Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy
Your comfort is very important! If you want your therapist to adjust the massage pressure, avoid some areas and focus on others, or you are uncomfortable in any way, please speak up!
You will not hurt your therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. We want your massage session to be a comfortable experience that allows you to relax and reconnect with yourself.
Even if you see your therapist regularly, you might have specific requests sometimes. If you usually request deep tissue focus on your neck and shoulders, but are experiencing some stress and you just want to relax, it’s crucial that you talk to your therapist about your expectations for the session.
You will enjoy your sessions so much more!
Will I Be Covered During The Session?
You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered or draped by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.
What Should I Do During A Massage Treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, we will either move you or will ask you to move as needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session. Others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way for you to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Can I Talk During My Session?
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. 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 thing to remember is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let your therapist know immediately. Also, let us know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be adjusted up or down. Remember this time is all about your comfort!
How Often Should I Receive A Massage?
For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is the most common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness or pain that is interfering with your daily life.
There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief. Discuss frequency of sessions with your therapist after at least one treatment session based on your wellness goals.
What Are the Benefits of Massage?
We could write a book about the benefits of massage… and we just might!
Some main benefits of massage that might interest you are:
- Massage therapy is the number one treatment for back pain as recommended by the American Medical Association.
- Massage therapy helps your body heal from acute injuries such as falls, strains, sprains, and surgeries. Massage therapy also provides relief from repetitive strains, poor posture or body mechanics, and stress related tension. It even treats TMJD, carpal tunnel symptoms, and chronic headaches, including some migraines.
- All types of therapeutic massage are beneficial to all systems of your human body. Your wellness goals will help your therapist determine what massage techniques will provide you the most customized results.
- Massage has a cumulative effect, meaning the more regularly you receive massage the more your body benefits from it. Much like dental cleaning and oil changes, frequency matters! The industry standard for “maintenance” massage is monthly. If you are recovering from an injury or surgery we recommend you come more often and discuss a recovery plan with your therapist. Massage should be seen as part of health maintenance, not as a luxury!
What Does A Massage Therapist’s License Or Certification Actually Mean?
A license means that a massage therapist has attended an approved school or mentor program and met all requirements to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. Each therapist must display their massage therapy license in their practice location at all times.
What Is Included In My Session Time?
A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. We do ask that you arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time so that your therapist can give you the full session time on the table.
Each time you visit Precision Wellness you will get a chance to communicate your needs to your therapist. This is to ensure each and every massage session you receive from us is customized to your personal needs and wellness goals.
How Will I Feel After My Massage Treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Many people experience a significant relief from long-term aches and pains. Some people feel ready for a nap!
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day or two- 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 and reduce any soreness you may feel.
When Should I Not Get Massage Therapy?
There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That’s it.
There are many other conditions in which our therapists may need to adapt their techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns).
With some conditions such as cancer, certain heart conditions, or high risk pregnancy it is best to get approval from your physician before you receive massage. This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. It is just best to have clearance from your physician if those conditions apply to you.
Do I Have To Listen To Whale Calls Or Flutes During My Massage?
No. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😉
While many therapists play slower, quieter, ‘new age’ type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, it might do the same during your treatment. Feel free to ask your therapist what music is available or bring your own music player from home.
How Much Should I Tip?
Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. We recommend you think of your therapist or esthetician as you would any other service provider. Here at Precision Wellness our therapists love what they do and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. Tipping percentages are typically based on the full price of a regular massage, rather than any discounted prices.