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General Information on Massage Therapy


Raphael Affiliates is a group of independent massage therapists whose mission is to excel in the service of a group who supports good health and healing through massage therapy.

You too can benefit from massage therapy and bodywork. Many individuals such as yourself turn to massage therapy for pain relief, rehabilitation, stress relief, and rejuvenation both physically and mentally. By manipulating the muscles of the body, massage therapy and bodywork can increase circulation which in turn creates more oxygen and nutrients for body tissues. Massage therapy helps in promoting physical and mental health by increasing flexibility, preventing injuries, speeding recovery, easing tension, and promoting a sense of wholeness.

Wondering what to expect on your first visit to Raphael Affiliates? Upon arriving for your first massage therapy treatment your professional massage therapist will ask you to fill out a short client history form. This form is used to establish communication between you and your therapist regarding any medical issues and the type of massage treatment that would be most beneficial for you. After discussing what to expect during your treatment your massage therapist will leave the treatment room to prepare for the treatment. The lighting in the treatment room is dim and soft music will be playing to help create a relaxing environment for your treatment. You will be asked to disrobe to a level that is consistent with the modality of massage selected, and instructed on how to lay on the massage table under the placement of towels and sheets. You will never be asked to disrobe to a level in which you feel uncomfortable. Your modesty will always be protected as your therapist will only uncover body parts currently being worked and at no time work any private or intimate areas. During the massage your therapist will work the areas as discussed prior to the start of the session, and will inquire about how you are feeling. If the pressure being applied during the therapy is too intense, please let your therapist know. After the massage treatment your therapist will leave the room to allow for you to dress. After dressing your massage therapist can advise you on what to expect in the days following your treatment and if a scheduled plan of massage therapy would be beneficial for you. It is important for you to be open and honest with your massage therapist at all times. Your comments and feedback allow your massage therapist to provide you with the most positive massage experience.


Still like to know more? Call us and we will be happy to provide you with additional information. You can reach us by calling 412.364.8570 and leaving a message with Mary Ann at extension 1#.