Q: I've never had a massage before! What should I expect?
A: For your first massage you should arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out a health history form.   

When getting undressed for the massage, many people get undressed to their undergarments or wear nothing. After the client intake, I will step out of the room and let you get undressed and on the table and under the sheets and blanket. I will then go wash my hands and I will knock and make sure you are under the covers before re-entering the room. 

 If you have any questions, before, during or after the massage please do hesitate to ask them. If something is making you uncomfortable, please let me know. During the massage I will be lifting and moving your arms and legs when needed and tucking the sheets in to ensure modesty and comfort. You are completely covered the entire time, except for the body part that I am working on. 

Q: Why is massage beneficial ?
A: There are so many benefits to getting massages. I'll just list a few, massage reduces stress, decreases depression/anxiety, reduces headaches, strengthens your immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps you manage pain, and increases flexibility and these are just some of the reasons!

Q: What is a "knot or adhesions "?
A: The real name for a knot is a myofascial trigger point. These are hyperirritable spots in the fascia (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ). Knots are muscles that have gone into a muscle spasm either due to overuse, or injury. Then that muscle has remained “stuck” in that tense state. Compression of a trigger point may produce sensitivity and/or pain in the area being compressed, or it may be referred to another area of the body.  Communication between the therapist and client is important during your massage so as to use the right amount of pressure.

Q: Is massage always appropriate for me?
A: No. There are numerous medical conditions and issues that would make having a massage inappropriate. We call these "contraindications".  This is why the intake form is so important. Be sure to let me know your health issues and medications you are taking. If you are under the care of a doctor, it is strongly advised that you receive a written note from your doctor okaying your massage treatment prior to any session. 

Q: Why drink water after a massage?
A: Massages are dehydrating you want to replenish what you've lost.!  Then there’s the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced by muscles.  Massage relaxes the tension, releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing metabolic waste to enter into the system.   Drinking water provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate waste.

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