About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual’s health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
Massage is defined as the systematic mobilization of the soft tissues of the body through the application of hands or devices for the purpose of therapy, relaxation, or education through means which include:
Scientific study has now proven many of the healing aspects of massage, which some cultures have known for thousands of years. Just a few of the benefits of massage are listed here:
- Stretches superficial tissue
- Assists lymphatic and venous flow
- Helps to break up and loosen subcutaneous scar tissue
- Increases nutrition to the cells and skin
- Increases the red and white blood cell count
- Can help reduce certain types of edema
- Increases respiration to the skin
- Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue
- Relieves joint ache and pain
- Promotes good posture and self-esteem
- Improves tone and texture of the skin
- Assists digestion
- Causes release of natural endorphins and promotes relaxation
Any day is a great time to get a massage! To prevent injury or pain caused by stress, get a massage before these conditions occur. It is a lot easier to keep yourself pain-free with preventative massage than it is to treat the pain after an injury has occurred. Keep in mind that you are much more likely to injure yourself when you are under stress, and that stress is a major factor in an incredible number of disorders of the human body. Regular massage is a great way to cope with the mental and physical stresses of life, and to help keep your body running the way it should. If you have sore muscles or a nagging injury or pain condition, or if you are under a lot of stress, please contact us to see how we can help.
Make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during the session; others prefer to talk. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural for you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what’s needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
Our therapists have several years of rich experience and thousands of hours of training, in a variety of massage styles. To learn more about what the many names you hear really mean, explore our website. If you have a particular type of massage that you are interested in, or a special need (like being pregnant), please be sure to let us know and we will try to match you with the person best suited to meet your needs. Our preference is to customize each session, using whatever techniques work best for you.
You can expect to have your massage in a safe, nurturing environment. You can expect to feel peaceful, totally relaxed and calm afterwards. You can expect to be listened to – you are the one who knows your body. We cannot fix you, since you are not broken. We can assist your body in finding its way to optimal health through stress-relief and relaxation.
There are certain conditions that are contraindications for massage. Following are some of the major ones:
- Any type of infectious disease
- Systemic infections
- Severe cold
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Blood clot
- Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
- High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
- Heart disease
- Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)
Many of the effects of massage are cumulative, adding up over time. Most people who want to make massage a regular part of their health maintenance will get massages every 1 – 6 weeks. Others just come in when they have the time. We never pressure people to come more often than they want – we believe that it is your responsibility to determine your own needs, and we would never want you to feel guilty for coming less often than we recommend.While a single massage as a treat to yourself is wonderful, regular massage (regardless of the frequency) can lead to profound and long-lasting changes. For acute problems, like overwork or muscle spasms, you may want to come weekly or even more often for a series. If you are in pain, you should always feel more relaxed after the massage, although the pain may linger a while. The massage itself, especially if deep, can cause some inflammation. It may be a day or two for this to subside and you to feel better. For chronic problems, general massage may relax you and release the muscular tensions that make it worse. Obviously, massage won’t prevent pain from structural or neurological causes like herniated disks or diabetic neuropathy from returning. But when pain causes us to tense muscles, we begin a pain-spasm cycle gets worse and worse. Massage can help break that cycle. For people with active lifestyles, a massage before or after physical activity (e.g., a workout or a hike) removes toxins from fatigued muscles and re-energizes the body.Some of us are trained to work with postural assessment to help you learn more efficient ways of using your body so as to minimize additional stresses. Most of the studies showing the benefits of massage are done with a regular course of massage over a period of eight weeks or more. While you will get results from a single session, to maximize benefits you may want to make massage a part of your on-going health maintenance. Anywhere from a weekly to even a monthly or every six to eight week treatment can be effective in turning massage into a regular part of your life. If you do decide to become a regular client please ask about our discounted series packages. They are a great way to make your sessions more affordable per treatment.
For relaxation and to work out the day to day aches and pains, massage can have an immediate impact. Everyone coming in stressed or sore should leave feeling better than when they came in. But it is not uncommon to get a massage and still feel the pain or soreness after, or even to feel a bit worse immediately. The effects of the massage may take time to manifest. You may walk out feeling that you still have the issue you came in with but the next day it's resolved.If you come in with acute pain from something like a back spasm or extreme soreness from your first ski session of the year, you may actually get a bit sorer as massage itself can trigger some inflammation. It is like taking Vitamin C once you have a cold – it may help you recover faster, but the cold still needs to run its course.Sometimes you won't notice a significant difference even after a day or more. It could be that you are doing something to re-create, or maintain the problem. Some of the effects of massage are cumulative, and you may find that coming in regularly results in enhanced benefits. Sometimes you will be benefited with a different type of massage, or with someone who can check your body mechanics to see if you may be using your body less efficiently than possible.While we strive to give the best massage every time, sometimes it may take a session or two to really understand what works best for you. We learn more as we get to know you better.
We can work with any age group. Massage can benefit toddlers as well as senior citizens just as much as other age groups. We will often work on very young children who are experiencing stress and tension in their lives. We welcome young athletes as well as people in elder care facilities. With young clients, under 18 years old, we will often require a parent to attend the session as well.
The short-term value of therapeutic massage is relief of pain and increased freedom of movement. Not all bodily aches and limitations are appropriate for treatment with massage therapy, but when therapeutic massage is appropriate it works to help correct imbalances in the skeletal muscles that result in pain and limitation. There are competing theories on how this happens; here are two of them. Muscle tissue that is starved for oxygen supply from blood circulation (referred to as ischemic) releases a constant supply of irritating chemicals that the sensory nervous system interprets as pain. The mechanical pressure of massage therapy opens up these muscle fibers to a proper level of blood supply, ‘washes away’ the noxious chemicals and restores normal function of the affected muscle tissue. A second theory suggests that massage corrects sensory nerve information that distorts the resting state of our muscles. Our overall posture is determined by a set of ‘instructions’ from the sensory nervous system that tell the muscles what their resting position is supposed to be. After injury, this set of instructions is altered to account for the protection and healing of injured soft tissue. This reaction is called muscle splinting and is common in joint sprains and whiplash incidents. It is facilitates a good recovery from a soft tissue injury. Sometimes, though, the protective pattern outlasts the original injury and what’s left is a group of muscles that are protecting a now-healed injury site. These unnecessarily contracted muscles are now themselves a source of pain and restricted movement. Therapeutic massage ‘resets’ these sensory nerves to re-establish a normal postural pattern.
If there is some physical performance objective that you just can’t quite reach because your body just doesn’t quite get you there, then therapeutic massage could make the difference. We're not talking about turning a jockey into a linebacker, here. We're talking about dropping a distance runner’s mile splits by a few seconds or increasing the amount of time you can spend at your favorite hobby before some physical discomfort makes you quit. It may not be an everyday aggravation, but it’s something that stands between you and the quality of life you really want. Therapeutic massage can support you in changing your posture and movement over time. That change will allow you to do more of the physical activities you love or just help you do them better. There are several other benefits for which massage is most-often cited: lower stress, enhanced sense of well-being, better circulation and lower blood pressure. Since every individual takes to a given therapy differently, you can only know if massage therapy will help you by trying it out.
The Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine has been performing research on the effects of massage for several years, and they have had some wonderful results, such as the following:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Immediately following massage therapy, depressed mood, anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels were reduced. Following 10 days of massage therapy, fatigue related symptoms, particularly anxiety and somatic symptoms were reduced, as were depression, difficulty sleeping and pain. Stress hormone (cortisol) also decreased and dopamine increased.
- Diabetes: Following one month of parents massaging their children with diabetes, the children's glucose levels decreased to the normal range and their dietary compliance increased. Also the parents' and children's anxiety and depression levels decreased.
- Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Massage therapy (as compared to transcutaneous electrical stimulation) improved sleep patterns and decreased pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and cortisol levels in adults with fibromyalgia.
- Hypertension: Massage therapy decreased diastolic blood pressure, anxiety and cortisol (stress hormone) levels in adults with hypertension.
- Job Performance/Stress: Massaged adults showed 1) decreased frontal EEG alpha and beta power and increased delta power consistent with enhanced alertness; 2) math problems were completed in significantly less time with significantly fewer errors after the massage; and 3) anxiety, cortisol (stress hormone) and job stress levels were lower at the end of the 5 week period.
- Migraine Headaches: Massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms and increased serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.
- Multiple Sclerosis: Massage therapy decreased anxiety and depressed mood, and improved hand strength, self-esteem, body image and social functioning in adults with multiple sclerosis.
Yes. There are several conditions and situations when massage may not be recommended. Contra-indications may be temporary or permanent and may require physician recommendation/approval. Of course, exercise caution if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have inflammation of any kind
- Have any cysts
- Are anemic
- Have any tumors
- Have a hernia condition
- Have arthritis/bursitis
- Have been diagnosed with varicose veins
- Have a skin condition or rash
- Have a hematoma
- Have diverticulitis
- Have had embolisms
- Have ever had aneurysms
- Have phlebitis
- Have edema
- Have fever
- Have an open wound
- Have ringworm
- Have paralysis of any kind
- Have any undiagnosed medical problems
- Have numbness or tingling in any part of body
- Are under physician care for hypertension
- Have suffered a mental breakdown
- Have had seizures of any type
- Are under cardiologist's care
- Are being treated for cancer
- Are a hemophiliac
- Have arteriosclerosis
- Have multiple sclerosis
- Suffer from tuberculosis
- Have uncontrollable diabetes
- Have a gout condition
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, 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 light oil or lotion 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 the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Not really. Your health is a precious gift and hence massages are a worthy investment.
Massage therapists cannot legally diagnose or treat any condition. However, many of our therapists have extensive experience dealing with certain injuries and medical conditions, and, with your doctor's permission, we can work with you to speed your full recovery. We encourage you to consult with us to explore the appropriate treatment options for your condition.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain & muscle tension as well as aiding a positive outlook in life and increasing immunity and productivity.
A therapist’s credentials mean different things in different jurisdictions. A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) usually means that the person has completed a state mandated massage therapy curriculum including both scientific and practical (hands-on) instruction and passed an exam required by the state. The purpose of such licensing requirements is to prevent practitioners with insufficient basic education from doing harm to the public and to discourage the use of massage businesses as fronts for prostitution.
Planning for Your Appointment
One of the things you will fill out is a health history form. It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session. Your therapist may also analyze your posture to identify structural imbalances contributing to your pain or tension. This information helps us design your session to best address your needs. If there are any areas of your body that you would rather we avoid, please let your therapist know at this time. Your therapist will leave the room and return (or turn our backs) once you are laying comfortably between the sheets on the table. Please undress to your level of comfort. During your massage, you will be draped to protect your privacy, so completely undressing is appropriate. If you feel more comfortable wearing undergarments, please feel free to do so. You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort and be normally covered except for the area being worked on. Throughout your session please simply relax, breathe and allow us to move your limbs without assistance. Your therapist will check in with you periodically for feedback on pressure and your general comfort. Please speak up if you become uncomfortable for any reason. If you feel pain, if you need more pressure, if the room is too warm or too chilled, if the music too loud, if your sinuses become uncomfortably congested, we need you to let us know! Our work will be most effective if you are comfortable and completely relaxed. A massage or bodywork session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin relaxing superficial tension. Gradually, the therapist will work more deeply to address specific areas. During the massage, the therapist may move your arm or leg to facilitate the massage. The therapist may use a lubricant or scented oil, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of bodywork, no lotion is used. You should try to relax, let go, and allow the therapist to do all the work. Only the part that is being worked on is uncovered, and your modesty is always maintained. Always let us know if anything is uncomfortable or irritating. When your session is over, your therapist will leave you to rest for a few minutes. Take your time getting up, note any changes in your body, and let everything sink in. When you're ready, you may get dressed and come back to the reception area to check out.
None that you need to make, but here are some suggestions that might make your appointment a little better. Allow a little extra time to yourself. For your first appointment, there is additional paperwork to be done - please factor that in. Allow a little more time after your appointment so you don’t have to go right back to the craziness of daily life.
There are certain medical conditions for which massage is contra-indicated (untreated high blood pressure would be one example). The medical information you provide helps the massage therapist refrain from doing the rare thing that might cause you harm. It also provides some lifestyle and daily activity information that can help the therapist chose the most effective technique to relieve whatever complaints you may have.
To prepare yourself for your massage, taking a nice warm shower or a short soak in the hot tub is a great way to start to unwind and prepare yourself for the massage. Don't worry about your body type or appearance, massage therapists have seen hundreds of bodies of all types; we are here to work on YOUR body, and to do what we can to make this a positive experience for YOU. Just relax, and look forward to this time for your health and mind. On your first meeting, your massage therapist will do an intake - asking questions about your general health, specific injuries and whether you are under a doctor's care. They may also ask you to stand or walk around for them to do a postural analysis. Ask any questions you have for your therapist at this time. The entire process only takes a few minutes and should not substantially cut into your massage time. The therapist will then give you instructions on how they want you on the table (face up/down etc.). Each therapist likes to use a special oil or lotion. If you have something you like to use on your skin, bring it and they will be happy to use it. The client is always in control of the massage! Whether to talk or not, if there should be music or no music or different music, whether to use scent or not during your massage, whether your massage should be deeper or lighter. If you are uncomfortable at all, always speak up and be honest with your therapist about your expectations and comfort. However, at any time the massage professional feels threatened or uncomfortable with a situation, they can end the session immediately, and you will be required to pay the entire fee. Massage is strictly professional and conscientious body work for relaxation of mind, body and soul. Afterward, if you are able and not restricted due to medication, drink plenty of water to help your body's organs flush the toxins and rehydrate the muscle tissue. Allow the effects of the massage to linger, and just let go, relax and enjoy the release of stress, soreness and pressure your body has been holding for too long.
A typical full body massage will include the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, hips/glutes, and back. The abdominal area may also be massaged if you wish. The parts of your body that will be massaged may change from one massage to the next, due to the type of massage you are receiving and the area of your body that is being focused on; the sexually charged areas are the only areas that will never be massaged. The abdomen may be massaged if you are having issues such as constipation, or if you request it. The glutes may be massaged as they are often a culprit in lower back pain, and the armpit/upper breast area may be rubbed to help relieve upper back/neck pain. Also, while work may be done on the muscles of the chest, a Licensed Massage Therapist will never work directly on the female breasts. However, if you are uncomfortable being touched in any area, please let the therapist know ahead of time, if possible. Sometimes a client may not realize they are sensitive about being touched in a particular area until the therapist touches them there - just let your therapist know how you feel; they will be sensitive to your feelings and will avoid the area. This is your massage and you should feel comfortable with the plan before you proceed. Please feel free to ask questions or indicate if there are any body areas that you prefer not to have massaged. Be assured, however, it is against the law and a Licensed Massage Therapist will never massage the genital area (male or female).
When you are receiving massage to address a soft tissue injury, muscle spasm, trigger point, or some other type of ache or pain, massage can be uncomfortable. However, most clients describe this as good pain since it is ultimately helping the tissue heal. During any massage, all techniques should be performed within your pain tolerance. Your pain level should never be more than a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest level of pain. Anything beyond that is counter-productive, as your muscles tighten and you hold your breath to guard against the pain. We will make every effort to provide you with the most comfortable and least painful therapeutic massage to address your needs.
It helps to be well hydrated - be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your massage. The best way to tell if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If it is clear and odor free, you are drinking enough. If it has a strong odor and color, then you probably will want to increase the amount you drink, unless you are on water restriction for medical reasons.
You can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. The most important thing is that you feel completely comfortable and relaxed. During the massage, a clean sheet will cover you. We only uncover the area that is being worked on. Some clients prefer to keep their underpants on or will wear a swimsuit or shorts. All private parts are always covered, and never touched. We will always maintain and respect the client's boundaries.
There could be instances, where you are instructed by a therapist to bring scrubs, shorts and/or sports bra, with the specific intention of including muscle activation, stretching, and/or joint mobilization. This is typically done in sessions that involve therapies such as Thai Massage.
A study found that one of the primary complaints that people make after receiving a massage was that the therapist did not use enough pressure. We use our body weight and positioning to increase the pressure used, and we have always been able to provide enough pressure for our clients. However, if you are an extremely bulky/muscular person, please give us a call first to ensure that we are the best therapists for you. As an aside, most people who ask for deep tissue massage believe that it means to receive firm pressure during a massage. Deep tissue massage can be painful and is typically used during treatment/therapeutic massage; what most people are looking for is firm pressure. According to one website, the definition of deep tissue massage is the following: Used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. This invigorating (read - with some pain) experience is a process of detection of stiff or painful areas by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature, and slowly working into the deep layers of muscle tissue.That being said, please do not hesitate to let your therapist know if you would like more or less pressure. Any therapist, whether at our office or elsewhere, will sincerely appreciate the feedback and will not be offended at all. Rather, they will be grateful that you have let them know what you prefer, because that increases the possibility that you will return for another massage. This goes for letting them know what feels good, too - they will make sure to repeat it in future massages.
While this does impact the quality of the massage therapy, we do permit having a companion during your massage. If you have someone with you during your massage, they should be quiet and non-interfering with the therapist’s performance of the massage. Excessive talking, laughter, and being in the way of the therapist at the massage table are to be avoided.The relationship between the client and therapist is very important. Your partner will get much more from the massage experience if the atmosphere is quiet. However, feel free to be near your loved one, as this is a wonderful shared experience.
Although Mobile Om is designed to provide therapeutic massage services at your location, services may be offered at my home studio in Throop.
It is asked that pets be placed in a separate room during the time of treatment for the therapist safety. Some animals may perceive their owners being touched as an act of aggression and react by instinct.
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women. It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly okay to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It's your session! Please remember that massage does not have to hurt to be effective.
Many people start with an hour massage. That’s enough time to cover the entire body. A half hour is only enough time for a specific area or two – such as back and neck. A lot of people prefer 1.5 hour sessions, as that way they can get the full body massage, with extra time on any problem areas.
We have done our best to make our facilities a safe environment for those with sensitivities (we do not use any rugs and have minimized the use of fabrics - the ones we use get cleaned frequently). Since the build-out and our furnishings are relatively new, however, it is impossible to guarantee that they have completely aired, and we cannot control the scents other clients bring to our space. Certain of our products do contain essential oils. Please feel free to come visit our space before making an appointment.
Yes! Regular massage of muscles and joints can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis or fibromyalgia. In fact, regular massage therapy can relieve pain and stiffness, and improve range of motion, hand-grip strength and overall function of the joints. Before getting a massage, please be sure to discuss you specific issues with your therapist so that he or she can customize the treatment to your needs.
Booking Your Appointment
This is tough to predict. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body's tissues.
Mobile Om requests an 8-hour cancellation notice. We try, in every circumstance to be understanding of how life can throw a curve ball. However, our revenue is directly tied to billable hours. If you cancel an appointment under an 8-hour period, we will ask for a credit card number or deposit to guarantee your next appointment. If you fail to cancel your subsequent appointment(s), we do reserve the right to charge for services. It is customary in the healthcare industry to enforce a 24-hour cancellation notice to avoid being charged for any service. All No Shows and Last Minute Cancellations are charged at full value. With enough notice, we will be able to rebook your time slot.
If you are late to your session you are welcome to receive whatever time is left in your appointment. Due to scheduling, we may be unable to extend your session beyond your original appointment time.
You do not need a referral to get a massage. Call to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
Yes, absolutely. It might require some additional coordination.
Our mobile massage therapist can work on a couple back to back, or if you wish, we can secure another licensed massage therapist to provide services at the same time.
30-minute sessions are available. A 30-minute session is typically used to concentrate on a particular area of difficulty such as neck, shoulder, and upper back tightness.
90 minute sessions provide an opportunity for your therapist to concentrate on an area of concern or needed relief. 90 minute sessions are also often used for specific modalities such as Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, of other specialty massages.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, as well as cash.
Some clients have used their health care plans to receive reimbursement for massage services. Contact your insurance provider to see if you are eligible for such reimbursement, however, please take note that if your insurance does not provide reimbursement for massage services, payment will be the sole responsibility of the client.
During Your Appointment
You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed, for example arm, leg, back. If you are not comfortable getting undressed at all, we have techniques that we can use through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level. However, to derive the highest benefits of a massage, the client should be disrobed to allow the therapist to employ techniques without the disruption that clothing causes.Many techniques are most effective when performed directly to the body. The therapist will leave the room while you undress, get comfortable on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet he/she will use to drape you during the massage.It does not matter to the professional therapist what you wear during YOUR massage. They will work to give you the best massage no matter what you are wearing. You disrobe to the degree YOU decide for YOUR massage.If is your first massage, you may be a little nervous and may want to wear some kind of swim wear or underwear. Your therapist will understand, so be comfortable and enjoy your massage wearing what you choose, if anything at all. Remember that you can wear a suit of armor if you choose to although your massage will not feel as good and the price is generally the same.
Allergic reactions to massage oils and lotions are rare, but not completely unheard of. If you have allergies that you already know about, by all means tell your therapist so they can prevent a problem.
Often people are embarrassed to speak up if there is something they don’t like about the massage. We always appreciate your requests and feedback. While we may be the experts on massage, you are the expert on you, and it is your massage. Everything from the volume of the music to the angle of your face rest is adjustable.
That is totally up to you. While we’ll occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling, whether or not to talk is up to you. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you, please speak up.
No (not that there's anything wrong with that). While many therapists play slower, quieter, 'new age' type music, you can choose to play your own music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience. Ask your therapist what music he/she has to offer or if it is ok to bring your own from home. Music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage.
It is not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the table during a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them right to sleep - especially after a long day at work.
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.Your massage therapist should give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then we recommend that you explore the therapies (such as Thai Massage) that are performed clothed.
This is known as draping and yes, it is the law. The vast majority of therapists will insist on draping. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
First off, your massage will be performed in the scenery of your home or hotel room, or in our studio. Sometimes we have a customer that would love to have a massage, but doesn't want anyone to see them. Please note that massage therapists have seen bodies in every imaginable shape and size, from young to old, and we aren't there to judge your body. We are professionals who have found massage to be a wonderful gift to give - to men and women alike, regardless of age and weight, and are proud of what we can offer to people in need of help or just wanting to enjoy the delight found in massage. Your massage therapist doesn’t judge your body type. So while being embarrassed about one’s body is commonplace in our society, your massage therapist can respond to this only by treating you with the respect and kindness to which you are entitled.
We’ve worked with many people who were ticklish. We can vary the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage strokes so that you won’t feel tickled.
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range. Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, we recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers. Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client's intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.
No, Therapeutic/Rehabilitative services only, sexual services are not provided. Sex in any size, shape or form is not included. Do not ask, and do not make an appointment if that is what you are looking for. If it becomes clear that this is what you are looking for, the massage will be terminated and you will pay the cost of the entire massage even though it was cut short; the police may be called as well. We are licensed massage therapists, which means that we are professionals who provide therapy for non-sexual disorders of the human body. We are not authorized to provide medical, career or any other advice of a personal nature.
After Your Appointment
When the massage is over, the therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body's systems so be sure to give yourself a several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.
Possibly, but not necessarily. It is very important for you to let us know if the therapist is using too much pressure at any time. Sometimes working with an injured area might be painful, but even that should be within a good tolerance level. If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after a massage, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is the key to getting your best massage.
While tips are accepted and appreciated, we would always prefer that you be able to come as often as you need and not feel pressured to tip. You will get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. Another way to show your appreciation is to refer us to your friends and family. In our industry, which is part of the personal service industry, tips are common. If you have received exceptional service and would like to show your appreciation, please feel free to do so.
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness. After your session, you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.