I have always believed that massage is only for people who want to relax or indulge themselves to the max. I always thought that massage is only for men as they are more muscular than women and hence, will require the natural soothing comfort of massage. Besides, this is what they always portray in their advertisements and commercials, right? They will paint a picture of a man lying down on a massage table, some fully cloth, some not, while the hands of the therapist projects an image of gliding smoothly across the surface of his skin. From the looks on the client’s face he seems happy and contented.
The first and only time I had a massage was when I was still in the University. You can call it more as a means to satisfy my curiosity. It was good but perhaps my therapist was not really that well-trained because I simply couldn’t feel the benefits many readers of the Freedom Chinese Medicine FB page are talking about. People have been talking about how it has helped them sleep a lot better, have more fun times enjoying the things they do, as well as reduced frequency of having medical checkups for their heart and immune system problems. I also read that massage is good for the skin in that it is a lot better than having expensive skin rejuvenation treatments. Sadly, I didn’t get all of these benefits on my first and only massage therapy up to that point. And since I have read so many positive things about massage from the Facebook page of Freedom Chinese Medicine, I decided to give it a try.
It would seem that my decision to visit this top Ivanhoe clinic for massage and acupuncture is the best one I have ever made so far. The clinic is unlike the massage facility I have been to. It was homier, more relaxing, and more comfortable. Perhaps what really impressed me is that they have simplified everything. Instead of using Shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, or Chinese in their services, they are thoughtful enough to provide only two very fundamental massages depending on your needs. Obviously, there are two reasons why people get massages – one is to relax and the other one is to obtain some form of remediation for their complaints.
Personally, I find this very comforting because I sure am not going to spend so much time differentiating a Shiatsu type of massage from a Swedish or even a Javanese. I expect my massage therapist to provide me with the best kind of massage possible appropriate for my needs – relaxation or remediation.
Anyway, being on high heels almost 10 hours every day for 6 days a week, I know I simply need to have my calf and leg muscles soothed back to normalcy. My therapist was kind enough to run me through what she was going to do and encouraged me to tell her if she is doing the massage to my liking or not. I was prepped for my massage session and was made to wear comfortable clothes. And I thought I was going to get remedial massage yet here I was being prepped for ultimate relaxation. It turned out that be it for relaxation or remediation, the client will still need to be prepared in their most comfortable states. This helps facilitate the smoother flow of oxygen and nutrients across the different parts of the body. I couldn’t agree more.
My therapist proceeded to put my whole body into a full relaxed state first gently rubbing and kneading my muscles until all tension were melted away. When this was accomplished, she focused on my problem areas, my leg and calf muscles. I admit it was quite painful at first and I could literally feel knots of muscles being loosened like individual bubbles from a bubble-wrap being popped. It was painful but surprisingly pleasurable at the same time. I guess the pain was a sign of the tension being released from the knotted muscles on my legs. The pain I initially felt was replaced with a purely relaxed state. I could feel no tension on my leg muscles. The other good thing is that I could now see some of the benefits those folks were talking about on Facebook.
My first visit was followed by another one, roughly two weeks later. This time, I took a relaxing massage. I guess you can say that I slept throughout the entire session. I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life.
I have already made my massage therapy session with Freedom a regular twice-monthly regimen – one always devoted to remediation and the other one to relax. I have found this regimen to be quite effective. I have better work productivity. My stress levels are at their all-time low and I have never felt this good about myself than now. I am now a firm believer of the many benefits of massage.