Getting a massage is a treat that I really enjoy but don’t schedule as often as I should.
I recruited my friend Jamie to join me on an adventure to visit Massage Envy for the 1st time. I really had to twist her arm on this adventure, right? When it came to booking a massage, I found that Massage Envy had several locations within a close proximity to where I live. My friend and I both booked individual one hour massages. Massage Envy does offer couples massages and facials too.
The waiting area and atmosphere were calm and laid back as we prepared for our massages. I think that a misconception about getting a massage is that it has to be a special occasion. Don’t get me wrong, that can be a great gift to give or give to yourself, but you can also just enjoy life and make an ordinary day more enjoyable. That’s what we did.
I enjoyed my massage A LOT. One of the challenges for me during a massage is just to turn my mind off and not think about a million other things. A massage is a great reminder for me to just BE in the moment. It was great to have someone really target those problem areas that have been overworked. My neck and forearms were really bad from constantly being on my phone and computer for work. I had no idea that my forearms were so tense until I talked the my massage therapist afterwards.
I know that a massage can feel a bit intimidating if you have never had one before. I asked Susan Wojewoda, the manager of Massage Envy in Newport, KY a few questions on the topic of massage to help share what you need to know before getting a massage.
What are the benefits of massage?
Benefits of Massage: According to the American Massage Therapy Association and numerous research studies from today’s leading institutions, massage therapy has proven physical and emotional benefits including:
- Relief of chronic muscle tension and pain
- Improved circulation Increased joint flexibility
- Reduced mental and physical fatigue
- Faster healing of injured muscle tissue
- Improved posture
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being
- Relief of migraine pain
- Increased lymph flow
- Relief from painful symptoms of arthritis
How often should someone get a massage?
Every individual has different needs. Athletes at high levels may receive daily massages, while others may feel like monthly massages are best for them. Stress in the body accumulates from many different factors: stress, overuse, injury, posture, or anatomical aberrations. Everyone experiences these factors on different levels, but we recommend (at the least) a monthly massage for the stress-reducing effects alone.
What should some consider when selecting a massage salon?
- Licensed Massage Therapists
- Customized services
- Knowledge of staff
- Excellent customer service
What age can someone start getting a massage?
Research has shown that massage is beneficial at any age. At Massage Envy minors under the age of 8 are not eligible to receive massage services. A parent/guardian of any child under the age of 18 must provide written permission prior to service. Children ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times in the clinic.
What should you know or do before your first massage?
I would want to know what modalities that the therapist specializes in. Are they a deep tissue therapist? Are they a myofascial therapist? Etc. Some people have gender preference, so knowing that might put one at ease. The better you are able to explain your pain or your goals, the easier it might be for the therapist to meet your needs.
What should someone wear during their massage?
Here at Massage Envy, we tell our clients to disrobe to their comfort level. All massages are performed with secure draping to ensure complete modesty.
Do you have some helpful techniques for relaxing during the massage?
Communicating what your goals are before the massage usually makes for a more relaxed session, as well as, deep breathing. Deep, slow breathing is a great way to bring one into the present moment while also allowing tissue to relax as the therapist works.
Should you make conversation with the massage therapist during your massage?
If it is relative to the massage or the comfort of the client, then absolutely. Here at Massage Envy, we refrain from conversations that involve socially sensitive topics or any conversation that could be perceived or interpreted as inappropriate or derogatory. That being said, the rule of thumb is – the more talking, usually the less focused the massage.
Can you describe the different types of massage and their benefits?
There are many different modalities used in massage therapy. Swedish – relaxation. Deep Tissue and Trigger point – which can be relaxing, but the goals are different. With deep tissue massage and trigger point, the goal is to release trigger points within muscle tissue. Reflexology deals with specific points on a person’s feet, hands, and even ears that relate to a corresponding area of the body. Aromatherapy is often used with massage. It invokes physiological responses in the body through inhalation and absorption through the skin. Sports massage can incorporate many different modalities to get the job done. There is also cranial-sacral, myofascial, and other modalities that a massage therapist has at their disposal.
What should someone tip after their massage?
It is customary to tip 15-25% but it is always up to each individual client.
What should someone do after their massage?
Drink plenty of water, breathe, and be happy. Regular massage has cumulative benefits, so for lasting wellness, schedule your next massage before you leave.
What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t feel like they can afford a regular massage?
We believe that massage is an integral part of everyone’s well-being journey. Massage Envy is very competitive when it comes to prices. We do work with various insurance companies to provide medical massages under health savings accounts and flex spending accounts.
Thanks again to Susan from Massage Envy in Newport for sharing her insight.
You can find a Massage Envy location near you and book your next massage from their website.
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Thanks again to Massage Envy for hosting my visit and providing the massage giveaway. All opinions are my own.
33 thoughts on “Reasons to Get a Massage and What You Need to Know ~Giveaway”
Thanks for the suggestion to get a monthly massage to help reduce stress. There is a lot of stress in my life right now. I think getting a massage would be good for my health.
I never knew that a massage can help your muscles heal faster from any tears. My wife really likes to work out, and the muscles in her calves have a lot of tears because of it. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and get her a massage to help her heal!
Between work and school, I’ve been extremely stressed and my muscles are extremely tense. Because of this I’ve been thinking of getting a massage to help me relax. Thanks for mentioning that I should make sure the massage therapist I choose in licensed, as they will typically provide better service. Is there anything else I should keep in mind?
Getting a massage sounds like a great idea. I love how you said that they’re perfect for just being in the moment for a while. My wife and I both live stressful lives, so I bet we’d both benefit from getting a massage.
Thanks for elaborating on the benefits of getting a massage. In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits is that getting a massage helps with chronic muscle pain and tension and it is a healthy way to do it. My sister has been having some issues with her back muscles being very sore; I will be sure to share these benefits with her.
I am thinking of getting a massage in a few weeks because my job has been pretty stressful, but I have never gotten a massage before. You make a great point that when looking for a massage facility you should make sure that they are licensed massage therapists and provide quality customer service. Also, I think that getting a massage can definitely help me to relax and have improved sleep.
You mentioned that stress in the body accumulates from many different factors: stress, overuse, injury, posture, or anatomical aberrations. My wife started her first teaching job this year and has been having anxiety attacks very often. Are there different types of massage therapy that can specifically help with anxiety and stress? Going to see an experienced massage therapist might be a good idea.
I have never had a massage! I know, I know….I have a bad lower back, and I’m sure I could benefit from regular massages. I’d love to give it a try!
I haven’t had a massage in ages!!!
I want to win because I love massages!
I can really use a massage and would love it if I won!
oh i SO need a massage!!!!!! my husband won’t rub my feet! 🙂
My hubs is always asking for a massage! It would be great to win a little something towards one!
I would love this so I can take a mommy time out! It would be well deserved!
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Lugging a toddler around=back and shoulder aches that could really use a massage!
I would like to try this massage place. I have never been here before
I would love to win because my shoulder/neck area is constantly sore, and I’m sure my husband would like a break from me asking for neck massages! 😉
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I’ve nver had a massage so I want to win
I want to win because I didn’t get a massage in years
I’d love to win so I can relax for an hour!
Wow, I did not realize there were so many benefits from having a massage! I have never had one but this would be an awesome way to give it a try.
Looks like it could be nice. I’ve never had a massage before & I’m long overdue lol.
I absolutely love massages – they make me feel so much more relaxed and allow me to be a better mom and wife!
Oh goodness this place is wonderful. And being 6 months pregnant I’m looking for a place to get a relaxing massage.
Massage is a great way to get in touch with your “stress strorage” areas. If you know how you feel when you are totally relaxed, you can target those areas and release tension between visits.
I have never had a massage and it would be perfect for my aching shoulders and neck!
Yes! Massage Envy is a great place to get a massage 🙂
I haven’t had a massage in ages. I would love to win.
I want to win to treat my hardworking husband to a much needed massage!
I’ve had a massage there before and was so impressed by the staff and the massage!