Frequently Asked Questions
Maybe getting a massage is not second nature just yet, so simple questions may arise before or as you're receiving treatment. I've compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you just in case you were wondering. Please feel free to communicate with your massage therapist or other health care practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.
Can I talk during a session? Please feel free to talk with your therapist during your scheduled treatment. In fact, communication during your massage can help the therapist determine the best strategy for meeting your specific needs. Alternatively, you may prefer to sit back, relax and quietly enjoy the experience. Some people are so relaxed, they actually fall asleep. This is okay too.
Should I tip my therapist?
If you are on a steady care plan, it is not required to tip your health-care practioner. In other cases however, gratuities are always appreciated. If you are happy with your treatment, the industry standard for tipping is 15% to 20% of your total service charge. You can tip in cash or add it on to your credit card statement upon checkout.
Will my massage hurt?
The answer is maybe. “Depth” is the term massage therapists use to describe how much pressure they use during the massage session. Some people prefer a lighter massage, where the strokes are flowing and gentle. Others prefer deeper work, where the muscles are checked for trigger points and tightness.
In most cases, the deeper the massage, the more discomfort you will experience. However, a deeper massage is better at alleviating chronic pain problems that build up over time.
Please let your therapist know if the pressure is too deep or too light. Never endure a massage that is too deep or is painful. You will never offend a therapist by asking him or her to take it easy on you.
To take advantage of the full benefits of massage, people with chronic pain or special issues are encouraged to get a massage every week until they feel better. Once achieved, monthly massages will help your muscles maintain pliability.
For those utilizing massage for stress relief or relaxation, we advise monthly massages.
For the best results, discuss all your health and wellness goals with your massage therapist in advance of your session. He or she will help you develop a treatment schedule that is right for you.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. With a Thai Massage it is best to wear loose fiiting clothes such as gym shorts and a sports bra. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.