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.
What Type of Massage Should I Get?
What Type of Massage Should I Get?
If pampering is the goal, Swedish or Hawaii Lomi Lomi is suggested. Application of professional cremes and oils with the use of longer, rhythmic, open handed or forearm massage strokes. The pressure can be light or firm according to taste but the key is to pace the massage in a way to allow the nervous system to relax. “Hot Spots” that may hurt with specific pressure are less attended to to encourage relaxation. This type of massage can be used as part of “sports massage” to help recovery after an athletic event.
Beneficial for: Stress, Depression, High Blood Pressure
Deep Tissue or Sports Massage:
Sometimes those two phrases are used interchangeably, but often it is requested by a client who wants deeper more specific work on soft tissue areas. If you’re thinking: “I want to feel like I’ve had a good ‘working over’.”, then this is the kind of Bodywork for you. Deep tissue massage is often sought out to ease muscle tension in specific areas, increase mobility or assist sports specific performance. There are a variety of techniques that a practitioner will use massage modalities such as cross fiber friction, trigger point therapy, and neuromuscular therapy. This kind of bodywork can be more intense and include sustained pressure on sore areas. The soft tissue in the groups that counter oppose the areas where the client reports pain will be addressed to encourage balance and mobility.
Especially beneficial for: Chronic or Acute pain, improvement
Mother’s to be have a special appreciation for massage. The female body is changing rapidly to accommodate the baby in it’s journey to life, and special positioning and support is required to be safe and comfortable. Gestation especially during the later months requires positioning the mother to be adjusted and we use special equipment specifically made for the purpose of Pregnancy Massage.
Asian Style Massages:
Acupressure and Shiatsu are respectively chinese and japanese influenced styles of massage based on the belief of specific energy channels or meridians in the body. Most sessions are done fully clothed or pressure is applied through a sheet. It is a flowing series of compressions, gentle rocking of the major joints, some stretching and sustained pressure on strategic points that a therapist will select based upon client goals. Sometimes the use of moxabustion or cupping is incorporated. Intensity of pressure is geared to client request.
Thai Massage “Lazy Man’s Yoga”:
Stretching combined with compression techniques to increase flexibility. Great for opening up some of the large joints of the body such as the hips. If you suffer from sciatica, this is an option we encourage you to explore as many people report relief after a Thai style massage. Fully clothed on a cushioned floor mat.
If you are suffering from: Fibromyalgia, Migranes, TMJ (Tempro mandibular Joint Pain), Frozen Shoulder, Carpal Tunnel or Chronic Lower Back Pain specialized massage can be of great assistance in providing relief. Please contact us for more information.
All of the techniques listed above can help with these conditions, with special focus on:
- Trigger Point Work
- Cross Fiber Friction
Prep work: Many clients prefer to arrive a few minutes early to decompress, relax and tune into how your body feels. Use the restroom, have a beverage and take a few deep breaths.
It’s your time, not ours. A skilled therapist is “tuned in” throughout the session and can detect both signals of relaxation and discomfort. They and can usually apply pressure that is just right for your body. However, we are here provide the most perfect experience possible. If at any time, there is anything we can do to make the session better, please feel very comfortable letting us know. For example might be An adjustment in pressure, music selection or maybe an extra blanket or support pillow are things people commonly request. Exhale, we’ll take care of the rest!
All Bodywork sessions include:
- Choice of music. (Bring your own if you wish)
- Hot towels, so you can redress without fear of clothing damage or discomfort.