How is massage different from the medicine you get at a drugstore?
Itâ€™s collaborative. â€śThe client plays a big role,â€ť Bistas said. â€śItâ€™s not the same as taking a chemical substance, a pill that will knock you out whether you believe it will or not.â€ť
To get the full benefits of a massage, he said, clients need to do four things:
Be receptive: If the patient doesnâ€™t like to be touched, or doesnâ€™t think massage will help them, the treatment will produce more tension than it releases.
Participate: â€śIf the pressure is not right, you need to say something.â€ť Same goes if youâ€™re overheating, too cold, or otherwise uncomfortable.
Commit: A regular regimen of massages is more effective than a smattering of emergency ones. If clients only get massages when they are in serious pain, they put the therapist in an impossible situation, since he or she then has â€ś60 minutes to undo damage that has been done for years.â€ť
Know what it isnâ€™t: Massage is a supplemental treatmentâ€”it wonâ€™t single-handedly make you healthy. Wellness also requires â€śproper nutrition, sufficient rest, exercise, and medical care,â€ť Bistas says.