Massage Therapy FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Massage?
  2. Where Will My Massage Take Place?
  3. What Should I Wear to the Massage Appointment?
  4. What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
  5. Will a Lubricant Be Used?
  6. What Will the Massage Feel Like?
  7. Will I Be Sore as a Result of the Massage?

What is a Massage?

Massage is a variety of techniques using the hands or mechanical apparatus to stimulate or soothe soft tissues of the body. Muscles are relaxed by kneading and stroking, and friction stimulates soft tissues.

Where Will My Massage Take Place?

Your massage will take place in a quiet, warm comfortable room. Soft lighting may be used to create a relaxing atmosphere. You'll lie on a soft, comfortable table. Music may be played softly in the background to aid in the relaxation process of your mind and nervous system.

What Should I Wear to the Massage Appointment?

Comfortable clothing is recommended for the shorter 15min sessions, however longer therapeutic massage is typically performed with the client unclothed. You will be appropriately draped at all times. Many people undress completely, while others leave some clothing on such as underwear. You decide what level of comfort is right for you. Your privacy is respected at all times.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?

You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome. A typical full body massage session will include work on your back, arms, legs, head, neck and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals or breasts.

Will a Lubricant Be Used?

A light oil or lotion will be used to reduce excessive friction to the skin and allow smoother, deeper strokes. The lubricants used also help to hydrate the skin. If you are allergic to certain oils or scents, just tell the therapist.

What Will The Massage Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. Your massage session may start with broad flowing strokes to begin the relaxation process. Pressure will be gradually increased to relax specific areas and release tight muscle bands. Deep tissue massage or trigger point therapies will require deeper pressure and more intensive techniques. It's important that the pressure always be within your comfort level. Should you wish to receive less or more pressure at anytime, tell your therapist.

Will I Be Sore as a Result of the Massage?

Occasionally, some people may be sore/tender in places the next day, depending on the type of massage and degree of pressure they received. It's important to communicate with your therapist if the pressure is uncomfortable at any time. Drinking additional fluids following your massage may reduce these symptoms. These symptoms will usually subside by the following day.