Massage Facts, Myths and FAQ’s
“No pain, no gain. If it doesn’t hurt, the massage isn’t doing much to release tension.”
Fiction. Pressure should be satisfying to the client, and a skilled practitioner will use techniques to help a client reach the desired goal of increased mobility and pain relief without inflicting pain. Some forms of fascial release such as Craniosacral work and Myofascial release actually feel pretty gentle and can be very effective.
“Do I have to be naked?”
There are several styles of Massage that are customarily done fully clothed. All sessions respect client modesty, and even with a massage that uses application of creme or oil, the parts of the body that are not being worked on are covered. If you prefer to leave your underwear on, that’s totally fine.
“Is massage covered by insurance?”
Sometimes, and we work with a variety of health care plans. Please contact us for more information. FSA and HSA plans often cover massage therapy. Workman’s Comp claims, and car accident insurance submission are two areas we have worked with successfully.
“Drink lots of water to help flush the body of toxins after a massage.”
Myth. Drinking fluids to stay hydrated is just good common sense, but there is no proof that massage ‘dumps toxins into the bloodstream”. There is a slight increase of lactic acid in blood tests after massage therapy, but nothing that requires exorbitant amounts of water.
“Can I eat before my massage?”
Of course you can, but a big meal might mean belly massage or lying prone on the table is a little less comfortable, so maybe save the buffet table for post bodywork.
“The massage therapist knows best, so I’m no going to say anything if I want more pressure or it feels uncomfortable”
Myth. Bodywork is a team job, and we are here to make the experience the best one possible. You know your body better than anyone. Please express yourself and know that we want you to feel comfortable saying what will make the session better for you.
“How many massages will I need if I’m in pain? Otherwise known as “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
One session probably won’t clear out all of the tension areas that have crept up. In a 90 minute session, figure that your therapist has enough time to do a full body massage geared toward general relaxation and mobility and enough time to thoroughly focus on breaking up congested tissue in one tension area. If you can, try to get a few massages close together if you can when working toward a specific goal. Please seek the advice a doctor or medical professional if there are any concerns.
“How often should I get a massage?”
It’s up to you. We’ll never pressure you to set up an appointment. Many people report great benefits having massages on a regular basis. If it’s something you can do en if you can get on a monthly or semi monthly program, your body will thank you for it in years to come.