Q & A

Some common questions about massage therapy and bodyworks are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your quality of life through massage and other therapy treatments.

What Will Massage Do For Me?

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The  benefits of massage therapy are general relaxation, relief of stress and muscular tension and improvement of circulation.

How should I prepare for a massage therapy treatment?

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Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy disrobing and access to areas. Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit. Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest. Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How long will a massage treatment last?

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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 optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

How safe is massage therapy?

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Massage Therapy is extremely safe. Massage is a natural, drug free, low impact way of helping the body unleash its own healing potential.

 

Do I have to take my clothes off?

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Because many people have some level of apprehension about their body type, size or condition, having a suitable answer to this question is important. Most massage sessions are performed with a client disrobed either entirely or partially to access the skin directly. The client is left to disrobe in privacy and is adequately draped at all times once on the massage table. Only the body part being massaged is exposed.

Corporate or chair massage sessions typically do not require disrobing.

How will I feel during the session?

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How a client feels during the massage is subjective to the goals for the session and the type of massage you are receiving. Dim lighting, soothing music and the skilled hands of the therapist are utilized together to enhance deep relaxation to release muscle tension and pain allowing the client to feel as if she is in a semi-sleep state–comfortably aware of what’s happening around you–yet totally relaxed.

Is a massage always appropriate?

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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.

I have some health conditions, is it okay for me to get a massage?

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You to fill out a health history form. Afterwards, Amy will begin by asking you general questions to figure out what areas you would like worked on, whether there are any conditions that need to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.

Where will my massage session take place?

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Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

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Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions available.

What can Massage Therapy Help?

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  • asthma
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • buergers’ disease
  • bursitis
  • cancer
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • chronic edema
  • chronic pain
  • contractures
  • cramps
  • depression/grieving process
  • degenerative disc disease
  • diabetes
  • digestive complaints/ constipation
  • dislocation
  • edema
  • fibromyalgia/ chronic fatigue
  • fibrositic breast pain, breast injuries, congestion and swelling
  • fibrositis and fibrosis
  • foot/plantar fasciitis/ples planus – flat foot fractures
  • frozen shoulder
  • gout
  • headache fibrositic/ migraine
  • hemiplegia
  • herniated disc
  • hypertension
  • iliotibial band contracture
  • insomnia
  • jaw pain/TMJ
  • knee injury
  • low Back Pain
  • lymphatic disorders
  • mesothelioma
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscle spasms/ strain rehabilitation
  • muscular dystrophy
  • neck pain/ torticollis
  • neuralgia / neuritis
  • osteoarthritis/ rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • paralysis
  • parkinsons
  • pes planus
  • plantar fasciitis
  • poliomyelitis & post polio syndrome
  • postural disorders / scoliosis
  • pregnancy discomforts/ pre and post natal
  • pre / post-surgical and post-injury rehabilitation
  • period pain/ dysmenorrhoea/ dysmenorrhea
  • prevention/ lessening of fibrosis raynaud’s disease
  • relaxation
  • relief of pain
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • respiratory problems (such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema)
  • scars
  • sciatica/ neuralgia spastic paralysis
  • sports injuries
  • sprains/strains / ligament and joint athletic injuries
  • stiff joints
  • stress related disorders
  • tendonitis/ bursitis/neuritis
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • whiplash disorders WAD