What are the benefits of a massage?
- Improves blood circulation, decreases blood pressure
- Improves skin condition
- Reduces stress, Reduces anxiety, promotes relaxation
- Decrease pain, relieves muscular tension, increases range of motion, increases flexibility, tones weak muscles, reduces muscle fatigue
- Improves sleep patterns, improves mood, decreases feelings of anger, improves body image, improves self esteem, increases mental alertness, increases academic performance, increases physical well being
What is a chair/seated massage?
- Recipient remains fully clothes
- Is given by students, as well as professional massage therapists trained to do chair massages
- Will last 10 - 20 minutes
- Health history is needed
- Will usually include the back, neck, arms, hands, and scalp
- Portable massage chairs designed for comfort and support will be provided
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will 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, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
Is gratuity accepted?
Gratuity is optional but greatly appreciated and unfortunately at this time we are only able to accept cash gratuity.
Can I bring my own oil?
Yes, but we ask that you check the ingredients before coming because some products contain nuts and we do not allow nut products in the building due to allergies.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes appointments are required, at this time we are not accepting walk-ins.
How often should I get a massage?
You can get a massage as often as you would like.
What is the difference between a student and a master?
The student therapist is practicing massage in the clinic working towards graduation. The students at this time have a limited number of services the are able to do such as the Swedish, aromatherapy and hot stone massage. The master clinic are composed of all graduates who specialize in Therapeutic, Maternity, and Deep Tissue massage as well as other services.
Can I purchase a gift certificate?
Yes gift certificates are available for purchase in any dollar amount or for a specific service.
Is it appropriate to tip a student therapist?
Yes, it is appropriate and appreciated to tip the students.
Am I going to be covered during the massage?
Yes, you are properly covered at all times during the massage. You will get under a sheet and the therapist will only uncover the section that is being massaged, then pull the sheet back once that section is done being massaged.
What is the difference between a Swedish Massage and a Therapeutic Massage?
The Swedish Massage is a relaxing and soothing massage where they use a light but firm pressure and it is meant to just relax you and your muscles. The Therapeutic Massage is a deep tissue massage where they will use techniques involving they're knuckles, elbows, forearms and focus on the trigger points and knots in your muscles.
What is the best massage to receive?
It all depends on what you are coming to get a massage for. If it is your first time receiving massage I recommend trying a Swedish Massage first, because if you need more pressure you could always switch to a Therapeutic Massage. If you are coming to get out knots and tension in areas of concern then I would recommend trying a therapeutic and if that is too much you could let your therapist know and they will switch back to a therapeutic.