WHAT IF I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH MY BODY? DO I HAVE TO UNDRESS?
Let your therapist know your comfort level. It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. Direct skin contact is best with an application of oil or lotion. However your massage therapist is required to cover/drape you only to expose the area which they are working on. So opting to wear your clothes is fine, though bring clothes that you can get oil on like a bathing suit or shorts and a tank top.
CAN I EAT BEFORE I COME FOR A MASSAGE?
It is best to not eat for at least 90 minutes before your massage treatment and only a light meal at that time. The body needs time to digest your food. This is the same caution you would take when you go swimming or exercising. The digestion process directs the blood flow away from your peripheral tissues and concentrates it on digestive tract. Massage draws the blood flow to the area of tissues being worked on and therefore draws the blood away from the digestive tract causing poor digestion and possible discomfort.
DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FROM THE DOCTOR TO SEE A PHYSICAL OR MASSAGE THERAPIST?
You can see a physical or massage therapist without a prescription from the doctor, however some extended health insurance plans may require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for these services, but it’s not always necessary. Call your health insurance provider to confirm your level of coverage beforehand and to determine whether or not you require a physician referral for reimbursement.
WILL KEGELS PREVENT INCONTINENCE?
Kegels are strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor muscles. Therefore they can improve incontinence if the cause is weak muscles that cannot create a good seal. However, if the incontinence is caused because of overworked muscles or a weak abdominal wall, then kegels will not help and may even make it worse. A physiotherapist can help you figure out which category you fall into. If the muscles are already strong, then strengthening will not improve function, and may even cause new problems if the muscles become too strong and tight.
WILL ABDOMINAL EXERCISES DURING PREGNANCY HARM THE BABY?
Abdominal exercise should be performed in accordance with American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines and the occurrence of diastasis recti. ACOG recommends no supine exercise after the 4th month when abdominals can then be performed in standing, sitting or modified techniques.
WHAT IS KINETIC SWEDISH MASSAGE (KSM)?
It is a physical approach carried out on a massage table, using a lubricating medium (e.g. massage oil or lotion) and where the therapist’s hands are in direct contact with the client’s skin. During the massage, only the massaged segment is uncovered. The KSM techniques are applied from one end of muscle attachment to its other end.
IS IT SAFE TO GET MASSAGES WHILE PREGNANT?
Yes. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. However we do not offer massage to a woman who is in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.