Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1 - What are the benefits of massage?

PHYSICALLY, it's been proven that massage...

  • helps relieve stress and promotes relaxation
  • helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excess scar tissue
  • reduces muscle spasms
  • provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • enhances athletic performance
  • promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • reduces blood pressure
  • helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • improves posture
  • strengthens the immune system

MENTALLY, it's known that massage...

  • fosters peace of mind
  • promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • helps relieve mental stress
  • improves ability to recognize stress signals and respond appropriately
  • enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • satisfies need for caring, nurturing touch
  • fosters a feeling of well-being
  • reduces levels of anxiety
  • increases awareness of the mind-body connection

Question #2 - What can I do to get the most from my massage session?

Make sure you are comfortable. Ask for what you need. While I'm attuned to recognize signals of discomfort, you're the only one who really knows what you're feeling. PLEASE ask for adjustments to body positioning, massage pressure, room temperature, lighting level, music volume, body draping, etc. to make you feel more comfortable. Your guidance is ALWAYS appreciated, and is very important to the outcome of your session. Once you are comfortable, relax and be open to the healing possibilities.

Question #3 - How long should my massage session be?

A 1-hour session is fine if your goal is general relaxation OR concentrated therapy for certain areas. However, if attention is needed for specific muscles, there probably won't be enough time remaining to cover the entire body.

My 1-hour and 30 minute session is a better choice if you like BOTH concentrated and general work, head to toe. Sessions may also be lengthened by 15 minute increments to meet your particular needs.

Question #4 - How often should I get a massage?

Massage is a great "treat" for special occasions (GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE!) or a welcomed "relief" for troublesome aches. However, the benefits of massage are cumulative, if supported by regular maintenance treatments.

Optimally, "regular maintenance" translates to weekly or biweekly sessions. I offer both 5 and 10 session series packages at substantial savings to help make massage a simple and affordable way to stay healthy.

Question #5 - Does massage hurt?

The "no pain, no gain" mentality is not really appropriate for massage. There's a fine line between therapeutic discomfort when a "knot" is "worked out", and just plain pain when the muscles tense to protect themselves. You know the difference. So you decide how much, if any, discomfort you'll experience for a positive outcome. Working within your comfort zone can achieve great results!

Question #6 - Will massage "fix" whatever is bothering me?

Healing is a process with many components. There's no quick fix - not even with massage. Massage complements other traditional and non-traditional healing methods. As a high percentage of diseases are stress-related, and massage is an excellent stress remedy, massage may significantly relieve symptoms and speed recovery for many conditions. And, since massage is relatively non-invasive, it is safe in almost all cases.

Among the various conditions that people find relief from through massage are...

  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • digestive disorders
  • headaches
  • sinusitis

Question #7 - There are some questions that I'm uncomfortable asking, but having the answers would certainly make it a better experience for me. What's the correct way to discuss these with you?

Clarity and honesty are always the best way to begin and continue any therapeutic relationship. To help you, here's the address of a web site that will speak to some of your unvoiced concerns.

Just type this address in your browser window to view the information.

And always remember, your comfort, both physical and emotional, are my top priority. I want you as a happy, longtime client!

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