Richard Hale is a published author who enjoys writing on business, health, sports, culture, traveling, technology, and symbolism.
Mobile Massage At Home With A Few Simple Clicks
You’re relaxing on the couch after a hard day or work and you feel some tension in your neck. “It would be great to have a massage,” you think, but you’ll never get around to making that appointment. Now, imagine being able to order a massage therapist to your room with the hit of a few buttons on your phone, as simple as ordering a pizza. Wow, that sure would be nice, right?
The good news, you can - you can jump online right now and order a home massage, or a work massage, hotel massage. Soothe delivers the massage to you - they're like the Uber of massage.
Much More Than A Home Massage
While I've always been aware of what a massage is, I was surprised by the amount of health benefits a massage can deliver. In fact, I've experienced many of those benefits myself and now I'm a regular ordering massages when I'm traveling for business.
While you can book a home massage with Soothe, you can also book massages at work, events, your hotel, and more. That's a pretty cool feature.
Now, let me cover the benefits of massage as I'm sure some of these will surprise you.
The Many Benefits Of Massage
There's a long list of massage benefits - some of these may surprise you - it surprised me. If I knew massage was so healthy, I'd booked massages years ago.
- Paid Relief - One of the most well known benefits of massage is the fact that it can release pain. Harvard Study
- Flexibility - Studies have also shown that massage can help improve your flexibility and range of motion.
- Lowering Blood Pressure - In a study on the effect of trigger point therapy, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. (Journal of Advanced Nursing, 37, 364-71)
- Stress Relief And Relaxation - While there's a wide range of treatments for stress, massage is known for helping you reduce stress and relax.
- Fibromyalgia - It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those who suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Upper back and neck pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it makes them feel good and there's nothing wrong with that. All of us need time to get away from the world, we all need that type of space from time to time.
While there's a number of great benefits, please know that massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. You should always talk to your doctor about your health and seek treatment there.
Why I regularly get massage treatments
When I was 15 years old, I was in a bad car wreck. Ever since, my back has hurt. Massage, specifically a deep tissue massage, it eliminates the pain completely. After I get a massage, I can go a week or two before the pain comes back, but that's a few days I don't have to deal with it.
I've also noticed that it puts me in a good mood, gets me to a good place mentally. I like that. It's like a reset and due to my work schedule and running a few businesses, I need that.
My legs hurt as well, I have nothing medically wrong but they do get sore.
The main reason I now seek regular massage is for the pain relief and the well-being.
Your reasoning may be different, but for me, it helps and all the other benefits are just bonuses.
What Should I Expect From A Massage?
It's important to note that you won't need any special preparation fro get your massage. Before you start a massage therapy session, your massage therapist should ask you a few questions so they can give you the best experience possible. They may ask about your current symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to experience with your massage. Your massage therapist should also explain the different types of massages available to you and how each may differ.
With a basic massage therapy session, you may need to undress or wear clothing that is loose on your body. Now, the manner that you undress is up to you, what ever makes you feel the most comfortable. More than likely, you'll need to lie on a massage table or chair, most massage therapists will have this massage equipment available.
If you do choose to undress before your massage, the massage therapist will leave the room so it can be done in private. Your massage therapist will likely conduct an initial evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure may be needed for your specific scenario.
Depending on your personal preferences, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. If you're allergic to oils and lotions, be sure to tell your massage therapist immediately.
A massage session may last from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage. Breathe normally throughout your massage.
Your massage therapist may play music during your massage or talk to you, but you can tell him or her if you prefer quiet.
If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It's likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.
Finding A Massage Therapist
I want to take this time and tell you how I found Soothe, my experiences with them, and why I now recommend them. You're more than welcome to choose any massage therapist you wish, just make sure you do your own research.
Two of my close friend introduced me to Soothe back in 2020. What I like about the Soothe Network is the fact that they vet all of their massage therapist. More so, all of their massage therapist are licensed and certified, so you know you're always going to get a professional massage therapist.
With that being said, here's a few other things I'd suggest. Make sure you speak up and ask the right questions.
- Are you licensed, certified or registered?
- What is your training and experience?
- How many massage therapy sessions do you think I'll need?
- What's the cost, and is it covered by health insurance?
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or how to engage in massage with a partner at home.