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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from my first session?

Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on. This will help to identify if there are any conditions you feel need to be addressed and determine if massage is appropriate for you.  It is important to list all your health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm.  It is also important to list any allergies you may have so your therapist can use different oils or creams during your session.

What are the benefits of regular massage therapy?

There are many, wide ranging physical and emotional benefits of massage.  Besides feeling good, massage can also help;
-relax the body 
-calm the central nervous system 
-lower blood pressure 
-improve blood circulation 
-reduce headaches 
-increase lymph circulation 
-stimulate the release of endorphins 
-strengthen the immune system 
-reduce anxiety/stress 
-improve sleep 
-reduce pain.

When should I avoid getting a massage? 

Massage therapy is a gentle, non invasive treatment for many types of injuries and pain, however, massage is not for everyone. 
People with very high blood pressure, deep vein thrombosis and certain skin conditions should be checked before receiving a massage. If you have a fever, a cold, feel dizzy or recently have been in an accident; you may want to postpone your massage treatment. 
Please call us for further advice if you are unsure about receiving a massage treatment.

Is it ok to talk during a massage?

You should always feel free to express any discomfort when undergoing a massage.  However, prolonged conversation during massage can lead to an increase in muscular tension and limit the effectiveness of your massage experience as a result.
The amount of conversation you should engage in during your massage depends on your expectations for the session. If you want a fully relaxing massage, we recommend you talk only when necessary in order to let your mind and body enter a fully relaxed and meditative state. You can even practice mindful breathing during your massage. This helps to reduce muscular tension and increase the benefits of your massage.
On the other hand, if you have asked your massage therapist to use increased pressure and deep tissue techniques, for example, to help recover from an injury, communication is paramount. Be sure to give your massage therapist regular feedback on the amount of pressure you require and which specific areas feel painful or "tight".

Does my health insurance cover my massage therapy?

Some insurance companies cover alternatives therapies like massages, chiropractic care and acupuncture. Check with your insurance provider first to make sure your covered.

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