Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
I have never had Massage before, what should I expect?
At the beginning of your first session, you will need to fill out a health form. If needed, your therapist may then ask some general health questions to modify your massage. Most of the massage techniques used during your treatment are traditionally performed with the client unclothed using a drape. However, you may decide which is most comfortable for you.
The therapist is not present while you undress. Remember to pull long hair back and remove any jewelry. Carefully relax onto the table and cover yourself with the sheets or blankets provided. We have heated massage tables. The therapist will briefly discuss the desired outcome of your treatment. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. As for one hour, the session will work on your back, head/scalp, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, and feet.
During your massage session, there is one thing you should do-relax. The therapist will tell you what is needed throughout the session. You may want to give any feedback as to how your feeling, such as how much pressure to apply -light or deep etc. If you communicate immediately, another approach can be taken to suit your level of comfort.
How should I feel after my massage?
Many people feel relaxed and rejuvenated after their treatment. Some even experience freedom from long-term aches and pains. This may be followed by an increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity that can last for days.
It’s recommended that you drink plenty of water following your treatment due to the amount of toxins released from your soft tissues during the massage. If any soreness is present, you may want to ice or heat the affected area.
How often can I get Massage? How much time should I come in for?
After you’ve had your first massage with us, it’s best to ask your therapist what they recommend to get the results you need. In general, massage is recommended weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
The length of your session depends on your preferences and needs. The full body massage usually lasts one hour. A half-hour session is enough time for a partial massage which could be the neck, shoulders and back, legs or feet. Consult your therapist on options you’re considering.
Do you have a license to practice massage?
Yes, all the therapists at our office are licensed and registered in New York State.You can verify their license at the NYSED Office of Professions website.
I’m taking a few medications from an illness I’m recovering from, do I need a referral from my doctor?
Yes, if you are under the care of a doctor it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation from your primary care physician. Your doctor may suggest the type of massage you need as well as the frequency. This will inform your therapist of what areas to avoid or what type of massage is needed. All qualified practitioners will require a referral. If your health or medications have changed since you first completed your health form with us, it is important that you inform your therapist of these changes. Your massage therapist may adjust your session accordingly.
What kinds of products will you be using during my massage?
Lotions, creams, and oils are lubricants used to permit the musculature to be worked on without causing discomfort to your skin. They also hydrate the skin and make it easier to manipulate tissue. Some lotions and oils have food extracts or other ingredients. If you have allergies, please inform your therapist.
Do both men and women get Massage?
Yes, they do! Massage is great for every person: male, female, young or old. It’s best to consult us before your appointment to see which type of service would be beneficial for you. Clients 18 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent at the time of the scheduled appointment as a parent signature is required.
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