Yes and no. For a number of physical and stress related problems, massage can have an immediate impact. Every day, clients who come in stressed out, sore neck, tight back, etc. leave feeling a lot better than when they came in.However, if you have ever had the experience of getting a massage and not notice an immediate difference in your body after, you are not alone.
Sometimes the effects of the session take time to manifest. You may walk out feeling that you still have the issue you came in with but when you wake up the next day it is resolved.Sometimes you won't notice a significant difference, even after a day or more. That happens because some of the positive effects of massage are cumulative. In other words, the more massage you get, the more benefit it generally has.
While many studies have been done showing the benefits of massage to treat a wide range of ailments, the problem with this research is that the studies follow participants over a course of many massages, usually during a period of eight weeks or more. Unfortunately, most people can't or won't commit to a series of eight or more treatments.
Instead, they come in for a single session and hope to get the same results as if they had been coming in regularly. While you can get results from a single session, you will only get the maximum benefit from massage if you come in regularly. That doesn't mean you have to come in weekly, although that is optimal. Even a monthly treatment can be effective in turning massage into a regular part of your life.
I realize that not everyone has the time or inclination to make massage more than an occasional event. I am just as happy to welcome clients who come in once a year as those who visit more frequently. I need you to have realistic expectations as to the benefits if you chose to visit less often.
If you do decide to become a regular client please take advantage of my discounts & specials. They are a great way to make your sessions more affordable per treatment.
How do I properly prepare for a massage?
~ Drink lots of water (at least half your body weight in ounces)
~ Consume regular, healthy meals
~ Get adequate rest
~ Make sure you are in good health (see Contraindications)
Why is water so important before & after massage?
Water before & after massage helps the body flush out any accumulated materials in the muscles which were released during the massage. Especially in the case of deep tissue massage, massage stimulates circulation in the body while expressing water, salt, and other minerals from the muscles, and circulation is designed to carry away waste materials generated by cells. By providing the body with plenty of water, massage clients can help sweep away these waste materials; otherwise, they might build up, causing muscle aches and soreness after a massage.
What if I am uncomfortable during my massage?
The most common reason people have bad massage experiences are because they didn't want to say anything to their therapist during their massage. If you are too hot or cold, the music is too loud or soft, or the touch is too hard or not hard enough, or if you feel uncomfortable in any way, do not hesitate to let me know immediately. My table is equipped with a heating pad in colder months, and everything from the music volume in the room to the angle of your face rest is adjustable. I will never be offended if you make a request to turn up the heat, add a blanket, or adjust the table, pressure or music during your session.
Do I have to be completely undressed for table massage?
See individual massage descriptions for further details. It is highly beneficial, but not required. You may dress down to your comfort level (nude, undergarments, shorts, pants, etc.). Rest assured you will receive massage in a professional setting under the utmost modest consideration.
What About Tipping?
The usual tipping range is 10-20% of the regular cost of services.Just like hair stylists, manicurists, or others providing personal services it is customary to tip massage therapists as they rely on tips as a portion of their living.
After my last massage, I felt a little sore around some of the muscles that my therapist worked on... why?
A Massage Therapist who works with you therapeutically may have to use several techniques specially designed to break up adhesions (knots/tender spots) and hypertonic muscles (tight muscles). As the adhesions are broken up during the course of massage therapy sessions, the body will naturally channel them out. Under these special techniques, muscles will learn to regroup and begin to "find their place" again. During this process you may feel sore after one or two sessions, but you will notice during each progressive session that the muscles will feel less and less tender.