When should I get a massage?
Any time is a good time to get a massage! Really, you don’t have to wait until you are stressed out or injured to call. Unfortunately, many clients wait until they are in extreme pain before they call and make an appointment. This practice doesn’t save them any money in the long run because they often have to come in for several visits to alleviate their symptoms and get out of their pain cycle. The best time to get a massage is when you feel Great and are looking for Preventative Care. The frequency for preventative care massage depends on the person. I have some clients that are very physical in their work and play and keep a regular appointment once a week. I have some clients that get a massage once a month and we are able to work out all the kinks that develop during the month and keep them on track. A regular massage is an awesome way to cope with day to day stresses, whether physical or emotional, and to work out trigger points caused by everyday living.
When should I not get a massage?
There are several contraindications that must be mentioned for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following massage is not recommended without a physicians note:
- Any type of infectious disease
- Systemic infections
- Severe cold
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Blood clot
- Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
- High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
- Heart disease
If there is any question at all about whether a massage is recommended or not, the best thing to do is call and discuss the situation with me. I have many times recommended having a client talk to their doctor and getting clearance for their massage. As a medical massage practitioner, I am extremely conscientious about taking the precautions necessary to prevent making an underlying medical condition worse. The Initial Client Intake Form that is filled out on your first visit will cover all the necessary information that I will need for the massage to proceed. I welcome all questions regarding massage – 478-972-8306.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
It is recommended that you come to your first visit at least ten minutes early. A Client Intake and Health History Form will be provided for you to fill out. Afterwards, we will discuss any conditions that need to be addressed and assess your condition. Any questions regarding massage can be asked at this time. We will then outline your expectations for the session.
You can expect to be covered during your massage, except for the areas immediately being worked on.
Do I have to completely undress?
No, of course not. You should undress to your own comfort level. I will work around the clothes that are left on as best as I can. I ALWAYS use proper draping procedures during massage sessions. Certain areas of the body are ALWAYS covered, such as the Gluts, genitals and breasts. Most people undress down to their undergarments. Women generally take off their bras. What you should know is that this is YOUR massage and you should be comfortable and relaxed in order for me to do my work. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions at any time. I have had some clients that were very shy in the beginning. That is ok and normal for some people. We worked with their clothes on for the first time or two. I can still work on a lot of neck and shoulder problems through a lightweight shirt (just like in chair massage). If removing all of your clothing makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then we will proceed in a way that will allow you to receive the optimal benefits from the massage. After trust and confidence levels are built up, the subject can be revisited.
What Do I need to do during a massage therapy treatment?
Nothing. You just make yourself comfortable and I will adjust your position as needed. You can talk or not talk – I take my cues from you. Some people talk in the beginning and then want to be more silent later in the massage and relax. The type of music that we listen to is up to you. I provide general relaxation CD that you can choose from. I have some people that bring their own music to listen to and some people prefer the radio. Whatever makes you the most comfortable is how we will proceed.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Sometimes the experienced freedom from chronic, long term aches and pains can be very exhilarating. Some people experience soreness, depending on what conditions they were having worked on and what type of physical condition they were in to start with. The soreness is a natural side effect of toxins that were released during the massage and there are “at-home” remedies and products that will be recommended to you after the massage depending on your needs. Everyone should drink plenty of water to help your body eliminate toxins that might have been released during massage.
I received a Gift Certificate – How do I use it?
Give me a call at 478-972-8306 and we can set up an appointment time that is good for you. It is that easy. If I am busy with another massage and can’t get to the phone, please leave me a message and I will call you back during the same day.
Do the Gift Certificates expire?
Yes, unfortunately they do. The good news is that you have 6 months from the date of purchase to use them. This works out because no one really wants to wait that long for a massage that has been paid for anyway. If unforeseen circumstances do come up, just give me a call and time can be extended.