What are the benefits of a massage?
- Improves blood circulation, decreases blood pressure
- Promotes healthy skin
- Reduces stress, Reduces anxiety, promotes relaxation
- Decrease pain, relieves muscular tension, increases range of motion, increases flexibility, tones weak muscles, reduces muscle fatigue
- Improves sleep patterns, improves mood, decreases feelings of anger, improves body image, improves self esteem, increases mental alertness, increases academic performance, increases physical well being
What are the benefits of a Therapeutic massage?
- Posture is greatly improved by relieving compensation patterns from structural imbalances in the body
- Increases range of motion and flexibility of joints
- Tones and improves nutrition to weak muscles allowing for a more balanced and healthy function of one’s body
What is a chair/seated massage?
- Chair massage is a seated fully clothed massage provided in a specialized chair designed especially for support and comfort
- This type of massage will usually include the back, neck, shoulders, arm and hands
- These sessions can last from 5 minutes to as much as 30 minutes
- Typical venues for chair massage are public health fair events, schools, fundraisers, & massage clinics
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your Student or Licensed massage therapist will have you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the student or licensed therapist will escort you back to your private treatment room, at which time they will begin by asking you questions related specifically to your health history form to establishing if there are any conditions to where massage may not be advised or requires a referral from a medical professional to proceed. If the therapist deems massage to be safe they will address what areas you as the client would like worked on, and communicate how the massage treatment will proceed, if you have any questions now is a great time to ask as your trust in our skills and knowledge is important to us. After consultation the therapist will leave the room to allow time for you to undress down to your comfort level, lying on the table per the therapist direction under the sheet and blanket enjoying the warmth and comfort of our fleece table warmers. The top sheet and blanket will be used to properly drape your body throughout your massage, to maintain your privacy and comfort. After your massage is complete; depending on if it is a student or licensed professional an evaluation and cup of water will be awaiting you to promote the lasting effects of massage.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort and privacy.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the type of massage scheduled, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. For a chair massage, you will be clothed
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Relax and make yourself comfortable. If your therapist needs you to adjust your position, she or he will either passively move you without any effort on your part or will. instruct you on how to move or adjust position for best applications of techniques and overall effects of massage. If at any time you are to become uncomfortable, either with positioning or comfort, please let the student/massage therapist know so changes can be made by adding pillow supports, assisting in position changes, or adjusting the table warmer. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use Swedish massage techniques, which is often a baseline for practitioners. These techniques are what our students education is based on. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to target specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the student/massage therapist can adjust the technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotion However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion, please bring it to the student/massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that for you fill out the health history form before you begin your session. During your private intake, the student or licensed massage therapist will ask specific health questions to rule out any contraindications for massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems and all medications you are currently taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Please remember our number one priority is your health and safety; therefore, after completing your health history intake, if we feel that massage may compromise your health in any way, we will require a referral from your doctor before providing any type of service.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most often people feel very relaxed, but depending on the type of massage received, the feeling can be very different. Some people experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Others, after receiving a deeper type of massage, may feel soreness from 24 to 48 hours after a massage caused from the positive type of inflammation, which can often times be reduced by the use of ice for up to 20 minutes or by even applying Biofreeze to the affected area for relief, as needed. Some people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Don’t forget that toxins released from your soft tissues during a massage may lead to soreness or flu-like symptoms. It is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage to assist in removal of these wastes. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been released by the massage treatment. Just remember that everyone is different and that there is no absolute as to how one will definitely feel, but this is a general guideline for what to expect. As always ask lots of questions of your student/massage therapist, they will adjust their treatment in the attempt to achieve the desired result.
Can I bring my own oil?
Yes, but we ask that you check the ingredients before coming because some products contain nuts and we do not allow nut products in the building due to allergies.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes appointments are required, at this time we are not accepting walk-ins.
How often should I get a massage?
You can get a massage as often as you would like.
What is the difference between a student and a Licensed Therapist?
The student therapist is practicing massage in the clinic working towards graduation. The students at this time have a limited number of services they are able to do, such as Swedish massage, aromatherapy, exfoliation, mud wraps, and hot stone massage. The Licensed Therapist are graduates who specialize in Therapeutic, Maternity, and Deep Tissue massage as well as other services.
Can I purchase a gift cards?
Yes gift cards are available for purchase in any dollar amount good towards retail or services at any Delta campus in the US.
Is it appropriate to tip a student therapist?
No. Per the State Medical Board of Ohio and our school policy, students are not allowed to accept gratuity, as it can jeopardize their student status and prevent them from becoming a licensed therapist.
Am I going to be covered during the massage?
Yes, you are properly covered at all times during the massage. You will be covered with a sheet and the student/massage therapist will only uncover the section that is being massaged. Upon completion, the draping will be returned to the original position.
What is the difference between a Swedish Massage and a Therapeutic Massage?
The Swedish Massage is a relaxing and soothing massage where they use a light, but firm pressure; it is meant to bring about relaxation. The Therapeutic Massage is a deep tissue massage where they will use techniques involving they're their knuckles, elbows, forearms and focus on the trigger points in your muscles.
What is the best massage to receive?
It all depends on the desired outcomes of the massage. If you are new to the world of massage, you will want to start with the basics, a Swedish massage, and become familiar with how your body reacts to massage. If you are an athlete, have medical needs, or have had previous experience with massage, deep tissue, Myofascial, or hot stone massage may be an appropriate treatment. Consult with your student/massage therapist for a treatment plan.