1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Please come 10 minutes early to fill out forms. The therapist will also ask you some general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.
2. Where will my massage take place?
Your massage will take place in one of our therapy rooms with soft music help you relax. There are 3 rooms, each room has a table especially designed for your comfort.
3. What do I wear during the massage?
For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. Massage Therapists are specially trained in “draping” which is a special technique designed to keep you covered at all times during your session.
4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; some sleep, others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
5. How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. The therapist will ask you if the pressure is okay. At anytime you feel the pressure is too light or too intense, you just mention it and he will adjust it per your comfort levels. Often, a light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
We use hypoallergenic massage lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention.
7. Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
8. How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. We recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
10. Do I need to come in weekly to get results?
Your body like a car that needs regular maintenance and let you make your own decision on your level of commitment. If you can afford regular massage therapy, you should be getting it. Even if you had no issues at all, Massage Therapy is preventative. It helps reduce stress, improves flexibility, lessens the need for medications, improves circulation and immune system, alleviates depression, prevents injury and lowers blood pressure. Like acupuncture and any other wellness service, it is just good for you and will ultimately save you a lot of time and money in the future..