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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are several common questions we receive from our clients. If you don’t find what you are looking for and still have any questions or concerns, please for free to email us at info@againstthegrainrmt.ca.

What areas can be treated during the massage?

Arms, hands, back, neck, scalp, glutes, legs (front/back), feet, pectorals, abdomen. Please note areas like breast tissue are only areas treated upon request/with special written & verbal consent & only for specific conditions like mastitis, scar tissue from surgery/cancer related surgeries.

How should I undress for the massage?

Once your RMT has finished the intake and has stepped out of the room we recommend undressing to your comfort level. Some individuals will remove all articles of clothing which is fine as you are ALWAYS covered thru the chest & hip region. This means that you will never be exposed in a way that would make you uncomfortable. Some people prefer to leave on their under garments which is also ok. Please keep in mind that it is easier for your RMT to work on your back without bra straps in the way. This being said you will always have your breast tissue covered at all times during the course of the massage. We ask that once you have undressed, please get underneath the top sheet of the massage table & cover yourself up. Your RMT will knock before entering the treatment room. Only targeted areas that will be treated will be exposed & properly draped with the massage sheet.  If clothing is left on for the massage your RMT will only be able to perform compressions, some minimal stretching & joint based tractions.

I’ve heard of people having painful experiences with massage so I’m really nervous

Unfortunately, this does happen. It’s always hard to say how someone will respond to a massage & even to pressure that is not necessarily deep or aggressive. We always recommend communication with your RMT regarding pressure & areas that are sensitive & tender. Please note you will not hurt your RMT feeling by requesting pressure to be lightened up even if its several times throughout the massage. Massages do not need to be deep or painful to get results. There is a chance you may have mild tenderness like what you would feel after a workout however we do recommend continuing with water intake, a warm Epsom salt bath & light stretches (holding the stretches for 30 secs)

I don’t like some techniques my therapist uses, but I don’t know how to bring it up.

Please understand that you will not hurt your RMT feelings by speaking your mind. You have a say in your treatment plan & if you feel some techniques used do not feel good it’s important to speak up. Your RMT will value your input & recommend changes to the treatment plan that reflect the goals that you both have. Some techniques are used with a certain goal in mind however there are always adjustments to be made to ensure your comfort overall.

There isn’t any female therapist available sometimes, only male therapist - I’m nervous to get a massage with a male - what do you recommend?

Though it is understandable to have uncertainties about receiving treatment with a male as the concept for many can be quite foreign- our male RMT’s are both highly trained & come under the same training principals & expectations that we have of our female RMT’s.  Male RMT’s joined this profession for many of the same reasons that our female therapist has. Having had an RMT help them with a physical struggle, seeing a family member who lived in pain get considerably better through massage treatments, or having massage give an increased sense of peace, calm & connectedness to one’s body. Male RMTs follow the same guidelines when it comes to secure drapery of the sheets to the areas being treated, detailed consent, genitalia & breast tissue are avoided (Breast tissue massage is only acceptable for specific conditions) Your RMT will leave the room when you need to disrobe & when you need to get dressed. Male RMT’s take pride in their work, they wish to help people, & provide a safe & effective treatment. There is no judgement when they treat you, no different than when you are with a female RMT. All we can ask is that you give the male RMT a chance, so they can prove what an effective therapy they can provide.

Male therapist can provide a treatment that is tailored to what you need. A male RMT can provide a soothing treatment no different than a female RMT.  Just the same that a female RMT can provide an exceptionally deep massage. We hope that we can break the stigma around seeing a male RMT, that more people can give male RMT’s a chance. We are in a time where we are all looking to breakdown old ways of thinking, women are looking for more equality in fields where men dominate, male nurses have seen the same scrutiny.  Many medical professionals are also men who have the primary object of helping their patients & the general public so their aim is to provide safe & effective treatment.

We understand that some religious/cultural beliefs make it important that a female is never touched, even therapeutically by a man. Our male RMT’s are looking to provide a treatment environment where woman can feel safe & respected.

Sometimes I feel like I’m going to burst into tears while on the table, often times I don’t know why- I feel sometimes I can control this and other times I can’t, I feel if I can get this heaviness off my chest, it’ll help but I’m worried my therapist will be uncomfortable.

It’s not uncommon to experience a heightening of emotions during a treatment. You are relaxed, alone with your thoughts, feeling connected to your body & to your emotions as well.  Emotional energy is a part of being human, being alive and experiencing your unique life journey. Everyone experiences emotions, so your RMT does not judge this. Crying does not make you weak. It is not always necessary for you to understand why you are crying, it is true that crying is a form of stress relief, even if the reason is unclear to you- & unclear to your RMT. That being said, it is not necessary that your RMT know why either (unless we are hurting you physically- then please speak up). We as a society need to move past the idea that tears equal weakness & judgement. If you wish your RMT to step out of the room for some privacy through your emotional experience please let your therapist know. Please don’t feel that crying on the table is met with judgmental eyes once you’ve gotten off the table. We don’t look at you after and think of you as anything less than someone experiencing your life.

What should I do after the massage?

We recommend warm hydrotherapy such as an Epsom salt bath (warm shower, jacuzzi & hot tub is also effective for increasing blood flow to the muscle tissue) Please note that 15-20 mins is sufficient time to being exposed to the heated water “therapies”. Please exit the water if you notice you are feeling dizzy, lightheaded or simply overheated. Using a cool gel pack wrapped in a thin towel over the affected area if inflammation is present. Maintain adequate hydration.

Can I go to the gym after my massage?

We recommend waiting 24hrs after the massage before considering going to the gym. Strenuous exercise after the massage is not recommended as it could possibility lead to soreness & compromise the value of the treatment you have just received. The 24hr’s after the massage is crucial as a recovery period. Light exercise for healthy individuals is ok, this includes a light walk, swimming laps, gentle stretching. One widely accepted view in favor of this 24-hour recovery period is that sustained pressure on connective tissue makes it more gel-like. The technical term for this change is thixotropic effect. This state of increased softness lasts about 24 hours, so high-intensity exercise may pull or move the tissue back to old patterns or even induce new strain patterns. One day off from your training will not compromise your gains, if anything a break will help the massage & your training be more effective in the long run.

Will one massage fix my problems?

One massage can make a huge difference; however, everyone is different when it comes to their healing journey. It is hard to speculate how each individual will respond to their massage. Some people feel remarkably better after their first massage so they may need only one additional massage, or massage as needed. Some people will need additional massages in a close proximity in order to yield maximum results. Each massage builds on the next one, breaking down scar tissue, increase length to shortened tight muscles, decreasing the sympathetic nervous system firing, decreasing trigger point referral patterns & so much more. Just like depending on the distance you’re driving in your car it may require you to be more vigilante on getting your oil changed more frequently. Some things you can get away with doing 1x every few months & other things you should keep as a priority.

Deeper is better right?

This is a common misconception. Some people find deeper massages very effective if they get regular massages (1-2 massages a month- every month), this can be that the nervous system has adapted to the deeper pressure. For these people light to medium massages is ineffective for them. However, there are people who do not get regular massage & feel that one deep massage will fix all their discomfort. This is not advised; we recommend the massage feel comfortable & be neither too deep or too light. Sometimes when a massage is too deep it can lead to extreme soreness, muscle weakness, feelings of nausea & does not improve the discomfort that brought the client in to begin with- in some cases it can make the discomfort worse.

Contact Details

Abby Lane Health Centre
15331 16 ave, suite 310 (Floor 3)
Surrey, BC V4A 1R6
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778-222-1051
info@againstthegrainrmt.ca

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