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Facts & Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are a number of facts and frequently asked questions about our business. Please feel free to browse through them. Just click on the title to expand that section.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Massage is the intentional and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing. Joint movements and stretching are commonly performed as part of massage. (Tappan, Frances M., Benjamin, Patricia J. Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques Classic, Holistic, and Emerging Methods. Third edition. Stamford, CT: Appleton & Lange, 1998.)

Massage and bodywork is one of the oldest forms of healing. It has been used since ancient times to enhance healing and general well-being in every culture throughout the world.

There are a vast and varying number of modalities and techniques that a therapist may be specifically trained or certified in. Don’t be hesitant to inquire about or request an explanation of a particular kind of bodywork or massage a therapist may use or advertise for and how it may benefit you or a particular condition.

Although massage can be a relaxing and enjoyable treat for you or as a gift for someone you know, gone are the days that it is only considered pampering or an indulgent luxury for the well to do!

A growing body of scientific study and research has documented an increasing number of health benefits from receiving massage and bodywork. It is an effective tool for a variety of health and medical conditions and a valuable ally in your healthcare regimen.

  • Relax Muscles
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Increase Range of Motion
  • Increase Circulation
  • Relieve Stress
  • Encourage Relaxation
  • Speeds Injury Recovery
  • Strengthen Immune System
  • Manage Pain of Chronic Conditions (for example)
    • Low Back Pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Arthritis
    • Migraines
    • Carpal Tunnel
    • Tendonitis
    • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint/Jaw Pain
  • Increase Digestive System Function
  • Reduce Anxiety & Depression Levels
  • Lower Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
  • Relieve Nerve Impingements/Entrapments
  • Promote More Restful Sleep
  • Relieve Headaches
  • Improve Posture
  • Promote Deeper/Easier Breathing
  • Increase Energy Levels
  • Increase Lymph Flow
  • Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation/Decreasing Adhesions & Swelling
  • Alleviate Pre & Perinatal Symptoms
  • Releases Endorphins-The Bodies Natural Painkiller
  • May Decrease Cortisol Levels-Mood Altering Hormone
  • Helpful in Hospice or Terminally Ill Situations (patient, family, caregivers)
  • Reduce Myofascial Pai
  • Promote Healthy Growth in Premature Infants
  • Improve Concentration

This is not an exhaustive list. The benefits are almost endless. If you have a question about a symptom or condition and whether massage or bodywork may be helpful or contraindicated, call your therapist and talk it over. Also, discuss with your physician whether massage may or may not be appropriate for your specific needs, and if so if they will refer you.

Upon your arrival, your massage therapist will have you fill out a brief health form. You may also print and fill out your health form from our website and bring it with to your appointment. You and your therapist will then discuss the reason for your visit, answer any questions you may have, as well as review any referring practitioner’s recommendations. It is very important that you inform your practitioner of any health problems, medications you are taking or if you are under a doctor’s care as there are certain medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable.

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. Soft, relaxing music will be playing. However, this is your personalized session, so if you prefer to not have music playing or a particular kind of music you enjoy, don’t be afraid to make that request. You will lie on a warm, padded table designed for stability and comfort.

No. Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with client unclothed; however, there are some who are more comfortable leaving their underwear on. Either choice is perfectly fine. What is most imperative is that you are comfortable at all times.

You will be left to privately undress to your comfort level and lie on a warmed massage table. It will be dressed with clean linens and blanket to cover yourself with.

Your therapist will knock before entering to ensure you are prepared and ready to begin your session.

You will be properly draped at all times to respect your modesty as well as keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. If the temperature in the room needs to be adjusted for you, please say so.

Massage on healthy tissue feels very good. Try to make yourself present, breath deeply and relax.

A gentle but firm pressure is used to begin to warm and relax the superficial tissues, preparing them for deeper work as the body allows.

Communication with your therapist is very important here. If the pressure is too much, you must say so. Their feelings will not be hurt. They want to do the most effective work but only within your tolerance level. “No pain, no gain” is not true for massage and bodywork. As your tissues relax and release tension, your therapist will be able to gradually increase pressure to work deeper tissues.

Working on an area of injury or chronic pain may case some discomfort initially, but should lessen in a short time. Always alert your therapist if this pressure is too much so they can adjust.

A lotion, cream or ointment may be used to create a glide and decrease pulling on your skin. If you have skin sensitivities to particular kinds of products, alert your therapist.

One-hour sessions are the most common in duration. This allows time for a full body massage with enough time for more focused and in-depth work on a particular area, like neck, low back or shoulders.

A half-hour is a great way to introduce massage into your health care regimen. This is the good amount of time to work on a specific area you may be having trouble with, like neck and shoulders or legs and feet.

An hour and a half is a perfect opportunity to get in a full body massage, allow you to fully relax and still have time to address the problematic areas.

Make yourself comfortable. Breathe deeply. Your therapist may reposition an arm, for example, to work on it more effectively or ask you to. Otherwise, adjust your position as you need to remain comfortable.

Some people like to talk during their massage while others like to close their eyes and remain silent and relax completely. Again, it is your session, so do what feels best and allows you to be at ease and relaxed.

Most people feel very relaxed. Give yourself a moment or so to enjoy what has just taken place and reorient before slowly getting up and redressing. After the initial deep feeling of relaxation, people often experience an increase in energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity. Many experience freedom from or a decrease in the aches and pains that have accumulated over the past months of tension or repetitive activities.

Who we are is an accumulation of a lifetime of both good and bad habits. So even though you may feel a great deal better, if it is a chronic problem you are having addressed, it may take some time before your symptoms are completely gone or adequately managed. Be patient with yourself. If the problem did not occur overnight, it will likely not be gone overnight. It is also not uncommon to discover that the area of complaint isn’t always where the problem is originating. Try to remember that healing is a process, not an event.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns in the hours, days, weeks or even months following your massage(s), please feel encouraged and welcome to call and visit about them.

Talk it over with your therapist. Every body and situation is different and the factors that that guide this decision vary. Age, activity level/exercise, stress level, whether your health concern is chronic or acute, your budget and how you prioritize your time to incorporate a wellness regimen; all play a role in this decision.

Once your symptoms are gone or managed, the general rule of thumb for maintaining the benefits and enjoying the freedom you have acquired, is every four to six weeks. Your body will begin to let you know when it’s time. Just ask anyone you know who receives massage therapy on a regular basis. They know when their appointment is coming up.

Think of your body like your car… it is a great deal less time consuming and exponentially more cost effective to have and oil change and tune up on a regular basis than it is to wait until the engine blows up to administer any care or maintenance to your vehicle. And, it will sure last you a heck of a lot longer!

The human body works the same way.

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