Frequent Questions

What is massage therapy?
The term “massage therapy” is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue – muscles, skin, and/ or tendons using the fingertips, hands, fists, and elbows. “Body work” is a term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement, which are used to promote health and healing.

Why should I get a massage?
Almost a quarter of all Americans have received at least one massage in the past year. This number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage for relaxation, rehabilitation, and rejuvenation. Massage is proven to be effective for such a wide range of conditions that physicians often prescribe massage for their patients. Additionally, massage enhances the effectiveness of some forms of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapies.

Massage is much more than simple relaxation. Research has shown it to be effective in:

  • Decreasing and/or relieving pain
  • Improving range of motion
  • Reducing muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Lessening depression, anxiety and stress
  • Relieving migraine pain
  • Promoting tissue regeneration
  • Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Relieving back, neck and hip pain
  • Decreasing fascistic plantar pain
  • Assisting in recovery from muscle sprains/strains, whiplash and tendinitis
  • Preventing chronic reoccurrences of sciatica, fibromyalgia, and arthritis
  • Easing withdrawal symptoms
  • Easing labor, and pre- and postnatal pain
  • Decreasing blood pressure
  • Increasing circulation
  • Decreasing fatigue from cancer treatment
  • And more…

How often should I get a massage?
Budgeting time and money for bodywork is truly an investment in your health. If you are looking for preventative care, receiving massage every 2-4 weeks is recommended. If you have chronic pain and tension, weekly massage treatments would me most beneficial. If you need to come weekly and need help making this work for your budget, we can make it work. Just ask!

What can I expect from my massage session:
Whether you are seeking to unwind from stress, relieve tension or pain, increase range of motion and flexibility or simply maintain your healthy balance, each session with me is designed entirely to suit your needs. Please feel free to communicate with me during your session––whether you’d prefer more or less pressure, an adjustment in room temperature, a change in background music, the addition of aromatherapy oils, or attention paid to a specific area, just say the word. This session is for you, and your comfort is the first priority.

What will happen at my massage session?
Before your first session you will be asked to fill out an intake form. We will discuss any issues you would like addressed and I will answer any questions you may have. I will leave the room and allow you to undress to your level of comfort. Less is best. You can get comfortable on the table, under the sheet. I will enter the room when you are ready and begin the massage. You will remain covered by the sheet for the entire session. I will uncover the area being addressed , re-cover, then move on to the next. After the massage, I will leave the room and wait for you to dress and open the door.

What if I have to cancel my session?
If you have to cancel your session, please notify me as soon as possible. You will be liable for the full amount for sessions canceled with fewer than 4 hours notice. Late arrivals end at the scheduled time.

Will I be sore after the massage?
You will not be sore with Swedish work. However some soreness is possible with deep tissue and neuromuscular massage. I advise increasing your water intake to prevent soreness. If you prefer a lot of pressure, soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath in addition to extra water will help with any soreness you experience. Once the soreness subsides, usually within 36 hours, you will feel great!

Why should I drink extra water after a massage?
Water helps the body flush out materials accumulated in the muscles which are released during massage. Massage stimulates circulation in the body, while expressing water, salt, and other minerals from the muscles. The circulatory system the sweeps away any waste materials. Without proper hydration, these materials could build up, causing aches and soreness.