Chronic & Acute Pain Management
Frequently Asked Questions
Must I be completely undressed during the massage session?
We always tell our clients to undress to their comfort level. Some of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while others prefer to wear their undergarment. Some clients will bring gym shorts to wear during their massage. You will undress in the privacy of the massage room, and you will be covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage.
Will I be covered during the massage session?
You will be properly draped at all timed during your massage to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What do I do during the massage session?
Some clients just want to close their eyes and relax, and some clients like to talk. It's completely up to you. It's your time. The therapist will take their cue from you.
How long will my massage session last?
We offer thirty minute sessions, one hour sessions, and ninety minute sessions. We tailor every session for each client. If you want a full body massage, we will recommend a one hour session. Thirty minute sessions are better for "problem areas" (neck and shoulders / low back) Ninety minute sessions are great for working on one problem area and then finishing with a full body to complete the relaxation process. We have clients who want an entire ninety minutes devoted to the back and neck. It's completely up to you.
Deep Tissue Massage...How deep is too deep?
When working at a deeper level (Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Active Myofascia Therapy) We work on a scale of 1-10 comfort level, (1 = no pain 10= excruciating pain.) The therapist will check in with you throughout the duration of the massage based on this scale. A 6 or 7 should be at the top of your comfort level. This level should be a "feel good hurt." You should be able to talk, breath and relax thru the work. If at any time you find that you are holding your breath, gritting your teeth, tensing up your muscles... this is too deep. Tell your therapist to back off. We want to release the tension in the muscle, not cause more tension. There is such a thing as "Too Deep."
Will I be sore after a deep massage?
You may experience some tenderness for a day or two after deeper work - much like a good workout at the gym. Deeper work releases toxins out of the muscles and into the system. We recommend drinking 60-80 ounces of water the day of your session to help flush the toxins out of your system. The most effective and deepest massage works with your body's natural response, not against it!
How many sessions will I need?
Every person is unique, and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. Your therapist will be able to talk to more specifically about this after your first session after she has had a chance to evaluate your body's tissues.
When should I not get a massage?
There are few conditions that prevent you from receiving massage. You should not get a massage if you have fever/cold/flu or a contagious skin infection. With some conditions it is a good idea to get approval from your physician before you receive a massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy)
Should I tip?
This is a question we get asked frequently. Tipping is greatly appreciated, but should never be expected. Tipping is voluntary and should be based on your level of satisfaction with the service you have received. Some clients tip 15% to 20%. Some clients don't tip at all. We appreciate tips, referrals of friends and family, and reviews on our Facebook page, Google, or Yelp, but whether you tip or not, you will always receive the same exceptional service!