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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of massage would best suit me and my needs? The type of massage each individual client would benefit from varies. For pain management I would recommend working into a Deep tissue massage. Sometimes you need to start with a lighter massage at first, then as your body gets used to the pressure we can do a deeper massage for you. For relaxation the Hot Rock massage works wonders to melt the tension away. While Reflexology is often a great way to be introduced to massage while still being fully clothed.

What should I expect when I come to receive a massage? After filling out a brief medical history and discussing your needs with me I will step out of the room for your privacy, while you undress to your comfort level and relax on the table with the sheet covering you. During the massage you will always be modesty draped, I only uncover the area I am currently massaging. You get to relax and enjoy your treatment worries free. When the treatment is finished I will step out again allowing you to dress. Afterwards, we can discuss stretches if need be and create a plan to enhance your health. All services I provide are professional and NOT erotic in any way!

Do I have to undress completely for my treatment? For the massages and spa treatments I ask everyone to undress to their level of comfort. If you are comfortable with your undergarments on, then that is perfect. If being nude under the sheet is comfortable then that is perfect as well. If you are receiving an hour of Reflexology then being fully clothed is recommended because the hands and feet will be the area worked on.

How often should I receive a massage? I usually recommend to clients that are working on a problem (over stressed, knots or pain in a specific area) to start with once a week for about a month. At the end of the month, we can evaluate how you are feeling and how fast your body is reacting and changing due to the treatments. As you begin to improve you are then able to move to one treatment every two weeks for about two months. Once your body is feeling balanced and is free of daily pain and discomfort you are ready to move into the maintenance treatments (meaning you are in no pain and are receiving preventative treatments).

A common standard with massage, for a maintenance treatment, is about once a month. It is important however to keep in mind that everyone's body is different, your stress levels are different and how you manage that stress is different. So what works for one client may not work for you.The most important thing for each client to do is to LISTEN to your body. It will tell you when it is time, it will complain in many different ways for example as pain in the shoulders, a headache, tightness in your back or as a "hitch in your get-up".

Many of us have learned over the years to ignore the pain, to ignore what your body is so desperately trying to tell you it needs.The challenge is to take in a deep breath of air, focus your attention on your body, and scan it mentally for tightness, pain or discomfort. Move your shoulders in circles, tilt your head side to side, lift your legs in a high marching position... how do they feel, heavy, tight, sore, painful... LISTEN. If your body is complaining then it is time for your next massage!

Benefits of Massage

Therapeutic massage provides a number of health and wellness related benefits. These benefits are delivered in a natural and safe non-invasive method and thus, do not carry the harmful side effects associated with prescribed medications and the many invasive medical procedures used today.

Therapeutic massage is wonderful at enhancing and increasing a number of beneficial processes and functions within the human body.

Massage enhances:

  • ones state of well being
  • soft tissue healing

Massage increases:

  • flexibility & range of motion
  • muscle tone
  • blood flow
  • dopamine & serotonin levels
  • lymphatic fluid flow & drainage
  • relaxation
  • stimulation of the immune system

Similarly, therapeutic massage is extremely effective at reducing and often eliminating a number of uncomfortable and restrictive symptoms and conditions.

Massage reduces:

  • constipation
  • cortisol levels
  • depression
  • emotional stress
  • joint stiffness
  • muscular tension
  • pain
  • scar tissue formation
  • soft tissue knots and trigger points