Frequently Asked Questions
What should I
expect when I arrive for my first session?
You will be greeted by your therapist, and then will fill out a health form,
indicating your reason for the visit, and listing injuries, chronic
health conditions, etc. This information is confidential.
What do I wear?
Your therapist will leave the room while you undress to your level of
comfort and get on the table under the sheet. Only one area at a
time will be uncovered to work on, and nothing private will be
How often should I get
body knows when you need a boost. If you are injury-prone, and
training for an Ironman, once a week is not too often. Once a month is
a great maintenance schedule, in tandem with a healthy routine of
self-care for most recreational athletes. Listen to your body.
a chronic condition is painful, the body sends many subtle signals that
extra care is required. One benefit to regular sessions is that you
catch trouble spots before they can become dibilitating. A massage
a complete body scan. Many clients say, "I didn't know I was sore
An affordable peak performance package is twice within
10 days before an event, and once the week after.
said that, the more you train, or travel to give presentations to board
meetings, or take care of The Brady Bunch without Alice's help, the
more you benefit from massage. During competition, Olympic swimmers
might be on the massage table a lot.
Torres books a massage three times a week."
What are the
benefits? How can it help?
works by moving the blood to remove toxins and flush the
tissues with oxygen and nutrients. Massage decreases stress, a leading
cause of illness. You will enjoy better circulation, a more balanced
energy, deeper muscle relaxation, and a reduced chance of injury.
Does massage hurt?
Massage should be an enjoyable experience. Most techniques are
soothing, and all facilitate the goal of relaxation. For deep tissue
work, we aim for a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is "ouch, please
stop" and 1 is "I can hardly feel that." You are the best judge of the
appropriate pressure, so we ask for feedback from first-time clients,
or if we encounter soft tissue that feels stressed. We work with you -
not on you.
How will I feel after the session?
Most people feel an increased sense of well-being and relaxation. Some
experience release of long-term aches and pains caused by tension or
repetitive motions. Some experience increased energy, some feel like
taking a long nap. Most experience heightened awareness and a greater
sense of productivity for days after a session. Since metabolic waste
and toxins stored in body tissues are flushed from the body during a
massage, it is helpful to drink more water in the days following your
Will my insurance cover massage sessions?
More and more insurance policies cover massage when prescribed by a
physician or physical therapist. As the American medical industry
validates the benefits of massage by incorporating it into standardized
treatment, more people injured in car accidents, or in job-related
activities are receiving the bodywork they need. If your insurance
covers chiropractic or osteopathic services, the services of a bodywork
professional may also be covered when prescribed by a chiropractor or
there any conditions that would not be helped by massage?
Though massage is extremely safe, there are a few health issues to be
aware of. Unmedicated high blood pressure and any vein conditions are
contraindicated. If you are under a doctor's care, it is advised that
you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to your session.
feel as if you might be coming down with a cold, or feel flu-like
symptoms, you will not want to receive a massage. Increasing blood and
lymph circulation may spread the bacteria or virus more readily through
the body, and may make you more ill. The best idea is to rest up, drink
plenty of water, get your vital nutrients, and reschedule your massage
for 5 - 7 days after your immune system has had a chance to do its job.
Also, if you have been recently injured, or have
experienced extreme muscle trauma within the last 24 - 48 hours, deep
tissue massage would be avoided in favor of a gentle session.
What are your rates?