Frequently Asked Questions

Does a good massage do more than just relax your muscles?

Yes, researchers sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that a single session of massage caused biological changes. Read The New York Times article Regimens: Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

I have a basic health history form for you to fill out when you arrive. I will then 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 what kind of 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.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a beautiful, warm, comfortable, quiet room filled with original art work. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

What do I wear during the massage?

Your comfort level is what is most important.  Most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. I 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.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If I need to position you, I will either move you or will ask you to move . 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.

How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques I use.  Swedish massage 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. I have advanced training in neuromuscular trigger point therapy, Russian, Sports, deep tissue and myofascial release .   Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that I can use another approach or technique.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

I use high quality hypoallergenic massage oils lotions and gels. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please tell me so I can select something that will work for you.

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 and before you begin your 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.

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.

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. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

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