Massage Therapy Questions

  1. What are the benefits of massage therapy?
  2. Should massage therapy hurt?
  3. Do I have to be completely undressed?
  4. What if I have to go to the bathroom during the massage?
  5. How do I pay?
  6. What kind of oil do you use?  Do I have to have oil on my body?
  7. How do I know if you can bill my insurance?
  8. Do you work with Motor Vehicle Accident insurance?  (MVA Insurance)
  9. What if I get cold during the massage?
  10. Should I show up early for my massage?
  11. Does massage provide stress relief?
  12. Does massage manage high blood pressure?
  13. Do you treat patients suffering from accident or injury?
  14. Do you work with babies and children?
  15. How often should I get massages?

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

There are a myriad of benefits to receiving massage, whether it’s once a week, once a month, or once every couple of months!

One of the biggest effects of massage is that it reduces stress.  Stress is a main contributing factor to many other symptoms and dis-eases, sometimes inexplicable.  In additions, massage encourages relaxation.  For many of us, taking a couple hours to relax, breath, and be present in our bodies for just a couple hours on a regular basis can make a huge difference to our well-being.  By relaxing key muscles, massage can also help to improve posture.  Massage improves circulation, which thereby speeds up healing, and lowers blood pressure.  Muscles are relaxed, and flexibility and range-of-motion are improved.  Has your neck ever been so tight that you can hardly turn your head to look out the driver’s side window when making a turn?  Massage can also help with that!  Massage can reduce headaches, strengthen the immune system, aid post-operative rehabilitation, improve rehabilitation after injury, promote deeper and more relaxed breathing, and manage the chronic pain that accompanies arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines.  All that said, massage contributes to our general well-being, and we don’t always have to have a specific good reason to lie down and tune into our muscles for an hour! Back to Top.


Should massage therapy hurt?

Everybody has a different pain thresh-hold.  That said, when I apply deeper work to your muscles, I check in as necessary and also welcome you to give me any feedback that would improve your experience, whether it’s to go deeper, lighten up, stay longer in an area.  Most of the time I can sense the correct amount your muscle is willing to tolerate, but in cases of inflammation or nerve issues it is sometimes more convoluted.  I also welcome you to just let me know how you’re doing in the moment, even if no change is necessary.  This is your massage, and I hope that you will enjoy the experience as well as feel that it has made some lasting difference in how your body feels.


Some people prefer to experience a little discomfort during a massage because they feel “it’s really doing something,” while for others touch is almost unbearable.  Different muscles in the body will also experience pressure in varied ways, for instance, deep pressure on the back muscles feels very different from the same amount of depth on muscles of the calf.


I have adopted the pain scale as a clear way to communicate about massage pain.  I tell my clients to let me know if their discomfort exceeds an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale, (with 0 being no pain and 10 being the most they could tolerate at that moment) to please let me know! Back to Top.


Do I have to be completely undressed?

You undress, or dress, to you level of comfort.  Your body will always be covered up by a sheet and/or blanket with the exception of the area I am working on.  That said, if you prefer to remain covered at all times, I can work through the sheets applying pressure points.  Your private areas will always be covered, and if you choose to leave your undergarments on that is your choice. Back to Top.


What if I have to go to the bathroom during the massage?

It is best not to drink much just before a massage.  That said, if you need to get up and go to the restroom, it is no problem to pause the session.  There is a private bathroom just down the hallway, and I have a bathrobe available for the occasion! Back to Top.


How do I pay?

I accept cash, checks, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or you may pay thru PayPal via my website or through a direct request via e-mail. Back to Top.


What kind of oil do you use?  Do I have to have oil on my body?

I use unscented, organic Jojoba Oil on your skin.  I use a scant amount, and rarely get it in your hair.  Jojoba does not go rancid, nor does it leave stains on clothing if used in small amounts.  Best of all, it’s really good for your skin, and you may be aware that it’s a common ingredient in many natural skin and hair products!  If you prefer to use no oil or to bring in your own oil or lotion I am happy to accommodate.  I use unscented lotion on your hands and feet. Back to Top.


How do I know if you can bill my insurance?

I will call your insurance provider or claims adjuster before our first session to verify your eligibility.  If you are leaving a voice-mail or written message and feel comfortable including your health plan name, ID number, and date of birth, this will expedite the process. Back to Top.


Do you work with Motor Vehicle Accident insurance?  (MVA Insurance)

Yes, I can work with your MVA claim, and the benefits of massage after a traumatic accident are extremely beneficial.  Whiplash injury is treatable with massage, though in an actor state I initially work with a lighter touch and incorporate more CranioSacral Therapy. Back to Top.


What if I get cold during the massage?

It is common for our bodies to cool down as they relax.  I have different blanket options, as well as an adjustable thermostat and a BioMat heating pad on the table. Back to Top.


Should I show up early for my massage?

It is common practice to show up early for an appointment, especially if it’s your first one.  I schedule such that I will have enough time between appointments for you to fill out intake forms, etc. without the need to come early.  In fact, if you come earlier than scheduled the building may be locked or you may need to wait for me to finish with another client. Back to Top.


Does massage provide stress relief?

One of the main reasons many people opt for massage therapy is to provide stress relief.  In addition to pain relief and tension reduction, massage has been proven as an antidote to the effects of a busy life.  It has been shown that mental stress causes a myriad of physical symptoms in our bodies, and regular massage – ranging from once a week, once every two weeks, to once a month, can provide a good preventative does of relaxation! Back to Top.


Does massage manage high blood pressure?

Massage therapy is one effective method of staving off high blood pressure naturally.  Long-term studies has shown that a consistent massage program has the ability to decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure.  It can also decrease cortisol stress-hormone levels, as well as lowering depression, anxiety and hostility.  There are many benefits to lower blood pressure;  lowered depression, anxiety and hostility, stress hormones are kept under control, and lower blood pressure lowers the odds of having a stroke, kidney failure, or heart attack. Back to Top.


Do you treat patients suffering from accident or injury?

Yes.  If you have an MVA claim I will bill for massage treatments.  Massage can be very beneficial immediately after an accident, but if you wait a few days to a few months it will still offer beneficial effects.  I have trained specifically to treat Whiplash Injury, some knee injuries,  and frozen shoulder, and apply therapeutic sports massage techniques to other areas of the body to relieve deep and persistent tension.  Massage is beneficial to any injury, improving the speed of healing by increasing circulation and moving lymphatic fluids through the tissues. Back to Top.


Do you work with babies and children?

Yes, I work with people of all ages.  Babies and children can hold a lot of tension in their muscles.  I’ll often work with parents to show you exercises you can do at home with your baby.  Conditions such as colic and torticollis can often be improved by working gently on the muscles around the neck and skull.  Older children and teenagers also frequent my office – carrying backpacks, playing sports, sitting at desks and computers – these activities can all contribute to sore and tense muscles. Back to Top.


How often should I get massages?

This is up to you and what you feel you can afford financially and time-wise.   Many people find that coming in once every two or three weeks is a great way to keep the symptoms of stress and tension at bay.  For others, once a week or once a month.  If you have sustained an injury, more frequent visits at first may be beneficial, then tapering off.   What ever the case, I am willing to work out a plan that works well for you.  That said, some folks prefer to make their appointments on an as-needed basis, which is also a great way to go! Back to Top.


Do You Have More Massage Therapy Questions?

Please feel free to call me at  at 541-684-0066 or send me your massage therapy question with this online form.  Thank you!