Restoring balance one massage at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get a massage?
There are many factors that go into that question. Some of them are: What are your goals? Are you looking for relief of a chronic issue or an acute injury? How long has the issue been present? How well does your body respond to the treatment and heal itself? In the beginning, more frequent sessions are recommended as the effects are cumulative. Some of our clients come in once a week, some come in every other week, others every 3-4 weeks. All of them recognize the importance of self-care, and the health benefits that they enjoy from receiving massage on a regular basis.
How long of a session should I book?
Again, this answer varies. It depends on what type of work you are looking for. If you want a full body deep tissue massage, you will need 60-90 minutes. If you are looking for very specific work, like one shoulder, we may be able to address that in 30 minutes. If there are multiple areas of pain and tension, longer sessions would be best suited for you.
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 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. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
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 probably will want to increase the amount you drink, unless you are on water restriction for medical reasons. I recommend increasing your water intake to about 1 ounce for every two pounds of body weight during the first 24-48 hours after your massage. Lactic acid, also known as metabolic waste, builds up in your muscles. Massage helps displace this lactic acid, and by drinking plenty of water you will aid in flushing it out of your muscles and further out of your body. Furthermore, you need to make sure your liver and kidneys are hydrated well enough to properly do their jobs as normal, but also to handle all the extra trash that will be thrown at them. Muscles are primarily made up of water and need proper hydration for comfort, healthy cell regeneration and optimal range of motion. This means comfort for you, so drink up!
Will I be sore after my massage?
Possibly, but not necessarily. It is very important for you to let me know if I am using too much pressure at any time. I 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 might be painful, but even that should be within a good tolerance level… think “good hurt” vs. “bad hurt”. 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 a massage. That feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is key to getting your best massage.
Do I need to get undressed?
You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed. If you are not comfortable getting undressed at all, we have techniques that can be used through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level.
Is it OK to talk during my session?
That is totally up to you. We will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. We have learned that some people relax by talking; others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk or not. Often times people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the massage goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance, and require sessions to be paid for at the time of your massage session. We can however, provide you with a detailed receipt, with applicable treatment codes, so you may submit a claim to your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider as some of our clients are able to pay for their treatments with a health savings or flexible spending account.
What if I’m ticklish?
We’ve worked with many people who are ticklish. We can vary the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage strokes so that you won’t feel tickled. If you do, inform your therapist so they can alter their approach to accommodate you.
Am I supposed to tip?
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of our clients do tip, some do not. You will get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. Tips are never required, but always appreciated. One of the best ways to “tip” your therapist is to refer your friends and family to us for a massage!
Do your hands ever get tired?
Rarely. I think that the question behind this really is: “Will you be able to give me a good massage if I am your last client of the day?” The answer is yes. One of the ways that we’ve been able to stay in this profession is to not over-book our therapists. We leave plenty of time between clients – both to give them time to sit and relax before driving home and to give myself time to clean the room, rest and prepare for my next client.