What to Expect

Indigo Massage Therapy

Katie Brock, LMT, CCT, CVST

(816)535-6688

7917 Santa Fe Drive

Overland Park, KS, 66204

December 22, 2018

Booked Your First Massage? Here’s What To Expect!

It’s normal to be both excited and nervous for your first massage therapy session or your first session with a new massage therapist. Once you arrive and meet your therapist you will most likely lose your nerves and begin to relax for your session. Although every massage therapist is different and no session is identical, there are some key components that you can be sure to look for. Knowing what to expect will make your first session less intimidating!

Relaxing Environment

You can expect to see a relaxing treatment room with soft lighting, soothing music, and a comfortable massage table to lay on.

Consultation

An intake form reviewing your health, previous injuries, surgeries, or health concerns will be ready for you to fill out. You will consult with your massage therapist about your goals for the session such as tension relief, increased range of motion, stress relief, etc. Together you will decide the best treatment option to suit your needs.

Massage Session & Post-session

Your massage therapist will instruct how they would like you to position yourself on the table, and they will step out to allow you to undress. You can undress to your level of comfort. Some clients take everything off and others leave some clothing on. Only the area of the body being worked on at the time will be uncovered. Cream or oil will be used with various massage modalities to reach the goals of the session. There is never any judgement from a massage therapist so please don’t ever worry about your body in any way!

Communication between you and your massage therapist is crucial to your experience and your results. If the pressure needs to be adjusted or anything is uncomfortable in any way, it is up to you to let your therapist know. Your comfort is your massage therapist’s priority so don’t hesitate to communicate your needs!

While certain problem areas on the body are being worked on, you might experience slight discomfort but it should not reach the level of pain. After the session is over your massage therapist will leave the room and you can slowly get up and dressed. You will probably be reminded to stay extra hydrated that day, as it is especially important after a massage. Always keep in mind that the massage might bring some soreness felt later in the day or the following day. Typically it feels similar to how your muscles may feel after a workout. Staying hydrated, stretching, and even taking an Epsom salt soak will relieve this soreness.

Payment will be taken at check-out after the session. Standard rate for gratuity is 20% of the service, but it is never expected! Feel free to ask your massage therapist any suggested stretches or exercises to help correct any issues or imbalances they may have found during the session.

After your first session you will have a reference to decide how the next session can be adjusted to be of better help to you, and how often it is recommended to continue massage treatments. Enjoy your massage! Once you try massage therapy you will wish you’d tried it sooner! If your session was lacking or it didn’t seem like the right fit, don’t give up; try booking with another massage therapist until you find someone who works best for you!


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Abdominal Cupping

Have you tried abdominal cupping yet? Cupping therapy is extremely beneficial, especially when applied to the abdomen (A.K.A. the “emotional library”). The abdominal area is where we commonly hold on to stress, emotions, trauma, and unwanted toxins. This toxicity has been linked to many common ailments, and may imply the need to detoxify.

Common issues that indicate the need for detoxification:

*acne/skin issues

*allergies

*arthritis

*asthma

*backaches

*bad breath/body odor

*brain fog/poor concentration

*chronic fatigue

*constipation

*depression

*diarrhea

*difficult weight loss

*distended abdomen

*food cravings

*frequent colds

*headaches

*hemorrhoids

*hypertension

*hypoglycemia

*irritability

*insomnia

*menstrual problems

*prostate problems

& more!

Benefits of abdominal cupping:

*removes physcial blockages in digestive tract, as well as emotional/energetic blockages

*helps regulate digestion/waste processes

*detoxification

*relieves muscular tension of the abdominals and hip flexors

*aids in digestion by stimulating peristalsis (contraction for digestion and secretion of digestive fluids)

*increases nutrient absorption

*overall improvements to chronic gastrointestinal disorders

What we consume also has a huge impact on our gut health and digestive health. Most diets are very mucoid-forming. Mucoid plaque forms in the colon and our digestive fluids are sometimes not enough to successfully rid the system of excess plaque. Layers of plaque buildup can compact and harden and cause colon toxicity, causing health issues. As a result, poisons are seeping into our bloodstream and eventually to all other areas of the body. If you consume, or have ever consumed, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, sugar, processed food of any kind, chocolate, caffeine, soft drinks, or alcohol, then you will certainly have mucoid plaque and could benefit from abdominal massage, cupping, and detoxification. This cleansing process is helpful because you not only clean up your internal sewer system, but in the process of doing so, all manner of emotional issues which may be “buried” can come to the surface to be processed and released. It is in the emotional combined with the physical resolution, that true healing occurs!

Indigo Massage Therapy’s Abdominal Cupping Treatment is a 30 min service and can be booked alone, or added to a 30 or 60 minute massage. Call or text Katie (Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Cupping Therapist) to book your appointment today; your body will thank you!

Katie Brock, LMT, CCT

(816)535-6688

7917 Santa Fe Drive

Overland Park, KS, 66204

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Wellness Workshop: Mind - Body - Soul

Friday February 23rd 6-9 PM

We are so excited to partner with Jennifer Agee for another Wellness Workshop! Learn how to effectively manage worry and anxiety from Jennifer Agee, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, while you enjoy a night of pampering and rejuvenation. Your ticket includes a fun and interactive workshop to help you find practical and effective ways to conquer your anxiety and begin to live a more balanced, peaceful life. Your ticket includes the workshop and 2 mini spa treatments. Sign up quickly before the spots are taken!

Spa Treatment Options:

Mini Massage
Green Tea Mini Facial
Luminous Mini Peel
Reiki Gemstone Mini Facial
Shea Butter Hand/Arm Massage and Wrap
Shea Butter Foot Massage and Wrap

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COMING SOON: Cupping Therapy Certification Feb 2018

Cupping therapy is a fascinating alternative form of medicine that has received mention in historical accounts dating from possibly 5,000 years ago. Chinese Cupping Therapy is often used in conjunction with more commonly known forms of traditional Chinese medicine treatments and methods such as acupuncture and acupressure.

Cupping therapy is ideal for those that are looking to improve their flow of energy, encourage detoxification of the body, relieve pain, ease tense muscles, or encourage relaxation.

The basic idea behind cupping therapy is to place cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum, so the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that need healing.

Cupping therapy is based on the belief that using suction or vacuum on specific cupping points on a patient’s body can help remove obstructions in the natural energy pathways (meridians) inside the body and thus cure ailments.

The cups may be left on a certain spot for around 3 minutes, or they may be used to glide over a larger area or muscle group.

During a typical massage therapy session, the body is tended to with the application of pressure and tissue compression. Cupping therapy uses negative pressure to aid in promoting blood flow and increase blood circulation to muscles and tissue, supplies oxygen to cells, loosens “knots”, and can release and drain excess fluids and toxins.

Cupping combines the value of building up the bodies energy with the relief of ridding the body of its toxins. Energy flows through the twelve meridians, and the blood flows in the capillaries under the skin. The cupping method works to move the toxins towards the surface of the skin and out of the body, hence the markings that are left after the session. These are not the same as painful bruising, but just toxins and blood being brought to the surface to be expelled. The markings should only last from 3-14 days, depending on individual toxin level. Once the toxins have reached the surface of the skin, it is then believed that the healing process can begin.

Cupping therapy has also been used to treat several other conditions including blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia, rheumatic diseases such as arthritis, fertility and other gynecological disorders, eczema, acne, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, cellulite, and varicose veins.
It is a very common practice among athletes and is considered an effective treatment to increase motion and soothe sore and tired muscles. The increased blood flow to the treated areas helps to promote muscle healing. It is especially helpful when the patient is competing in a sport such as swimming, gymnastics, or track and field because they are constantly using these muscles. Increasing the blood flow will help loosen these muscles and improve the range of motion these athletes have.

After a few repeated cupping therapy sessions, the patient can begin to experience feeling the need for sleep or may experience an inability to fall asleep. There may be instances of heightened smells, emotional release, and muscle soreness. The muscle soreness may mimic the effects an individual might experience after a strenuous workout. These effects will lessen as the treatments continue and will vary from person to person.After the first cupping therapy session, the patient should experience a marked improvement in their pain levels or congestion. The symptoms they were treated for will become less and less as time goes on and the cupping therapy treatments are continued. Joint stiffness will see a noticeable improvement, and there may be improved hormone production. The muscles will begin to stretch and loosen, and inflammation should be relieved as the stagnant blood and toxins are released from the body. The cupping therapy will begin to strengthen the patient’s immune system and facilitate the movement of Qi (life energy) and blood within the body. The patient will experience an overall good feeling of health and energy beginning with the first treatment and will become more noticeable as the toxins continue to be removed from the body and the cupping therapy sessions continue.

Always consult with your trusted health care professional before receiving cupping to be sure it is beneficial for you.
 

https://cuppingresource.com/

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Small Business - Big Heart

When you support a small business, you are supporting a dream! THANK YOU to everyone who helps make my dream a reality and for making it possible for me to do what I love every day! I love being located in the heart of downtown OP, and being surrounded by local small businesses like myself! Take advantage of the current spa specials on gift certificates, gift bags, and bundles while you can for the holiday season. #shopsmall#supportlocal #smallbusinesslove

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