+ How early should I arrive for my treatment?
+ What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Next, you will be given privacy to undress and lie comfortably on the massage table under a sheet and blanket to cover you. Some people choose to keep their underwear on, some people disrobe completely. Remember, you will be covered at all times, except the area that is being massaged at that time. All of our Massage Therapists have been trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment.
Be sure to speak up and let the therapist know if something needs to be changed: pressure, areas worked, your position, too hot or too cold. Always let your therapist know so that you can have the BEST experience. You are in control of your session at all times.
After your massage, your therapist will leave the room for you to dress. The last step is to check out at the front desk and discuss if another session is needed/wanted. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your massage to hydrate the muscle tissue and flush out the toxins.
+ Do I have to be completely undressed?
+ What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
+ How will a massage feel – will it hurt?
A massage should NOT be PAINFUL. A relaxation massage that doesn’t probe very deep into the muscles shouldn’t hurt. A good deep tissue massage can border on discomfort when an area is tight. There is a hurt “so good” and a “pain” hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the hurt “so good” range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain usually causes you to tighten up your muscles and work against the therapist. Be sure to keep your therapist informed of your pain level at all times, you will not offend them, they can NOT feel your pain.
+ How will I feel after my massage treatment?
+ How often should I get a massage?
+ When should I NOT get a massage?
Some conditions may require the therapist to adapt the techniques used or avoid an area. It is better to err on the side of caution.
+ Conditions with Absolute Contraindications (can NOT receive massage)
Autoimmune diseases or acute inflammatory processes during exacerbation period (or flare-up)
Cholecystitis (during flare-up)
Cirrhosis of the liver (if due to viral agent)
Contact dermatitis (if widespread area is involved)
Diarrhea (if due to infection)
Gallstones (if during a gallbladder attack)
Hepatitis (during acute phase)
Hives (during acute phase)
Hypertension (if not controlled by diet, exercise, and/or medication)
Infectious diseases (many are contained in this list)
Laryngitis (if caused by infectious agent)
Lupus (during a flare-up)
Migraine headache (during the episode)
Multiple sclerosis (during flare-up)
Pancreatitis (if acute pancreatitis)
Pericarditis (around heart)
Pharyngitis (if due to infection)
Pleurisy (if caused by infectious agent) lining of lungs-fluid
Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac (if widespread absolute contraindication)
Pneumonia (during acute phase) fluid in lungs
Preeclampsia – high blood pressure during pregnancy
Psychiatric diagnoses of manic depressive psychosis, schizophrenic psychosis, and paranoid conditions
Pyelonephritis – kidney tissues
Recent injury (wait 72 hours or until medical clearance is given)
Recent surgery (until medical clearance is given)
Respiratory distress syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis (during flare-up)
Scleroderma (during flare-up) cutaneous disease
Severe, acute pain
Sickle cell disease (during flare-up)
+ Conditions that require Physician clearance
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery disease
Polycystic kidney disease
+ Will my Massage Therapist keep my information private?
+ What if I get an erection during my massage?
An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, we recommend wearing more fitted underwear during your session, which should provide more support than traditional boxers.
Note: We do NOT offer sensual/sexual massage. If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, the therapist will stop the session immediately. Please refrain from making any sexual comments or actions towards your massage therapist or possible legal actions will be taken.
+ Are there cancellation fees?
+ Should I tip my therapist?
+ Is Massage Therapy a regulated health profession?
+ How do I know I am using the services of a Licensed Massage Therapist?
+ What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
Lower Blood pressure
Reduce Muscle Tension (Pain)
Increase Range of Motion/Flexibility
Decrease Feeling of Anger
Tones Weak Muscles
Releases Fascial Restrictions
Promotes Fracture Healing
Improves Connective Tissue Healing (deep tissue massage)
Manage Low-Back Pain
Enhance Exercise Performance
Relieve Tension Headaches
Ease Symptoms of Depression
Decrease Asthma Attacks
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Reduce Pain of Osteoarthritis
Help with Chronic neck pain
Decrease Migraine Frequency
Lower Joint Replacement Pain
Help Fibromyalgia Pain
Improve Motor Skills
Decrease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
Temper Effects of Dementia
Decrease Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Improve quality of Life in Hospice Care
Reduce Chemotherapy-Related Nausea
Decrease Stress in Cancer Patients
Reduce Scar Tissue
Increase Dopamine/Serotonin Levels (Decrease stress, depression, may also reduce pain)