Frequently Asked Questions – Massage Therapy

What is massage therapy?Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is applying pressing or rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments for therapeutic purposes. I use my hands and fingers to apply pressure, but I may use my forearms and elbows for certain massage techniques. Massage techniques may range from a light touch to deep pressure, but massage therapy should never hurt!

Who gets a massage?

Anybody with a body and who wants to feel good is a perfect candidate for massage! My clients include blue-collar and white collar-workers; business owners; professional, college and high-school athletes; people recovering from surgeries or injuries; stay-at-home parents; retirees; children. Everyone is welcome at my office!

Do I need to undress for massage?

Your personal comfort is of the utmost importance. The best techniques in the world will not be effective if you aren’t relaxed during your session. Please remain as dressed as you would like. I can work with clients who remain fully clothed. If you do choose to undress, you are encouraged to stay within your comfort zone. I will step out of the room while you undress and relax on the massage table. You will always be draped with a sheet and possibly a blanket during your session.  Consider a Wholistic Manual Medicine session if you are truly uncomfortable with undressing.

What should I do during my massage?

Relax! This is your special time set aside just for you. I suggest you turn off your phone and be present in the moment. Breathe deeply. Many clients close their eyes and some drift off to sleep. Some clients may have questions during their session, so feel free to ask. Be sure to communicate your needs. If the room is too cold or too hot, please say so. Pressure is too much or too light? Let me know.

Will my massage hurt?

Massage therapy should never cause pain! You may have heard stories from other people about how a massage hurt them or left them in pain after their session. This shouldn’t happen. Some clients may ask for deeper pressure to relieve their tight muscles. I trust my clients know their bodies and how much pressure they want during the massage. Always communicate with me regarding how much pressure is appropriate for you. Keep in mind that the amount of pressure you ask for on a particular day may be different than the amount of pressure you asked for previously since our bodies change.

How will I feel after a massage?

How you feel after a massage depends on your goals and the techniques used during your session. Most clients report feeling more relaxed, having a better range of motion in their joints, a feeling of lightness, or just simply feeling great. Some (but not many) clients report some soreness. This can occur with a deeper pressure massage, so don’t let me work too deep on your muscles. If the pressure hurts during your massage, please tell me. Soreness can be eliminated or reduced by drinking water. All clients are encouraged to drink extra water for a day after a massage.

How often should I get a massage?

After your massage, you will know how great it feels. So a question for you to consider is: “How often do I want to feel this way?”

What is the difference between a 30-, 60-, 75- or 90-minute massage?

The easiest answer is … well… time! The more time we have together, the more time I can spend working out the tight spots in your muscles. A 30-minute session is used for a spot treatment such as back, neck and shoulders. For a full-body massage, you will need to schedule a 60-minute massage. Consider a 75- or 90-minute massage for a full-body massage with extra time for your trouble areas.

What is your cancellation policy?

Your massage time is reserved exclusively for you. I have a $25 cancellation fee for appointments cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24-hour notice and for no-shows. Exceptions may be made in the event of illness and extreme weather conditions.