- What can I expect during my first session?
Your massage therapist will ask about your reasons for getting massage, your current physical condition, medical history, stress level, any areas of pain, etc. So don’t worry – if you pay for an hour massage you get an hour of “hands on time”!
- How much do I need to undress?
For many types of massage, some degree of disrobing is required. However, there are body work methods such as Thai Massage and Reiki that do not require any removal of clothing. For the more customary massage, you’ll be asked to undress in private (underwear is left on or off, at your discretion): then you’ll lie down on a comfortable padded massage table under a sheet. Only the part of the body being worked will be uncovered, and your modesty is respected.
- Who can benefit from massage?
Young, old, professionals, pregnant women, those who do hard labor, moms, dads, athletes, nurses, counselors, teachers; anyone except those with medical contraindications. An experienced massage therapist will be able to tell you when massage would not be appropriate and/or when a physician’s approval may be necessary.
- If I get a massage of pain or injury, will insurance cover it?
If a physician prescribes it, insurance will sometimes cover it. It depends on the company and the policy. Check with your insurance provider; we can provide documentation if needed. Payment is required at the time of your massage and then you would submit the bill to your provider for reimbursement.
- How often should I get massage?
The frequency of appointments depends on the goals of the session, the severity of a clinet’s condition, and financial and time considerations. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. As with most treatment programs, one session is usually inadeqate to correct a long standing condition. In general, improvement should be noticeable after 3 sessions.
- What do I do during the massage?
The client is encouraged to be as receptive and open to the process as possible. aside from expressing your preferences and needs (e.g. regarding pressure, room temperature, music volume) talking is best kept to a minimum when you are getting a relaxing type of massage. Work on a particular problem will require more client/therapist communication. The therapist will provide information, including when and how to turn over, how best to relax with breathing, and/or how to report trigger points and their dissipation.
- Is it ok to tip your massage therapist?
Yes. We do not expect nor reject this expression of gratitude.
- What should I do after the massage?
It is ideal if you can have some quiet time following the massage to savor the experience. Drink a lot of water for several days after your massage. It will help flush the cellular waste sent into your system form the bodywork. Your massage therapist may suggest application of heat, ice or some combination as well as demonstrate stretches or make other recommendations regarding follow-up.
- Do you have gift certificates?
Absolutely. You can purchase gift certificates for a specific amount of time or particular spa treatment or simply by dollar amount for the recipient to choose their type of massage.