Northwest Massage & Bodywork
Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage take place?

When should I arrive to my appointment? 

Must I be completely undressed?

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?

Will I be covered during the massage?

What parts of my body will be massaged?

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

What should I do during the massage?

How will I feel after the massage?

Why should I drink water after a massage? 

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Should I tip?

Where will my massage take place?
Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

When should I arrive for my appointment?
You should arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your appointment to ensure that you have enough time to complete the intake process with your therapist.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the patient unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire massage.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

Will I be covered during the massage?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
Typically, a full-body massage will include work on your back, arms, hands, legs, feet, neck, and shoulders. With treatment (medically necessary) massages, I will usually just work on the affected area(s). When getting a treatment massage you will most likely need a referral for your Doctor or Chiropractor.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for patients. In a general Swedish massage, it may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you. 

What should I do during the massage?
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the massage (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant. If you have any questions regarding the massage or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask. 

How will I feel after the massage? Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

Why should I drink water after a massage? Lactic acid is a byproduct of your body's use of oxygen and nutrients. During a massage, the lactic acid is pushed out of your muscle and into your bloodstream. Water helps flush your system of anything released during a massage.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? 
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. 

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your massage, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any appointments made. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

Should I tip?  Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of our clients do tip, some do not. Either way, you will get the same level of excellent service whether or not you tip. Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. Massage is considered a service industry, similar to hair salons and restaurants. If you would like to tip your therapist, 10 to 20 percent of the service you received is customary. However, one of the best ways to “tip” us is to refer your friends and family so they too can work towards a healthier future. 

 

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