What are some of the benefits of massage?

Decreases toxins, increases circulation, promotes relaxation and stress reduction, improves posture and joint flexibility, decrease blood pressure, promotes deeper and easier breathing, strengthens immune system, helps recovery pre and post workout, relieves pain and tension associated with headaches and migraines, helps to decrease anxiety and depression, improves the ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, helps with pre and postnatal care.


What should I expect during my first visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a one page health history form. Afterwards the therapist will 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 massage technique is best for you. Always let your massage therapist know how you feel during and after the session, so he or she can adjust the massage as needed.


What do I wear during my massage session?

For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist 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 should I wear to my massage session?

Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. If you want to bring a change of clothes for after the massage, please feel free to do so.


Should I shower before my session?

If you have been exercising or doing a strenuous activity, it is wise to shower before receiving your massage.


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 maximum results. Always allow relaxation time before and after your session.


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. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.


How will I feel after the massage session?
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.


Will I be sore after my massage?

It is very important to let your massage therapist know if they are using too much pressure at any time during the session. We don’t operate under the “no pain – no gain” theory, so please don’t “take” the pressure or pain thinking that it is supposed to be that way. Sometimes working with an injured area may be painful, but even then it should be within a good tolerance level. If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after your massage session, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Communicating with your massage therapist is key to getting the best possible massage specific to you.


Why should I drink water after a massage?

Lactic acid is a byproduct of your body’s use of oxygen and nutrients. During a massage, the lactic acid is pushed from your muscle into your blood stream. Water helps flush your system of anything released during a massage.


How much water should I drink?

The best way to tell if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If it is clear and odor free, you are drinking enough. If it has a strong odor and color, then you will want to increase the amount of water you drink, unless you are on water restriction for medical reasons.


How long do the effects of massage last? How often should I receive massage?

The duration of the effects of a massage vary greatly from person to person depending on your physical and mental condition, activities, ability to relax, and ability to heal. If you are receiving massage to help heal an injury or to get rid of chronic pain, you usually need to receive weekly or biweekly massages until you reach that goal.

If you are receiving massage for prevention, health maintenance, or just to feel better, you have more leeway in how often you receive massage. The effects of regular massage are cumulative. A massage every week or two can make a big difference in your overall health and tension levels. Even a monthly massage is beneficial. Make regular massage part of your health maintenance program (along with good nutrition and exercise), and you’ll feel rejuvenated. The initial problem that may have brought you to us will most likely improve as well as stay away with regular massage.


Is massage therapy safe for people living with cancer?

It’s critical for people with cancer to consult their physicians before undergoing massage therapy. Essentially yes! According to the American Cancer Society, massage is one of the best ways to bring comfort and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Massage is a natural way to help one relax and cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and nausea, and is therefore a proactive way for cancer patients to help themselves before, during, and after treatment.


Should I make an appointment?

Appointments are highly recommended in order to get the day and time you would like. However, at times we do have openings in the schedule, so you can always call the same day if you decide to come in at the last minute. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Does insurance cover massage therapy?

We are happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Many of our clients find that a percentage of their massage is covered when medically referred, please check with your health insurance company for details.

Another option is to see if your insurance offers a health savings account or medical savings plan (such as Med-Flex), which allows pre-tax dollars to be set aside for elective therapeutic/medical services.


Am I supposed to tip? And what amount is appropriate?

Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of our clients do tip, some do not. Either way, you will get the same level of excellent service whether or not you tip. Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. Massage is considered a service industry, similar to hair salons and restaurants. If you would like to tip your therapist, 10 to 20 percent of the service you received is customary. However, one of the best ways to “tip” us is to refer your friends and family so they too can work towards a healthier future.