FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • For general health and relaxation 1-2 times a month for people under light to moderate stress. This would include people who are sedentary or only exercise occasionally. If you are experiencing a high amount of stress both occupational and personal weekly massage can be beneficial to help cope with the stress and tension build up.  Additionally just knowing you have a massage scheduled can help with the stress. You know you will always feel better after.

    If you are seeking out massage for pain management or recovering from an injury. Massage can be done 2-3 times per week for the first week then reduce to 2 times a week down to once a week. Chronic pain and certain types of conditions respond positivity to this diminishing frequency.

    Massage for athletes depends on the sport, training schedules and athletic goals.

  • Prior to your first massage starting you will be asked to fill out a client intake form along with a client bill of rights form. The client intake form gathers information regarding your health history and current health. The client bill of rights form provides valuable information to help protect you and your massage therapist. Once your forms are filled, the massage therapist will conduct a brief interview asking any further questions about your health history and general massage preferences. After the therapist will outline a plan of what areas of your body will be massaged. The therapist will then step out of the room and allow you to undress to your comfort level and get under the sheet and blanket. The therapist will come in and the massage will take place. When your session is done the therapist will step out of the room and allow you to get dressed. When you are finished dressing your massage therapist will go over the session with you, create a plan and schedule any follow up sessions.

  • Your massage will take place on a specially designed massage table. It can be lowered or raised to accommodate your massage therapist, so they can use proper body mechanics when performing your massage.

    Clean, fresh, sanitized linens are used with each client. You will be in a warm comfortable, dimly lit room with soft music playing. Pillows, bolsters, hot towels and aromatherapy can also be added to help create a comfortable massage session.

  • It's hard to relax if you’re feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable. I tell each of my clients to undress to your comfort level. Traditionally most massage techniques are performed on your body unclothed. Your body will always be properly draped with a sheet, towel or blanket and only the area of the body the massage therapist is working on will be undraped. Draping is mandatory during each massage therapy session. Please bring it to the attention of your therapist if you are uncomfortable at any time.

  • No. The therapist will leave the room when you undress and allow you enough time to get on the massage table and under the sheet and blanket. The massage therapist will also step out of the room after the session is complete to allow you to redress.

  • Each massage session is customized specifically to your needs. Not every massage needs to be a full body to be effective. For example maybe you could really use more time on your neck and shoulders and prefer not to have your feet worked on during the massage. Typically a full body massage would include your scalp, face, neck, shoulders, upper chest, arms, hands, legs, feet and back. The abdomen and gluteal area can also be included. Make sure to specify to your therapist if there is any area of the body you don’t want to be worked on.

  • First off relax, this is your time. Communicate to your therapist if you are uncomfortable, ask questions and offer feedback to what you are feeling regarding where the therapist is working. The more feedback you can give allows your therapist to really focus on the greater areas of tension. Let your therapist know if you want less or more pressure, if you are too hot or too cold. Take this time to take deep relaxing breaths. Some people find them dozing off and that is perfectly OK.

  • An increasing number of research studies show massage can: increase daily performance, reduce stress and anxiety, improve circulation, enhance muscle tone, help relieve muscle pain and tension, improve recovery time, help strengthen immune system, reduce blood pressure, increase flexibility, improve sleep and reduce fatigue and help prevent injuries.

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