Frequently Asked Questions About Massage
To follow are the questions most frequently asked by new clients before coming in for a massage. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out and share them with me!
Q: Do I have to take all of my clothes off to get a massage?
A: No. If you want to keep your clothing on during a massage, you should feel free to do so: after all, a massage will only be effective if you feel relaxed and comfortable! However, you should be able to expect any reputable massage therapist to be very careful about keeping clients draped appropriately. This means that only the portion of the body being massaged (the back, an arm, a leg, etc.) is exposed during a massage. The rest of the body is covered (or draped) by a sheet and/or blanket, ensuring that no inappropriate exposure occurs.
Q: What kind of massage oil do you use?
A: I use either massage cream or oil, depending on the preference of the client. The cream I prefer is from Sacred Earth Botanicals. It is vegan, hypoallergenic (designed to minimize the possibility of an allergic reaction) and fragrance free, and, unlike oils, does not leave a greasy residue on the skin or on clothing. If oil is preferred, I use organic grapeseed oil. Clients are also free to bring in their own products, should they desire to do so.
Q: Is it okay to talk during a massage?
A: Yes. Some clients like to talk throughout their massage session; others prefer to stay quiet or go to sleep. You should feel free to talk as much or as little as you'd like to during a massage.
Q: What will my massage treatment involve?
A: I ask all of my clients to fill out a comprehensive intake form before receiving their first massage. After reviewing this information with my clients and discussing their expectations, I collaborate with them to ensure that they will receive the type of massage that will best meet their current needs.
Q: Will my massage hurt?
A: Some massage techniques (including Swedish massage) are quite gentle. Others, such as deep tissue massage, involve deep pressure and can be uncomfortable. While these more physically intense forms of massage do have therapeutic benefits, you should always let your massage therapist know if you are feeling acute pain or discomfort during your massage.
Q: Is it okay to offer feedback to my massage therapist during a massage?
A: Absolutely. Though many massage therapists are skilled at identifying physical cues that indicate discomfort, it can be difficult to do so with a new client. Additionally, environmental factors like room temperature and music volume may need some initial adjustment. If you find that you are uncomfortable with any aspect of your massage experience, let your massage therapist know right away.
Q: How will I feel after receiving a massage?
A: Some clients feel relaxed or sleepy after receiving a massage; others feel rejuvenated and energized. Most clients feel "loose" and able to move more freely. Clients that receive deep work may feel some muscular soreness the day after their massage.
Q: How can I maximize the effects of my massage?
A: One of the most important things you can do after receiving a massage is to be sure to drink plenty of water. Even gentle forms of massage release toxins from the muscle tissue into the bloodstream and lymphatic system, and drinking water will help to flush them from your body. Taking a warm bath may further promote muscular relaxation. Rest is also important: a good night's sleep does wonders to maximize the benefits of a massage and ensure that you wake up the next day feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.