Natural pain care through massage therapy

Integrative Touch and Bodywork

Natural Pain Care
Through Massage Therapy


Before, during and after your Massage

Because massage is not a common part of our contemporary cultural experience, many people feel uneasy about receiving their first massage. Here are a few guidelines to help you feel at ease and to gain the greatest benefit from your massage therapy session.

Your LMT will review your Intake Form and review any possible topics, medications, allergies, etc, that may require modification of the massage session.

There may also be a brief orthopedic assessment of posture and specific joints.

The massage therapist will also review the massage procedure, including how much to disrobe, positioning, draping, etc.

The massage therapist will also answer any questions and attend to any concerns the client may have.

Tell the therapist about areas of your body which are injured, tense or sore. Also mention any medical conditions, such as; high blood pressure, heart problems, chronic headaches, varicose veins, or any recent injuries or surgery.

Close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible. Focus your attention on your breathing, which should be slow, deep and even.

When the therapist’s hands locate areas of pain or tension in the body, consciously try to relax those areas. As you inhale deeply, visualize the breath flowing to the tense area and relaxing it. As you fully exhale, visualize the tension leaving the body with the breath.

Conversation can be distracting to you and the therapist. Good massage requires concentration on the part of the therapist. Please limit your conversation to feedback about the massage. However, feel free to speak up if anything the therapist does is too painful, too ticklish, or uncomfortable in any way.

Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Be limp, like a rag doll, and do not try to help move your arms, legs or head. The therapist is a trained professional who will not do anything to hurt you.

The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely unclothed. The therapist is sensitive to your need for privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet or blanket, except for the area being massaged. If this arrangement is not comfortable for you, you may wear underwear or swimsuit.

Very often, as the body releases tension during a massage, the mind will release emotion. If you suddenly feel sad, angry or joyful, do not be alarmed. Allow yourself to express these feelings by crying or laughing. At the very least, feel free to sigh with relaxation or hum with pleasure.

Many people fall asleep during a massage, an indication that the body and mind are releasing stress and tension. The therapist will gently wake you when it is time to turn over or to end the massage.

It is hoped that your massage is both enjoyable and beneficial, and that this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong habit to help you enjoy the best possible health and relaxation.

After your Massage

10 Steps to Physical Well-Being after Massage

Drink plenty of water for soft tissue irrigation; approx. two (2) quarts of plain water. This will help flush your body of any residual metabolites released during your treatment; such as lactic acid and substance P which can cause soreness.

Relax and stay warm. Do not do anything strenuous and go to sleep early. Correct sleeping posture; on back, support under the knees, and in neutral position.

Movement therapies; the following morning after the massage do some general light stretching and go for a walk for 30 minutes in the fresh air. Discipline yourself to have slower, smoother movements. Some basic yoga postures would be ideal.


Soak in a hot bath (preferred over showering) for approx. 20 minutes or as long as you can stand it. Add Epsom salt or sea salt to help with the extraction of toxins and wastes.

Ice packs on especially painful areas for up to 25 minutes or until numbness is reached.

Postural awareness; 20 times a day, bring your attention to the way you are sitting, standing, walking. If possible, use a 20 or 30 minute timer to freeze yourself and notice your posture and breathing pattern. Take a moment to stand and stretch, then walk over and reset the timer.

Decrease the intake of neuro stimulants such as caffeine and sugar that will
increase pain.

Breathing consciously and deeply several minutes a day in a quiet, peaceful place will calm the sympathetic nervous system and decrease pain.

Have a positive attitude, be sensitive of others needs, and empower those that are close to you.

Love yourself and be compassionate towards others

Tedy Narvaez, LMT