Frequently asked questions about massage therapy
Will it hurt?
Most people enjoy a firm massage, but it should not hurt. If you feel the need to clench your muscles, hold your breath or want to move away from the massage therapist, don’t hesitate to speak up. Your massage therapist is intuitive and well-trained, but doesn't know how it feels to be inside your body. For example, the therapist may apply medium pressure, but on your tender areas this may feel too intense. Too much pressure will result in a "guarding reflex" and your muscles will tense. If you are uncomfortable with any part of the massage (temperature, pressure, treatment plan), tell your therapist. They are there to give you the best possible experience and will be happy to adjust.
Do I leave my underwear on?
Your massage therapist expects to find you fully unclothed and covered by the sheets and blankets, but feel free to leave your underwear on if that makes you more comfortable. Only the area being worked on is uncovered. You will be modestly draped at all times. Should you choose to leave any clothing on, no oil will be used on that area. In addition, a compressive stroke is used on clothed areas instead of a gliding stroke.
Should I tie up my hair?
Feel free to tie up your hair if it makes you more comfortable. Be aware that it may make it more difficult to massage your scalp if your hair is bound too tightly.
How often should I get a massage?
We recommend getting a massage at least once a month. A monthly massage is considered ‘maintenance’ and it keeps you feeling great. If you have serious issues you need to work on, your massage therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan with more frequent massages. You may come in every other week, every week or multiple times during a week. If it comes time for your next appointment and you still feel really good, you can add more space between appointments. There is no such thing as getting a massage too frequently, but the tissues can get overworked during an appointment. Always tell your therapist if you are experiencing pain during the massage or are feeling overly sore after.