hold it in.
As experienced and certified massage professionals, we’ve seen it all before. Don’t limit the effectiveness and relaxation of your massage sessions by worrying about nudity or letting out an occasional moan or groan. Be sure to fully embrace the integrated massage experience and allow yourself to completely relax. Focus on your breathing during your session, and feel free to close your eyes and drift away. When you are in the care of a professional, you have nothing to worry about.
Integrated massage therapy should not hurt or cause you to wince in pain. Some techniques will require a good deal of pressure, however this should not harm you in any way. If too much pressure is applied, or maybe not enough pressure is being used, be sure to communicate how your body is reacting to the actions of the massage therapist. We can’t read your mind but, will use our best professional judgement until otherwise directed. Also, prior to your massage, take note of specific problem areas or sources of pain and be sure to let us know what needs attention.
Schedule a Follow Up
One integrated massage session every year or twice a year may be a great way to inject momentary relaxation and rejuvenation into your life, however to receive the full benefits massage therapy has to offer, sessions that are few and far between will not do much long term good. After a first session, it is best to schedule monthly follow-ups in order to continue to improve muscle tension, flexibility, and range of motion. Think of massage as an investment in your body, like a gym membership.
Contact Us Today
Do you have chronic pain, moderate to severe muscle tension or strain, or maybe you’re just looking for a way to relax after a hard work week? Our certified and insured massage professionals offer a number of different styles of massage that can be tailored to address your problem areas. Contact us today to find out more information on the relaxation and rejuvenation you can expect from a session with us.