Frequently asked questions
How should I prepare for my first massage therapy visit with you?
Prior to your visit, we will ask you to fill out a patient intake form that covers your health history and possibly other relevant information. (Click to go to the Forms)
What should I expect during the first visit?
Your therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on and if there are any conditions needing to be addressed. S/he may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints. S/he will at this time rule out if you have any contraindications to massage.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique used, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. Please remember that how you undress is according to your level of comfort.
What do I do during the massage
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he 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. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. Please communicate with your therapist at all times. It is your treatment and your body and we want you to get the most out of your session, giving you the best results.
What is a massage therapy session like?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a calming lotion or oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that your therapist can use another approach or technique.
What should I expect afterward?
Most people feel relief from their pain. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days.
Depending on your treatment, it is common to feel soreness—but not pain—that lasts a day or two. Icing the area can help reduce any discomfort that you may feel. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
How often should I come in for a massage?
The ideal frequency of your massage therapy sessions is based on a treatment plan that we devise at our initial visit. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend treatments to continue as often as two sessions a week or as infrequently as once a month.
We find that clients who need massage therapy for pain relief realize the greatest gains in their healing when they receive regular weekly appointments. We will know it is time to reduce the frequency of your sessions as your symptoms diminish, and as you gain the resources and confidence needed to continue your self-care at home.
As part of your ongoing wellness care, we recommend monthly massage therapy as it has proven to be very beneficial for many people.