Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a massage?
When you first arrive at the massage therapist’s office, you’ll be asked to complete a client intake form. This provides the personal information necessary to determine the style of massage most appropriate for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything you’re unsure about or any concerns you might have. For example, if you prefer a lighter or deeper massage, make that preference known. The massage therapist will discover your tight and sore areas during the massage and will prioritize the time spent on these areas. Telling the therapist about these problem areas will let them prepare in advance. When you’ve completed the intake forms, the massage therapist will give you privacy to get on the massage table. The therapist will advise you to begin the massage lying on your stomach or on your back. If you begin on your stomach, there will be a cushioned doughnut-shaped device at one end of the table. This face rest allows you to be face down, while keeping your shoulder and neck muscles relaxed so you receive the most benefits from the massage.
how often should I receive a massage?
At least one session a month is recommended for stress prevention and muscle management, but more may be needed during physically stressful periods. Weekly sessions may be necessary for injury relief or chronic tightness.
Do I need to know what type of massage techniques that will work best for me?
No, If you explain to your therapist what your concerns are and what expectations you want, along with your medical history intake form, the therapist will suggest or use the proper techniques for your situation. Most of our massages use a combination of Swedish, Deep tissue, Neuromuscular, Myofascial Release, stretching and other modalities. These techniques are chosen by the massage therapist depending upon the muscle condition, comfort level, tissue response, personal preference, dysfunction level and intended goals. The therapist can smoothly switch techniques as the conditions warrant and most often, the client is not even aware that a change has taken place.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, we work by appointment only to guarantee that we have a therapist ready for your appointed time. If you need a same-day appointment, it’s best to call as early as possible. Most of our therapists are booked daily but we will try to honor any same-day requests as best as we can.
Do you guys accept insurance?
Unfortunately, no. We are currently working towards being able to offer those payment options. But as of right now, we are a self pay facility.
Am I expected to tip my massage therapist?
Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. If you have received exceptional service and would like to show your appreciation to the therapist, the average tip ranges between 10-25%. From the therapist’s perspective, it is always nice to receive the compliment of a “thank you for good service” gratuity. If paying with a credit card or check, the tip can be added to the total. The therapist will receive 100% of their tip, less required taxes.
Prepare for your appointment
Here are a few tips on how you can prepare for your massage appointment to receive the best results.
Workout before you massage, not after.
A massage after working out can help with recovery. Plus, your muscles are already relaxed and warmed up for the massage. However, if you work out after your massage, you may be more prone to injury because your muscles are so relaxed.
Take a shower before your visit.
Of course, you might not be able to take a shower right before you visit the massage parlor, but it is nice to take one at least within a couple of hours of your appointment. If you're coming after work or rushing from somewhere, though, your therapist will understand.
However, you don't need to worry about shaving your legs or getting a pretty pedicure. Just come as you are! Also, skip any perfumes, colognes, or aftershaves, which can be strong in a small room.
Drink enough water to be hydrated before and after the massage.
While you don't necessarily need to drink extra water, you should drink enough that you're hydrated. Staying hydrated before and after the process can only help. Men should drink 15.5 cups (3.7 L) of water per day, while women should drink 11.5 cups (2.7 L) a day. However, if you drink when you're thirsty, you should be fine
wait at least an hour after eating to get a massage.
If your stomach is full, you're not going to be comfortable for your massage. Let your body have time to digest, and you'll have a much better time. However, it's a good idea not to go to your appointment ravenous, as that will make you uncomfortable, too.
Make sure you inform us at intake or prior of any allergies, preexisting conditions, and any other conditions in your medical history.
During massages, therapists may apply oils to your skin to help with the massage process. However, if you are allergic to a certain oil, powder, or lotion, they'll switch to something else.