Massage Q & A

How long does a typical session last?

I offer 30 minute, 60 minute, 75 minute and 90 minute session times. Your needs will determine the length of session you would most benefit from.

What happens during a treatment?

Please arrive 10 minutes early to go over your treatment plan. If it is your first session please come 15 minutes early to complete an intake form. You may choose to print an intake form to complete prior to your session. Together we will discuss your treatment plan, determined by your specific needs. Treatment is done on table specifically designed for massage. You will be instructed to undress (in private) and to get on the table, under the sheets, facing up, facing down (with your face in a cradle) or in a side lying position. Pressure will be applied to the body using the hands, elbows, forearms and/or manual therapy tools. Periodically during your session I will check in with you to be sure you are comfortable. After your treatment I will discuss with you what was discovered during the treatment. I may suggest exercises or stretches that you would easily be able to do at home or within your usual day-to-day activities for maintenance and self-care between sessions.

*You may wish to talk during your session or remain silent. Either way is fine though I believe a better more focused massage is received with limited conversation.

What do I wear?

You may choose to undress fully or if you prefer you may leave on underwear. Either way is acceptable and is a personal preference. You will always be covered by a sheet and blanket except for the area being worked on; there are never any private areas exposed. As a therapist I am trained to provide specific draping for all body parts so you may be comfortable and relaxed during your session. Only the body part being massage is undraped. Once the massage is finished on that area, the drape is be returned to cover it.

Will the massage be painful?

Therapeutic massage works on adhesions and trigger points. During the course of the massage it is likely that some areas of tension, muscle adhesion and trigger points will be discovered. When working with these areas it can sometimes be a little tender or sore which can sometimes be a little uncomfortable. As with all my clients I always check-in after I begin the massage and initially warm-up the muscles and ask how the pressure is? At this time you will indicate the pressure is just right or that I may go deeper or you would prefer for the pressure to be lighter. As each parts of our body can take more pressure then the other, it is important for us to communicate with each other throughout the session. Please know that you are in control of your session. I may sometimes guide your breathing, as there is a natural tendency for the breath to be held when tight muscles are being worked on and released. As a regular client, I will begin to know your preference of pressure. Sometimes you may feel some soreness for a day or so after the treatment. This is quite common, more so after your first treatment, but should only be a slight tenderness and will ease within 24-48 hours.

Why is it important to drink water after a massage?

There are primary reasons for people to drink water after a massage. Toxins are released during a massage. It is important to drink water 24 hours post massage to help the body flush the toxins that were released during your session. This will also help to lessen and/or relieve soreness.

Especially in the case of deep tissue massage, massage stimulates circulation in the body while expressing water, salt, and other minerals from the muscles and circulation is designed to carry away waste materials generated by cells. By providing the body with plenty of water, massage clients can help flush out these toxins; otherwise, they might build up, causing muscle aches and soreness after a massage.

Most importantly, people should drink water after a massage because massage can be dehydrating. The manipulation of the muscles depletes them of water, and also moves the fluid in the interstitial spaces between the muscles around. By drinking water, people can rehydrate their muscles, reducing the potential for pain and soreness in the days following a massage. For the same reason, people drink water after exercise and other forms of exertion, because when the muscles are worked, they lose water and electrolytes.

How often should I have a massage?

Everybody is different. This will depend on why you are seeking massage. This would be discussed during the first session. In general however, if you come for massage because you are experiencing pain and restricted movement then usually 1 session weekly is recommended to really understand the nature of the problem. After several sessions the treatment and progress would be reassessed. For general maintenance my clients are usually seen on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. This decision is up to you and what your body is telling you. Remember, massage is not a luxury; just as you provide regular maintenance on your car, your body to needs to be regularly maintained.

Do you use oil or cream?

I prefer to use cream for all therapeutic sessions (this excludes hot stone which oil is used). I find cream gives a better grip where oil creates too much glide, lessening the ability to palpate the individual muscle groups being worked on. As well ,cream does not stain the your clothes and allows you to be comfortable going back to your daily routine of work, errands, etc. without the worries of staining, or feeling greasy and uncomfortable. Cupping is best when using oil.

Do you play music?

I play gentle soothing music to help you to take the time you need for yourself to relax; body, mind and soul. I use an iPhone with an eclectic selection of music to suit all needs. Requests are always welcomed for your next session.

Do you do home visits?

Yes, I offer home visits. I have many clients that I see in the comfort of their own homes for regular home sessions. I provide all supplies needed so there are no preparations you need to make on your end.