Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits to massage?
Where do we start? Of course there is the lovely relaxed feeling you get from massage, but did you know there are a number of medically proven benefits to massage? Here are just a few...
- Improves the immune system response
- Decreases chronic and acute pain
- Releases endorphins— body’s natural painkiller and mood enhancer.
- Improves muscle tone
- Aids in the removal of metabolic waste and Cortisol, a stress hormone
- Lowers blood pressure
- Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Decreases stress and anxiety
- Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
- Increases flexibility and range of motion in muscles and joints
- Lessens depression and anxiety
- Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will welcome you into the studio and go through an an intake and health history with you. During this time we will determine the intention of this massage session and prepare a treatment plan consistent with your specific needs, be it stress relief or injury recovery. Your therapist will then leave before you undress. You then disrobe and get under the sheets on the treatment table. Your modesty will be protected throughout the treatment. During the session you are welcome to give feed back to the therapist about pressure preference or areas you would like to focus on.
How does massage feel?
The way a massage feels usually depends on the the preference of the client and the techniques used by the therapist. We are happy to work as lightly or as deep as you feel is beneficial. Generally your therapist will start with broad, flowing strokes or static deep compression, to help calm your nervous system. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually increases to relieve specific areas of pain and muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is usually used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. If we are doing a myofascial treatment, there may be no lubrication used so that we may deepen the work and address the target tissue. Please feel free to give feedback or ask questions during your treatment. Always mention if you feel any discomfort so we may use another approach or technique that will better serve you.
Do you take private insurance?
Yes!!! We are happy to announce that beginning in 2010 we will be accepting many private insurance plans. We are thrilled to see that so many insurance companies are recognizing the medical benefits of massage therapy. Give us a call to find out if you are covered.