What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
-Your massage therapist will do everything to ensure your experience is positive and rewarding.
-You may be asked about your reason for massage, physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress level and areas of pain.
-You will be asked to undress to your level of comfort in private and get on the table, draping yourself in the sheet provided on the table.
-The therapist only undrapes the area being worked, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
-You will only undress to your level of comfort
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
-Yes, you will drape yourself with the provided sheet or towel to ensure your modesty is respected at all times.
What do I do during the massage treatment?
-Most techniques are passive and you will just relax into it. If an active technique is to be used, your therapist will explain how you will move to achieve maximum effectiveness.
How long will a massage treatment last?
-Massage treatments can be scheduled for various lengths of time. The most common length is 60 minutes.
Will the massage hurt?
-Different massages will have different expectations. Relaxation massages will not illicit pain, but will cause you to melt away. Deep tissue styles of massage will create “good pain”. This pain will feel like its releasing things within your tissue. If you feel like the pain is too much, your therapist will not be offended if you ask for a little less pressure. This is your massage and should be done within your limitations.
How often should I get a massage?
-This depends on your needs, availability, and budget. Talk to your therapist to address your specific needs and figure out what treatment plan is best for you.
If I want a really deep massage, should I see a male therapist?
-Gender doesn’t matter. It’s a myth that only a man can give a deep massage. Male massage therapists are able to give deeply nurturing and relaxing massages and female therapists are equally able to deliver a depth of pressure that reaches your maximum effectiveness. It all boils down to communication.
Can I talk during my session?
-Absolutely! Your session is exactly that, YOURS. You can talk or remain quiet. Your therapist will take your cues.
Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
-No. You can request the music of your choice or to have nothing at all.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
-Many clients have different experiences. Most leave feeling relaxed and ready to go home and sleep. If you have a deeper massage session, then you may experience a slight soreness for 1-2 days.
How many sessions will I need?
-Your therapist will address your specific needs and figure out what treatment plan is best for you.
When should I not get a massage?
-If you have a communicable disease to avoid spreading it to your therapist and then to all other clients. If you have a fever or feel ill in any way, or if you had a recent surgery.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
-It’s very common. The increase in blood flow and a relaxed state can signal a partial or full erection. Don’t worry! Over time the body becomes familiar with the process and erections will no longer be an issue.
What is the difference between a massage for relaxation and a sports massage?
-A relaxation massage is meant to be a serene and calming massage. A sports massage is meant to carefully ease out all those strained muscles below the surface.
The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to insult the massage therapist. What should I do?
-Your massage session is yours. We will never be insulted. Just let us know and we will adjust to meet your massage goals.
What should I do if I get ticklish during a massage?
-The therapist can quickly remedy this by working through a sheet or towel.
Why do I sometimes get a headache after a massage?
-There are many reasons why this could happen, but the most common would be a lack of hydration before the massage. Another common reason would be a healing crisis which is when the body is trying to move too much metabolic waste to quickly from the body.
Is it normal to bruise once in a while after a massage?
-Sometimes bruising can occur in people with fairer skin or with older clients with thin skin and aging capillaries. Just be sure to inform your therapist so that the next session they will apply a bit less pressure.
Sometimes I fall asleep on the table. Does that make things difficult for the therapist?
-Absolutely not. This is a compliment to the therapist. Our goal is to bring your relaxation and relief during your session, so falling asleep is the ultimate relaxation. We will just continue working and will wake you when the session is over.
Why does my therapist always tell me to drink lots of water after the massage is over?
-Working out all those “knots” releases metabolic waste into the body. Water will help flush it out of your system.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
-There are many benefits to massage therapy including increased relaxation, greater mobility of the joints, decreased muscle tightness, and improved circulation.
How soon will I see results?
-You will begin seeing results immediately. A deeper sense of relaxation and a more “open” feeling within the body is noticed from the moment you get up from the table.
Do you only treat people with chronic pain?
-No. People come for a variety of reasons. It is our desire to meet each and every client’s goal.
How do I book an appointment?
-Simply call the front desk and they will be more than happy to get you scheduled.
What is the appointment availability?
-Because this is a school and the clinic is based on the students doing their clinic time, the schedule with vary with how the students sign up.
What is the cost of a massage session?
-The cost depends on the length of the session. It is much less expensive because you are working with students. When you call in to schedule, you can ask what the current rates are.
Does my extended healthcare insurance cover the cost of my treatments?
-Flex pay covers massages with a licensed massage therapist, but because this is a student, flex pay will most likely not cover it.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
-In most cases no. During your intake interview with your therapist, any health issues will be discussed. If your therapist feels a referral is necessary, then your massage will be rescheduled to a time after you have spoken to your doctor.
What are the education requirements of a licensed massage therapist?
-In the state of New Hampshire, students are required to complete a minimum of 750 hours of education in the field, followed by a state test for licensure.
Do you sell gift certificates?
-We do! Just speak to your therapist or front office personal and they will be happy to assist you.
What is your cancellation policy?
-A 24 hour cancellation is required or you will be charged for the session.
If I am sick with a cold or flu, should I still come to my appointment?
No, we wouldn’t want to spread any viruses. Please call and let us know and we will reschedule you to a new date.