Here you will find the most frequently asked questions that you need might need to know before visiting The Peak Wellness Studio.
I try to keep it updated and relevant, so if you feel there is anything missing please let me know.
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Where are you located?
On Pembroke St Lwr, off Baggot St. The door on the left of the Paperman. Press the button above the Peak Wellness Studio business card.
What should I wear?
For Relaxing and Deep Tissue massage long strokes are generally best, so wearing comfortable underwear is best. Other clothing is not needed but if you like a regular bra can be worn so the straps can be lowered while on the back and then undone when you are lying on your front.
For specific pain or Sports Massage shorts and a sports bra would be best as you may be changing position much more regularly, depending on the issue.
For Acupuncture loose trousers and top is best. You may need to remove tops or bottoms depending on where the needles need to be placed so again shorts and sports bra can be worn.
At the end of the day whatever you are comfortable with is fine. Massage and treatment can be delivered through clothes if you prefer or without, treatment can be adapted to your needs.
What kind of massage should I book?
Despite the different types and styles of massage they fall into three categories:
General relaxation, for day to day stress. This can be long and gentle strokes or deeper strokes. (Swedish, Holistic, Deep Tissue)
Particular pain areas: General acute or recurring tension or pain such as tight shoulders from office work or calves from walking/running/cycling. (Deep Tissue)
Specific acute and chronic injuries: Pain restricting function of a joint or muscle, due to recent or old injury. (Sports Massage)
45min sessions are best suited for lighter full body, particular pain areas or acute injuries. As well as the time you have available.
1hr sessions are best suited to firmer full body, more extensive pain areas and chronic sports massage.
Pain and injury generally take 3 sessions, sometimes less, sometimes more. The more extensive or chronic the pain or injury the longer it can take to resolve although relief should generally be felt after the first treatment.
Why is there soreness after the session?
If the body is held in a poor postural position or is guarding due to injury it can become accustomed to this. When corrected in the session it can feel wrong or somewhat painful as the nervous system readjusts to the new position, known as a healing crisis. These after affects should fade within 1-3 days.
How often should I book?
For relaxation I generally recommend once a month but it really depends on the individual. At more stressful times you may book more regularly at other times 2/3months may pass without an appointment.
For pain and injury I recommend once every one or two weeks until the issue is resolved only rebooking should the issue reoccur or a new issue arise.
It generally takes up to three days for the body to settle after a treatment but it is possible to work more conservatively if someone wanted to book in several days a week due to exceptional discomfort or time constraints.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
The health experts at National University of Health Sciences presents the top five health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health and wellness strategy. Massage therapy from a licensed practitioner can:
The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
Increased Immune Function
Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
Boost Mental Health and Wellness
Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected by massage therapy.
Pain Management and Improved Range of Motion
Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
Improved Physical Fitness
Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy – massage can reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.
When should I avoid getting a massage?
You should not attend an appointment if you feel unwell, have a fever or cold or a skin condition that is contagious. Usually the first trimester of pregnancy is not advised, if you are actively receiving Chemotherapy or any other intensive medical treatments, although your medical provider will generally let you know when you are clear for massage.
After acute injury or accident where a suspected break or severe tear may be involved. It sounds obvious but it has happened.
What should I expect during my first massage visit?
Your therapist will have you fill out a Medical Screening form and then ask about the precise nature of the massage you want, where, what pressure, etc. After advising how you should position yourself on the table they will leave so that you can change and get into position with the towel covering you like a blanket.
During the session the therapist may ask you about sensations of intensity and pressure.
If at any point you need to ask a question or feel uncomfortable speak up. Let the therapist know what you want, it’s your session. They will always do their best to accommodate.
Will it be painful?
Massage should not be painful; the pain makes the muscles tighten which makes it harder for the therapist to create relaxation and change in the nervous system and tissues. There may be some soreness and the occasional sharp sensation, but these should either dissipate quickly or be backed off from.