Massage therapy uses hands on communication with the soft tissues of the body to decompress, release and align each person’s unique structural framework.
Releasing restricted soft tissue using integrative massage techniques can help to normalize the sensory input to the nervous system (reduce noxious sensations) and thereby facilitate better movement and posture. The altered sensory input from the body results in a more balanced neuromuscular system, a feeling of lengthening and openness, increased circulation and decreased pain.
During a session we will go through a thorough history to gain a clear picture of what has brought you in. Then, using a collaborative approach with all practitioners at DLA, a treatment program will be created based on your goals, what is important to you and what is found in the assessment.
There will be homework with each sessions so that the improvements gained are sustained thus creating better function and independence from ongoing treatment. Our goal is to have you functioning well and moving confidently. Self care and education are an integral part in fostering lasting results and getting the most out of your massage therapy treatment.
Please wear athletic and comfortable clothing to your appointment to be able to work together and move freely during the assessment and treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I expect in a treatment?
Typically, a first appointment will involve a thorough assessment to determine which areas of the body will need to be addressed. Your movement and treatment goals will guide the focus of the initial session and inform follow-up visits.
2. What should I wear?
Please bring loose comfortable clothing. Ideally a pair of shorts and a tank top would be great.
3. Should I bring anything?
Bring any previous medical reports that may be relevant to your treatment.
4. How often should I book?
Initially, 2-4 treatments should be booked in somewhat close proximity to allow for more effective treatment. After that you will be ready to incorporate some movement therapy into your treatment plan and the frequency of your treatments can be determined by you and your therapist.
5. Will the treatment be painful?
Massage therapy does not, as a rule, have to be painful to be effective. While some techniques may feel more intense than others, the RMTs will always work within your comfort level. Remember, this is your treatment so don’t ever feel worried about speaking up if you have any questions or concerns.
6. Would seeing a massage therapist be helpful even if I’m already seeing another health care practitioner (chiropractor, physio, acupuncture)?
Seeing more than one practitioner can be complimentary as each modality has its own focus and can offer different expertise. At Diane Lee & Associates, the physios, RMTs, yoga therapists and pedorthist often work in conjunction with each other to make for the most efficient and effective treatment plan possible.