Frequently Asked Questions

This is my first massage, what should I expect?

It varies. Usually a 10-15 minute intake is performed prior to your treatment, concerns are discussed and treatment commences to treat issues of concern. Please note that we can provide important treatment whether you decide to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. We are trained in proper draping procedures and completely respect your privacy at all times during treatment. If you are receiving a sports or orthopedic massage, please bring with you a sports bra and shorts for effective treatment of targeted tissue. If it at any time you feel uncomfortable with pressure, draping procedures, etc. please let your therapist know immediately. After the massage, we will conduct an evaluation to create a treatment plan tailored to your future needs.

 

Does massage hurt?

Sometimes massage therapy can cause light to moderate discomfort as soft tissue is manipulated and scar tissue or adhesions are released. Some people experience mild to moderate post-onset soreness for 1-2 days as a result of this manual manipulation. It often feels like you exercised that area such as in weightlifting. If you feel any discomfort during your treatment, notify your therapist so that technique and pressure are modified to meet your needs. You have the option to stop or change treatment at any time.

 

How can massage help me?

Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to address many specific problems, including:

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Muscle spasms, strains and ligament sprains

  • Chronic or acute muscular dysfunction

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Circulatory and respiratory issues

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis

  • Stress related conditions

  • Pregnancy and labor discomfort

  • Post-injury and Post-surgical rehabilitation­­

  • Neuromuscular pain

 

Who can receive massage therapy?

Massage is appropriate for individuals of all ages including infants, children and the elderly. However, massage is contraindicated for certain conditions with medical clearance from your doctor necessary before massage can be performed.  A list of conditions can be found here. Even then it is at the discretion of your therapist whether or not to treat you as your safety is the #1 concern. Some massage therapists focus on specific populations such as pregnancy massage, infant massage or on specific conditions such as fibromyalgia. We currently focus on pain relief and management, scar tissue management, and stress reduction.

 

What massage is the best for me?

That depends. If you’re looking for more relaxation based massage we recommend our sleep recovery massage. If you’re seeking to address a specific concern like ‘frozen shoulder,’ hip issues, etc. we recommend scheduling an orthopedic massage. If you have an upcoming event or have recently finished a sporting event, a pre- or post-event massage is ideal as it can decrease your recovery time and allow you to be fresh sooner for your next event. It also is great for reducing the likelihood of injuries. If you prefer a more subtle approach to bodywork, suggest scheduling a Craniosacral Therapy or Reiki session as these are lighter touch therapies but can be as equally effective as deeper bodywork. 

 

Do you offer specials?

Our specials which can be found here.

 

Do you have a cancellation policy?

We have a strict 24 hour cancellation policy and a strict disclosure policy where only therapeutic massage is performed. They can be found here. 

 

Do you take tips?

We do not personally accept tips. However, if you would like to leave a tip, all tips will be donated to the charity of our choice at the end of the year. If you have a favorite charity that you would like us to donate to, let us know.