Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy
Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold … speak up!
You will not hurt your therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants your massage therapy to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.
Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask.
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 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 what is 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 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 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 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 you.
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 that is interfering with your daily life.
There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when we have a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
What Does A Massage Therapist’s License Or Certification Actually Mean?
A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. To obtain a license, a massage therapist will usually have to complete a minimum number of training hours at an accredited or accepted school or training center.
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 done to ensure each and every massage session you receive from us is customized to your personal needs.
How Will I Feel After My Massage Treatment?
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 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, 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 it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But it is always better to have clearance from your physician ahead of time.
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 we have to offer or if it is ok to bring your own music 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 massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. Here at Precision Wellness our therapists love what they do and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. We recommend tipping percentages be based on the full price of a regular massage, rather than any discounted prices.