Q1. When receiving a massage, is it necessary to completely disrobe?
A1. The client undresses to their comfort level. Most times when receiving a full body massage or when targeting certain areas, it is more beneficial to the client if clothing is removed so the therapist can work deep into the muscle.
Q2. Why should I receive massage therapy?
A2. Massage therapy is beneficial in many ways and helps every system in the body perform and maintain properly. It boosts the immune system, increases flexibility and circulation, reduces stress, decreases pain from nerve impingement, improves alertness, decreases pain and discomfort from head to toe, plus improves muscle recovery after a hard workout and so much more.
Q3. How often should I receive a massage?
A3. Statistically, the national average is every 5 weeks. Clients will determine how often they come by listening to their bodies, receiving a therapeutic massage on an "as needed" basis and what their budget will allow. Regular clients may come once a week to once a month to every other month.
Q4. Is an hour always necessary to relieve all pain and discomfort?
A4. No, It depends on the location of the pain or discomfort and the frequency of the pain as well as the length of time the pain has occurred, acute vs. chronic. Chronic pain usually needs longer, unless maintaining the issue with regular shorter sessions on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. Acute pain can be relieved in shorter sessions, especially headaches, stiff neck, or shoulder tension.
Q5. What is the proper etiquette to tip a therapist?
A5. It is not mandatory, but is very much appreciated if the client tips the therapist 15 - 20% of the massage rate.
Q6. What is the difference between Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage?
A6. Relaxation Massage is full body with featherlike stroking to relax the body. Therapeutic Massage is used to improve the function of the body and relieve pain and discomfort with deeper strokes, positional release, trigger point therapy and/or myofascial release.