Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between Therapeutic and Clinical Massage?
Therapeutic or “spa” massage is usually a head to toe relaxation massage. Clinical massage concentrates on specific problem areas. We are trained to work on very specific soft tissue problems. Clinical massage provides a medical approach, which enables us to work with your physician’s diagnosis and provide the optimal treatment for you.
2. How often should I get a massage?
Massages are cumulative. The more consistent your treatment schedule is, the more benefit you receive. There is no general plan for everyone. Your therapist can advise you about a plan that best fits your individual needs.
3. What should I wear for my massage appointment?
You are asked to remove only what you are comfortable removing, (leaving your underwear on). Your modesty and comfort come first.
4. Why should I drink water after a massage?
The massage releases your body’s natural toxins. If these toxins are not flushed from your system, they can cause symptoms such as headache and nausea. They can also return to problem areas and reverse the benefit of the massage.
5. How much water should I consume? Can I drink something in my water like tea?
Normally you should drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Your body perceives anything other than water as calories and will need to digest them. Therefore, it will take longer for your body to benefit from the water in the tea or other drink.
6. Why should a stretching routine follow as part of my massage therapy treatment plan?
Stretching prolongs the benefits of the massage. A regular stretching routine between massage treatments can decrease problematic symptoms, increase flexibility, and reduce the frequency of treatments.
7. Who can benefit from massage?
Age is not a factor. We are trained to work with people of all ages – infants to elderly. If you suffer from chronic problems or a recent injury, massage can help. Massage can benefit people with headaches, back and neck pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, plantar fascitis, and wrist and hand disorders.
8. When should I not receive massage therapy?
If you have a cold/flu with fever, sunburn/rash, or if you have sustained an injury within 72 hours of the treatment. When in doubt, ask your physician.