Why should I consider massage therapy?
It's no secret that we perform better in all aspects of daily life when we feel better. Massage therapy is one of the most enjoyable and affordable ways for most people to regain or add to their sense of well-being. Non-invasive yet highly therapeutic, you can choose from a variety of services tailored specifically to your individual needs.
How long is a typical massage?
The typical massage is between 1 and 2 hours in duration. An ideal time frame for most people who are of average type is 1.5 hours. This seems to allow plenty of time for the holistic approach to your physical and emotional needs. If you are of a larger body type or particularly athletic (such as a professional athlete), 2 hours is recommended.
Is an hour massage actually an hour massage?
With me, it is.
Is there a better time for me to have a session?
The right time is whenever works best for you.
When can't I receive massage?
Please re-schedule your session if you are running a fever, if you have been prescribed an antibiotic for a contagious disease (i.e. strep. throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, etc.) until you have been on the medication for at least 24 hours, or if you have had vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
How long does a session last?
A whole body massage typically lasts 60 minutes depending on your wishes. Hot Stone Massages last 90 minutes to give you the full benefits. Chair Massage or specific site massage vary in length from 10 minutes to as long as you would like. Sessions are variable in length depending on your wishes and the services you select.
If you haven't had a massage before, there are likely to be many questions you have about what will happen during the session and what is required of you. We have tried to answer some of these below.
Even if you have had prior experience with massage, since each therapist works in their own way, you may find that certain things differ from what you are used to. Please feel free to ask about anything you are unsure of, so that we can put your mind at ease.
Do you provide the same treatment for everyone?
We definitely do not provide the same treatment for everyone. Each person has different needs and preferences, so we tailor your treatment accordingly. Massage therapy clients come in for a wide range of complaints, as do chiropractic patients. Each treatment is unique to the individual need. The work of each massage therapist is unique as well.
How deep will the massage be?
We vary the depth depending on your wishes and needs. Good communication means that you get the massage you want. If you want a purely relaxing session, you can be sure that is what you will get.
Am I expected to talk during the massage?
If you wish to have silence, you should say so at the beginning of the treatment. I may, however, require verbal information pertinent to health findings during your treatment. However, many people enjoy talking during their massage or have questions throughout their massage. Please feel free to ask any questions throughout and please express any discomfort you might experience during your massage. I want your feedback!
I bruise easily; can I still get a massage?
It is important to let me know (this should be asked on the health history form you will be asked to fill out on your first visit). Massage therapy is not recommended for people who suffer from hemophilia and certain other blood and clotting disorders. But for most people, bruising is able to be avoided during massage. The techniques I use are very efficient at removing knots and trigger points without leaving bruises.
What if I am uncomfortable with my body?
Everyone feels uncomfortable with their body at some point in their life. I am not here to look at or embarrass you in any way. I see knots and pain and structure. It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. So just let me know your comfort level and we will work from there.
Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from making use of massage therapy?
Prior to your first session, you will be asked to complete a confidential personal history form which will be reviewed with you. If you have specific concerns, we recommend that you consult with your regular physician before having massage therapy. I use either oil or lotion in most sessions and will be happy to review their compositions with you in the event you have any concerns about allergies.
Before your Massage
What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?
Before or on your first visit you will complete a confidential health history form. We will go over your health history form to determine your treatment needs and goals. We will discuss your goals for your treatment and answer any questions you have.
During your Massage
Must I undress for my massage?
Massage therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on. You may need to undress for therapy. However, you do not need to expose yourself in any way that you are uncomfortable. I will not be in the room while you undress and get on the table. Many people ask if they must remove their underwear for the massage. It is perfectly okay to leave your underwear on if that makes you comfortable.
After your Massage
How many sessions will I require and how frequently?
If you are having massage for stress reduction or maintenance of health, anything from weekly to monthly sessions can aid your body in achieving maximum vitality.
If we are treating you for a specific problem, we initially recommend sessions between 4 days and one week apart, so that the progress can be accurately monitored. However, a specific frequency may be required by your physician's prescription. Since every case is different, we cannot say how long it will take to work with you, but it is safe to say that a problem can rarely be solved in one session.
After my massage what can I do to prolong my feeling of well being?
Drink plenty of water after your massage.
After a relaxation massage, you are unlikely to experience any unpleasant after-effects, unless you have a highly toxic system.
After deep tissue work, you may experience muscle soreness in the areas focused on. This is just like the discomfort that may be felt after exercising.
An Epsom salt or mineral salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage. It will help to alleviate stiffness you may feel the next day, and it is also recommended for use after workouts for the same reason. Most importantly, drink plenty of water to keep your tissues hydrated and to flush toxins from your body.
If there is a question that you have that I have not mentioned, please do not hesitate to call me. I am more than happy to answer your question or address your concerns about massage.