Frequently Asked Questions
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What is "Integrative Massage"? To become a massage therapist is to embark upon a path of lifelong learning. Whenever a therapist studies a new modality, or even when she simply receives a massage, she learns a little something more to add to her repertoire. This allows her to have a large variety of techniques at her disposal, and to incorporate them into the best treatment for your needs. A therapist practicing "Integrative Massage" is combining her years of education and experience to bring the best of the best bodywork to you.
What can massage therapy do for me? It has been estimated that 80 to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage counteracts stress by helping us remember what it means to relax. Books could (and have) been written about the innumerable benefits of massage therapy. Below is a brief list of some of the these:
-Physical Effects of Massage: Enhanced Circulation and Lymph Flow, Stress and Anxiety Reduction, Less Frequent Headaches, Relief from Muscle Pain and Soreness, Reduced Evidence of Scar Tissue and Stretch Marks, Lessening of Postsurgical Adhesions and Edema, Quicker Recovery from Injury, Reduction in Spasms and Cramping, Enhanced Sleep, Increased Joint Flexibility, Release of Endorphins
-Conditions Which May Be Helped By Massage: TMJ, Sciatic Nerve Impingement, Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine and Tension Headaches, Plantar Fasciitis, Depression, Insomnia, High Blood Pressure, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Whiplash, Strains and Sprains, Asthma, Bursitis, ADHD, Gastrointestinal Disorders such as IBS, Tendonitis
How early should I arrive? Your appointment time is the time your treatment is scheduled to begin, not the time you should arrive. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow yourself time to use the restroom, complete any necessary paperwork, consult with your therapist, and get comfortable on the table before your appointment time. Sessions beginning late will still end on time in order to accommodate incoming clients (unless the therapist has caused the late start, in which case you will always receive your full treatment).
How far in advance should I book? In order to ensure that you get the appointment day and time that you prefer, it is recommended that you book your next visit at the time of your treatment. Popular time slots fill quickly, and same-day or next-day appointments are rare.
I'm under the care of a physician/chiropractor. Can I get a massage? In most cases, yes. Massage is usually an excellent complimentary health care. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor to be sure that massage is right for you.
I'm pregnant. Can I get a massage? Yes! If you are past your first trimester, there is a treatment created just for you: the Mommy-to-Be Prenatal Massage. It is always best to consult your physician prior to treatment to ensure that massage is recommended for your particular pregnancy.
Will massage help my cold or fever? No! Massage can make a cold or fever worse. Plus, a therapist who doesn't know she has been infected may herself infect dozens of clients. For your own health, and out of consideration for the health of others, please stay home and recover if you are ill. You will not be charged for any appointments cancelled for health reasons.
When should I NOT get a massage? As with any health care modality, certain conditions are contraindicated for massage therapy, and other conditions will require a physician's approval.
Do not get a massage when you have any of the following conditions:
Any contagious disease (cold, flu, fever, etc), contagious skin diseases (including even small amounts of poison ivy), acute conditions, contagious parasitic infections, first trimester of pregnancy, alcohol intoxication, open wounds
A physician's written approval is required prior to treatment for:
Severe heart conditions (including congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation), current cancers other than skin cancer, surgery in the last 4-6 weeks. This policy is for your protection, and is strictly enforced.
Always make your therapist aware if you have:
Allergies- Your therapist will make sure you do not come into contact with your allergen
Varicose Veins- It will be necessary to avoid the areas directly over prominent veins
Medications- Certain medications dull your sensitivity to pain, and your therapist will need to account for this with the amount of pressure she uses.
Do you treat children and teens? Yes! A parent or legal guardian will need to accompany minors in order to sign a release form. If you like, you may be present in the treatment room while your child or teen receives his or her massage.
What is your cancellation policy? It is understood that "life happens," and attempts will always be made to work with you to reschedule. Please be kind, and report any schedule changes at least 24 hours in advance so that another client may make use of your appointment time. "No-Call, No-Shows" will be charged full price for treatments.
May I use my medical insurance? Insurance is not currently accepted, but any paperwork you might need to submit to your insurance provider yourself will be available upon request.
How do I use my coupon or gift certificate? If you have a coupon, certificate, or discount, please mention it when booking.Then, simply bring your coupon or certificate with you to your appointment. Coupons saved to smart phones are acceptable.