1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
During your first visit we will begin by asking a few simple questions to help us figure out how we can help you best. In some cases you just want to relax from a hectic week, in others you are searching for relief from aches and pains, in either case we will tailor our treatment to your individual needs. For more detailed information on what to expect if you are suffering from a specific or chronic issue click on our "pain and rehab" button and find your issue listed below, or even better give us a call and let us personally walk you through how we can make you feel better!
2. Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage treatment will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music is often played to help you relax, and we have many different listening options so you get to choose what you enjoy most while you lie on our heated massage table especially designed for your comfort. If you are suffering from TMJ or jaw pain most of the work is done in a comfortable padded chair next to our warm fireplace.
3. What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on your needs most work at our clinic is done fully clothed in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. This allows us not only to get quicker and more effective results making you feel more pain free and better relaxed when you leave, but it also makes many people feel safer and more comfortable.
4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If I need to adjust your position, or need you to try a specific movement to determine which muscles are causing your discomfort I will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
5. How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. In more general massage work the techniques are designed to help you relax more deeply in some cases clients even fall asleep. In more specific work where you are looking for pain relief the techniques still feel amazing as we target the specific muscles that are causing you discomfort, many clients refer to this as "hurts so good." In either case we will check in with you regularly to make sure that the pressure in comfortable and that we are focusing on the areas that will make you feel wonderful.
6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
The crème that I use is hypoallergenic and I have even people with very sensitive skin don't complain of any reaction. With that said, most of the techniques can be adapted so that you can get the same results even without the need for crèmes or lotions.
7. 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. Since I specialize in treating chronic pain I am highly educated on various tests that we can use to determine if massage is appropriate for your specific condition. In some cases I may want to work closely with your doctor to get you the best results possible.
8. How long will a massage treatment last?
I offer 60 minute and 30 minute massage treatments. Most people prefer 60 minute sessions so that we have time to figure out the root of your problem and work towards solving it so you feel relief when you walk out the door. Additionally because we believe that your experience is more than just the time on the table we schedule a few minutes at the end of every session to answer your questions and help you figure out the best course of action to get you the results that you are looking for.
9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel wonderful when they leave the clinic. If you are suffering from chronic pain there is often a sense of physical and even emotional relief as we help you find hope in getting back to the activities you love. While not all long term pain can be changed in a 60 minute session most people even with chronic issues experience better mobility, a sense of better balance and stability, and a decrease in their daily pain. Many people whether they be in pain or not find that they sleep better the night after a massage and that they are better able to manage their stress in the upcoming week.