Frequently Asked Questions

Regular therapeutic massage has been shown to:

  • improve circulation
  • provide stress reduction
  • decrease blood pressure
  • increase vitality
  • quicken recovery times
  • improve range of motion in joints
  • relieve muscle tension
  • reduce pain and edema
  • aid in soft tissue healing

What will my first session be like?

Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out a client intake form with basic contact and
health information. This form will be kept confidential as per all current medical privacy
acts.  When we have discussed your goals for the session and answered any
questions you may have, I will leave the room to allow you to disrobe and get
comfortable on the massage table.  Most clients disrobe completely for their massage,
some leave on undergarments, but all clients are encouraged to do what makes them
most comfortable.

During the session, I will work on one section of your body at a time (i.e. back, legs,
arms, shoulders and neck) while the rest will remain draped with sheet and blanket.  
Please communicate with me promptly if you experience any discomfort or have any
concerns.  When the massage is over, I will leave the room so you can take your time
getting dressed.  

Massage can be very relaxing.  Please take the time to become alert before leaving
the office.  If any specific treatment work - like deep tissue - was performed, you may
feel some localized soreness the next day.  Water will help flush toxins out of your
muscles to help reduce any tenderness and you are encouraged to hydrate before
and after receiving massage.

Will it hurt?

Contrary to what some may offer, massage therapy should not cause reactive pain.  I
believe  pain is the body's way of saying "Stop that!".  In general, healthy tissue does
not hurt while massaged.  Areas that are causing you pain or tenderness can be
treated, even deeply, with pressure increased gradually and within your level of
tolerance. My regular client's have a shorthand for this: "good ow" and "bad ow". Clear,
informed communication is essential before and during the session.

Can I still get a massage if I am sick?

Massage is generally contraindicated when a person is ill.  For your health, my health,
and that of other clients, I ask that you reschedule if you feel sick.

How often should I get a massage?

There is no "correct" schedule.  Many factors will effect your time line: general health,
injuries, stress levels and of course, financial considerations.  We will discuss how and
when massage can best benefit your current life style and coordinate an appropriate
schedule for you.