It is not uncommon for people to have questions about massage therapy, even if it’s something they have received before. We are always happy to answer any question you may have, but here are a few we hear often.
Q: Do I need to be an athlete to receive services?
A: Absolutely not. We serve a wide variety of clients of all ages and from all walks of life. We simply cater to the athletic minded and hardworking individuals.
Q: Can I receive a relaxation massage?
A: Of course. While all our therapists are expertly trained in additional modalities, we were all “brought up” on the Swedish relaxation massage as the foundation of bodywork. We all enjoy the day to day challenge of figuring out how to help individuals on a deeper level and, “I just want to relax!”, can be just as important!
Q: What should I wear or not wear during my massage?
A: In the automated confirmation emails we send out, we suggest you bring shorts and a tank top or sports bra. This is not required, but can be useful if your sessions will include a lot of stretching or movement. Many clients will either fully undress or leave on their underwear or shorts. Our massage therapists are well versed in working with and modestly draping clients in any state of dress or undress, though. Even if you are undressed, many therapists can and will still employ certain stretching techniques and just manipulate the sheet(s) in such a way to keep you well covered.
Ultimately, our primary concern is your comfort level. Even if you want to stay fully dressed, you may do so, although it may alter the flow of the massage or change which techniques a therapist can and cannot use.
Q: How will I know which Massage Therapist is best for me?
A: We understand that everyone has approaches that do and don’t work for them. “Every-body” is different, we like to say. Visit our About Us section of the website. It provides detailed information about our specialists’ background and specialties. If you are still not sure, try someone out. We are all flexible in our approach, so if what you are receiving is not what you are looking for, say something! None of us will be offended; we are here to serve YOU!
Q: How often should I receive massage?
A: This all depends on your activity level and whether you are treating an acute condition or are just looking for preventative maintenance.
Q: How or why does massage work?
A: Massage is a modality of health care that has been used for thousands of years. It’s an instinct for us to rub an area that hurts to create relief, but very few of us really know why it works. Here are just a few of the effects of massage therapy:
Q: Are there any side effects to massage?
As with any health care option there are some side effects. The most frequently reported side effect is soreness after the massage, sometimes into the next day. This can often be described like the soreness you get after a good workout. It is usually mild, but some people can get it worse than others. It usually depends on the massage modality used, but this is often followed by several days of relief! Other side effects may include: short period of dizziness or fogginess immediately after the massage, an acute awareness of pain or tension in areas of the body not treated during the massage, flushing or mild bruising in the tissue, and in very rare cases, an increase in pain of the dysfunctional area.
During the massage we use oils and/or creams to create better glide on the skin, in some cases these products can contain allergens like soy, nuts, or fragrances, although we try to only use low or no allergen products. Regardless, please let your therapist know ahead of time if you have any allergies or sensitivities.
If you have other questions that weren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to ask! You call call the office at 269-373-1000, email us at email@example.com or simply ask in person before, during, or after your massage. View our full FAQ list here.
Nicholas Garman, LMT NSCA-CPT
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