Massage Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Should I Expect During A Massage Or Bodywork Session

Your session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. After the therapist has left the room, undress to your comfort level, remove all jewelry and lie down on the table under the sheet. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

The therapist will knock before re-entering the room. Lotion, oil or cream will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. Please make sure to alert the therapist of any skin allergies before your session begins.

In general, your session may start with rocking and broad, flowing strokes which help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased.  You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort.

One of the main goals of massage is to assist you in relaxing. Feel free to ask the therapist questions about what's taking place in the massage, but try to close your eyes, relax and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the session.

What are the benefits of massage?

Our special techniques, developed through years of study and practice, reduce pain caused by tight muscles, whisk away stress and help to eliminate pent-up frustration.

Ongoing massage can help with many conditions, including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Upper and Lower Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Moodiness and Short Temper
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Relaxation
  • Sore Legs/Butt/Feet/Hands
  • Overall Muscle Tightness
  • Anxiety

Who benefits from your massages?

Our massages are also indicated for those who are experiencing high stress, or need to calm down prior to taking a test, making a big decision, participating in a sporting event or preparing for a job interview.

Our massages are also a great therapy for those who are seeking an effective weight management tool since massage can decrease cortisol levels and provide an alternative to binge eating.

Our massages also benefit who just need to a little downtime to escape, recharge and unwind!

Who should not get massages?

Massage is not recommended for people who are sick with the common cold, have skin diseases or are carrying a contagious conditions (i.e. chickenpox, tuberculosis). People prone to severe mood swings should not be massaged unless under medical supervision. Extreme caution should be observed for people with certain bone conditions such as Osteoporosis, because they are more frail and prone to injury.

When a person is injured, the area injured is initially avoided completely until adequate healing has occurred. Afterwards, massage can be an excellent way to loosen adhesions, mitigate scar tissue, lengthen contracted muscles and improve range of movement.

Some conditions (like cancer or respiratory ailments) require a doctor's approval before we would massage you. Other conditions warrant avoidance of the specific affected area but allow massage elsewhere on the body.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

A gratuity is an added token of appreciation. If the massage exceeded your expectations then feel free to show your gratuity.  If you want to give your therapist a gratuity and are not certain about an amount, consider using 20% of the total as a general guideline.

The greatest forms of appreciation you can show, however, are the referrals of your coworkers, friends and family. Thank you for your trust!