Addressing frequently asked questions about Massage Therapy

What does a massage session involve?

A) An initial interview:

A confidential health history will be taken and reviewed with the therapist.
An assessment of your current concerns and physical condition will be addressed.
A treatment plan based on your needs and goals will be determined

B) During the treatment session, you will be:

– In complete control of the treatment process with the right to redirect or stop the treatment for any reason at any time.
– May remove as little or as much clothing as you feel comfortable removing.
– Fully draped during the treatment except the part of the body being massaged, which will be uncovered.
– Instructed on how to safely position themselves on the table.
– Provided with sheets and a blanket for their privacy and comfort.
– Left alone in the room and given ample time to disrobe and get onto the table.

How long is a massage session?

It depends on what areas you want treated, if you have a problem area to be focused on, and how severe the problem is. With the information gathered during the interview and assessment, we can make a recommendation of anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, but typically a session is 60 minutes.

What do I wear (or not wear)?

Whatever you want or don’t want! You will always be draped with a sheet, and the only part of your body that is exposed are the areas you and your therapist have agreed to work upon – and even then, these areas are undraped only one at a time.

Still not sure? Most people leave their underpants on.

What conditions or ailments can massage therapy help with?

  • Pregnancy discomfort
  • Sports injuries
  • fibromyalgia
  • scar mobilization
  • constipation
  • breast pain
  • strains/sprains
  • tendonitis
  • sciatica
  • postural conditions
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back/neck/arm/leg/foot pain
  • tension headaches

Keep in mind that “help” doesn’t always mean “cure”, as there are some conditions for which there is no known cure, and massage is used for pain relief and release of muscle tension that comes with stress and chronic pain.

Are there risks or side effects to massage?

There absolutely can be! This is why it is so important to complete the health history form to the best of your ability. For example: if you have high blood pressure and your therapist put a heating pad on your back for 20 minutes or so, your BP readings could get sent to the roof! The result would be dizziness, sweating, and faintness. If you have low blood pressure to begin with it could be temporarily reduced even further with massage, which, once you sat or stood up, could also result in dizziness and fainting.

How often should I come for massage?

Again, it depends on what your condition is, and what your goals are. Every situation is individual and should be discussed with your therapist.

Does massage therapy hurt?

If you are coming for pain relief, you can expect to feel some as the area is addressed. Regardless, your therapist should do their best to work within your pain tolerance, and communication is key. Sometimes you may feel a little stiff the next day, but it should just feel like you had an exercise workout.

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