How would it feel to have more energy, a clear mind and being pain-free for engaging in, before an important event; be it personal or work related? Massage therapy is not just as a “spa treatment,” but as a powerful therapeutic tool. Massage therapy is known to improve mood, induce relaxation and thereby reduce stress and anxiety.
Most of us are not aware of what the real benefits of a massage are. We have met Marco Fucile, a personal trainer and masseuse to look more into detail on the benefits of massage therapy.
Interview with massage therapist and personal trainer Marco Fucile:
1)Did you go into massage therapy as a result of your fitness training background and what type of massages do you offer?
Yes, my long experience in fitness training created an interest in everything concerning wellness. I have always been interested in health and wellness and had a desire to share this with other people. Massage therapy appeals to many; yogis, gym users, ramblers, athletes; not only also those going through a big change in their life such as a marriage, motherhood or a career challenge. I offer different types of massage: Full Body Massage Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release, Reiki Massage and Sports Massage. My job is to understand the reason of why my patient needs a massage and create a treatment plan for them that includes repeat sessions for achieving their goal.
2) In what ways can a massage re-establish your client’s mind and body?
Persistent musculoskeletal tension can restrict blood circulation to the body’s organs and tissues. The experience of low-grade, habitual tension can contribute to chronic hormonal, biochemical and neurological problems of all kinds. Massage interrupts such stress-inducing patterns and helps nudge the body back into a natural state of balance. Massage therapy helps soothe tension headaches, relieve lower back pain, and alleviate anxiety. Because massage therapy stimulates the body’s parasympathetic “rest-and-relax” nervous system, it counters both physical and mental stresses — giving you a better shot at enjoying the sleep you need to repair tissue during the night and to cope better during the day.
3) What should one expect during his first massage and what would you say to encourage them?
During the first massage one should expect a complete wellness experience that involves the body and mind. A massage therapist will fill in an intake form where questions would be asked to know your goals. I would say to anyone who has never done a massage before that they should not be afraid to talk to their massage therapist and ask any questions. You can bring your own oils if you prefer. Your therapist will set the right music for relaxation. It is very important to relax and let your thoughts go.
4) What can clients do after a massage to continue to bring in its benefits?
It is a good idea to drink plenty of water after a massage because impurities in your body get moved around and your kidneys need some extra water to flush them out of your system. I would say that paying attention to the body’s reaction to the massage is very important. Do you feel light or full of energy? Some might feel better if they take a warm bath and take a rest. Don’t feel like you should be doing something. Give yourself time and your body will thank you. Finally, repeat sessions are beneficial, talk to your therapist to schedule the next appointment.
5) How do you make your clients feel special?
I am not a beautician: far from it! And I don’t have any advice on that thing. Massage therapy is much, much more than just providing a quality massage. I provide the clients with their own in-home self-care program. My goal is to facilitate their entire health and wellness and they are very grateful for my services. Most clients will return for a massage service purely out of gratitude.
6) What’s it like being a male therapist in a female dominated industry and why don’t you think men get regular spa treatments?
There is the perception that massage therapy is a woman’s territory. Things are changing rapidly. More and more men are approaching me both as a personal trainer and as a massage therapist.
7) What has been the greatest moment of your career so far? Have you experienced clients looking and feeling healthier right before your eyes?
To be able to give someone an instant feeling of wellness or a release of tension or distraction and relief of stress is just amazing. It is really amazing for me as a personal trainer and massage therapist to see my clients improving their endurance level, week after week. The fact that many of my clients walk away feeling better then when they met me the first time, gives me enormous satisfaction.