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Custom Massage


Personal Customized Massage

Every body is different. We all experience pain in different areas of our bodies than others. Many times, how we utilize our bodies and how we spend our time throughout the day play huge roles in where pain forms.

It's true, there are several reasons for pain, however massage therapy is an excellent technique for treating pain. Sometimes, it helps more to have focused energy applied to the areas of pain for a long period of time. Sometimes, it feels better than words can say to have the area gently rubbed for a while. This is the difference between Swedish and Customized massage.

Should I get Swedish or Personal Customized Massage?

The best way to determine which style you should get is to ask yourself why you are coming to get a massage in the first place. If your answer is to relax, it would be better to choose one of the other styles (Swedish included). If your answer is for pain management or pain relief, ask yourself is the pain all over or localized in one or two specific areas. If you have pain in a couple of different areas and the pain is fairly intense (at least 5 out of 10), a Customized massage may suit your needs better than Swedish.

What can I expect from a Personal Customized Massage?

When a client comes in and asks for a Customized massage, the following questions will be asked:
  • Exactly where on your body is the pain located? (Point to it if possible)

Pain can occur literally anywhere on our body. It is important to understand where the pain is specifically located. I will ask you to point directly to spot where the pain is located. If the pain is in a hard-to-reach area (such as the back), I will ask you to point to it on my body.

  • On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst), what is the intensity of the pain?

The answer to this question will depend on your personal pain threshold. Some people can tolerate high amounts of pain while others can not. Since you are the only one who can feel the pain, this question is important for determining if and when the pain gets better. Also, feel free to say if it's stabbing, dull, sharp, or any other words that can describe the pain.

  • How long has the pain been felt?

When did you first notice the pain? If it has been around for a while, please do not expect one session to get rid of the pain. It may in fact take several sessions or you may experience results after just one.

  • What are the conditions for the pain?

Does it hurt more if you move a certain way? This is can be very useful information in determining how to treat the affected area. Further examination of the affected area may be requested before designing a treatment plan. Also, there may not be ANY conditions. It may just simply hurt.

What is the next step?

After getting a more accurate picture of the pain in the affected area through the above mentioned questions and an examination of the area, a treatment plan will be designed. As the client, your input will be greatly valued. Once a plan is designed that we are both comfortable with, draping options will be discussed. Keep in mind that massage works best utilizing skin-on-skin contact. Draping may need to be modified to provide greater access to the affected area. For example, suppose you had abdominal pain. A full bed sheet would not be a draping option. Instead, 2 smaller towels may be the preferred option in order to gain access to the abdominal area. The specific area of pain will not be draped during the massage. Please note massage will ONLY begin once the treatment plan and draping options have been discussed and agreed to!

Case Studies

Goals:
  • Apply focused energy to painful areas
  • Reduce amount and intensity of pain

Draping Options: (depending on location of pain)
  • 2 full bed sheets
  • 1 full bed sheet (default)
  • 1 beach towel
  • 2 smaller towels
  • none