If you’re new to massage therapy, chances are you’ve got some questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked about massage therapy. Need more? Contact me.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a recognized health care option that positively contributes to one’s general health and wellness and also works the body’s soft tissue to help relieve pain and stiffness associated with stress, tension, injury and other conditions. It brings many benefits to our muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments—in terms of managing, pain, injury, stress and tension levels.
Is massage therapy just for relaxation?
While it is great way to promote relaxation, massage therapy is so much more. Massage helps manage pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, decrease muscle tension, ease breathing difficulties, lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, improve mobility, promote sleep, manage anxiety & depression and helps improve your overall wellness.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Regular massage therapy provides some pretty amazing benefits. Massage therapy from a Licensed Massage Therapist can help with everything from injury, muscle tension, chronic pain and stress, to posture, high blood pressure and sleep issues—as well as providing an hour of blissful relaxation. Massage therapy is a great way to help enhance both your mental and physical well being as well as positively contribute to your general health and wellness.
What can I expect at my first massage?
At your first massage, you’ll complete a health history form and address any of your concerns and goals with your massage therapist. Once the treatment has been determined, I will leave the room to allow you the privacy to get onto the table and make yourself comfortable. Before re-entering the room to begin the treatment, I will knock on the door. To learn more about what to expect at your first massage, click here.
How often should I get a massage?
Depending on your preventative and maintenance needs, one massage per month is the recommended frequency. If your specific condition or needs demand it, I will design a customized treatment plan which may involve more or less frequent massages. Athletes or more active individuals typically require massage more often.
Can I get a massage if I am already in pain?
With the appropriate pressure, massage can have a direct effect on the circulatory system, which helps reduce inflammation and helps relieve pain. You are encouraged to communicate your pain/comfort level at any time during your massage.
Will I experience muscle soreness after my massage?
There is a strong misconception that in order for massage to work it should be painful or cause soreness. This is simply untrue. A great therapist will communicate with you and read your response to their touch in order to achieve the appropriate pressure. Heavy or deep pressure is not always best for improving soft tissue quality. The good news? Many people enjoy post-massage heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.
How long is a massage?
Massages typically last for 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 2 hours. Shorter sessions are available as well such as the 30 minute spot treatment. Your consultation and dress/redress time does not take away from your full 60, 90 or 120 minutes on the table.
Do I have to take off all of my clothes?
No. You can receive an effective, therapeutic massage regardless of what clothing (if any) you choose to remove. Your comfort and ability to relax is a top priority. It enables me to deliver effective massage therapy as well as make you feel at ease. I make sure the fresh sheet on the massage table always drapes you and ensures your privacy. If at any time you feel uncomfortable due to pain, treatment or draping, please let me know. Before and after the massage, you will be able undress and dress in complete privacy.
For some sports massage athletic attire is recommended.
Do you offer massage gift cards?
A:Yes we do! A massage is a great way to show someone how much you care. Gift vouchers can be purchased online or in office after your appointment