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What is Massage Therapy?

What Should You Expect?

What should you expect during a massage?

  • The massage therapist will ask questions about what prompted you to get a massage.

  • The massage therapist will want background information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels and any painful areas.

  • The massage therapist will ask what your health goals are and will discuss how massage may help you achieve those goals.

  • During a one-on-one massage, you will be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. Clothing is not removed during “chair” massages.

Trained massage therapists are happy to share their credentials with clients. AMTA professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and/or testing and are required to meet continuing education requirements to retain membership.


Definition of Massage

MASSAGE THERAPY is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.

MASSAGE is manual soft tissue manipulation, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body.

THERAPY is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness.

MANUAL means by use of hand or body.

Benefits of Massage

Most people enjoy human touch. A touch can convey comfort, love, awareness and many other sensations. It can also help alleviate aches and pains.

Benefits of Massage include:

  • Tranquil relaxation and reduced stress
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs
  • Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling
  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
Massage therapy is beneficial for almost everyone. There are a variety of techniques that are used depending on what is going on in your life, your age and your health status. Massage therapy is also beneficial for those recovering from illness and surgery.

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics is a summary statement of the standards by which massage therapists agree to conduct their practices and is a declaration of the general principles of acceptable, ethical, professional behavior.

Massage therapists shall:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to provide the highest quality massage therapy/bodywork to those who seek their professional service.

  2. Acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person by  not discriminating or behaving in any prejudicial manner with clients and/or colleagues.

  3. Demonstrate professional excellence through regular self-assessment of strengths, limitations, and effectiveness by continued education and training.

  4. Acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship with clients and respect each client's right to privacy.

  5. Conduct all business and professional activities within their scope of practice, the law of the land, and project a professional image.

  6. Refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct or sexual activities involving their clients.

  7. Accept responsibility to do no harm to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of self, clients, and associates.





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