Benefits Of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of ALL disease is stress-related. Perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high levels of stress. Massage is proven to be the most effective tool for managing stress in our lives, which translates into:
• Decreased Anxiety & Depression
• Relief from Chronic Muscular Pain
• Improved Posture
• Enhanced Sleep Quality
• Improved Concentration
• Increased Circulation
• Boost Immunity & Increase Energy
• Lowers Blood Pressure
• Relief from PMS
• Curb Headaches and Migraines
• Ease the Effects of Cancer Treatments
Regular Bodywork Can
• Reduce medication dependence
• Alleviate Muscular pain
• Improve range of motion
• Increase joint flexibility
• Reduce spasms and cramping
• Relax injured, tired and overused muscles
• Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
• Increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients into tissue and vital organs
• Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
• Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I expect during my first Massage Therapy visit?
As your Massage Therapist, I do require you to fill out a confidential Client Intake Form. Afterward, I will begin by asking you 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. I may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
2. Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.
3. Should I shower before my massage?
A shower or bath is always highly recommended before your massage, especially if you’ve been out in the sun or if you have been exercising or doing strenuous activity prior to your massage. Not only is it good hygiene, it's also good manners. Clean bodies are easier and more pleasant to work on. Unpleasant body odor and/or dirt are very distracting and it makes giving 100% during the massage more challenging. A shower will also help loosen up your muscles to help you receive more benefits from the treatment. Plus, it’s easier to feel confident and relaxed about the massage when you know you’re squeaky-clean!
4. What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique I use in your session, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. I will give you privacy and leave the room to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
5. What do I do during my Massage Therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. Then take some nice deep breaths to help you start to relax. If I would like you to adjust your position, I 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; 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.
6. How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. I generally use a form of Swedish massage to start out the session, which is often a baseline for practitioners. Your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, deep pressure will be applied to target specific areas and relieve muscular tension and trigger points. Often, a light oil or 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 I can use another approach or technique.
7. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
I do use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have a sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to my attention as I do have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
8. 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 confidential Client Intake Form before you begin your first session. I will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform me 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. At times I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
9. How long will a massage treatment last?
Ninety-five percent of my clients receive 90-minute sessions for optimal relaxation and to address specific areas of pain or tension. This has become my baseline session that I offer. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
10. What if I fall asleep?
It is not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the table during a massage. The warmth and release of tension will relax them right to sleep – especially after a long day at work.
11. Is it OK to talk during my session?
That is totally up to you. I will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. I have learned that some people relax by talking, others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk to not. Often times people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the message goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.
13. How often should I come?
Personally, I believe everyone should receive a massage every 4-6 weeks. For people who want to make massage part of their healthy lifestyle, I recommend a massage once a month. For people with acute issues, I recommend more frequent sessions. If you do decide to become a regular client please ask about our discounted series packages.
14. Am I supposed to tip?
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of my clients do tip, some do not. You will get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. Tips are never required but always appreciated. One of the best ways to “tip” me is to refer your friends and family to me for massage or energy work!
15. Do your hands ever get tired?
Rarely. I think that the question behind this really is: “Will you be able to give me a good massage if I am your last client of the day?”. The answer is yes. One of the ways that I’ve been able to stay in this profession for 19 years is to not over-book myself. I leave plenty of time in-between clients – both to give them time to sit and relax before driving home and to give myself time to clean the room and prepare for my next client.
16. What type of massage do you do?
My main focus now is on treating acute and chronic muscular disfunctions and relaxation massage. Stress has one of the worst effects on our bodies, and massage is an excellent way to help reduce those stress levels and help the body heal itself. For specific techniques that I’ve studied, please visit my Modalities Page.
12. How will I feel after the Massage Therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed and gain freedom from long-term aches and pains that developed from tension, injuries 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. Sometimes a deep massage can cause some inflammation. You can ice areas of inflammation for up to 20 minutes at a time for a day or two until the soreness subsides. I also recommend a hot Epsom salt bath with baking soda. This encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment and ease any post muscular pain from deep work.