How will massage therapy benefit me?

Relaxation is the most obvious benefit when receiving a massage treatment. This is the cornerstone of health, resulting in a decreased heart rate and lower levels of stress hormones.

Are there any risks when receiving a full body massage?

There are very few other risks of massage therapy when it is performed by a trained professional. Massage therapy should not hurt, although some individuals, particularly if injured, may experience soreness during and after a massage. Contraindications for massage include open wounds or infections, weak bones due to osteoporosis or as a result of injury, tumors that are in an area to be massaged, nerve damage and blood disorders such as deep vein thrombosis or problems with blood clotting. Any health issues will be discussed before the massage is received.

How long will a treatment last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

How safe is massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is extremely safe. Massage is a natural, drug free, low impact way of helping the body unleash its own healing potential.

How often is it safe to get a massage?

he frequency of treatments is dependent upon your present state of health and circumstances. People who enjoy good health often receive weekly massage to keep themselves feeling healthy. Those seeking relief from chronic pain will benefit from weekly or bi-weekly treatments for 4 to 6 weeks or until the pain has been decreased. Ultimately, maintenance sessions are up to you, your needs and budget.

Does deep tissue massage hurt?

A percentage of recipients do find that a deep tissue massage does hurt and understands that the deep work will begin to promote comfort and relaxation in the long run. Deep tissue massage flushes toxins out of the body which may also result in tenderness of the focus areas. The muscles are directed to work during this type of massage so soreness may also be experienced afterwards. Normally, however this feels like nothing more a good workout at the gym. Drinking plenty of pure water before and after treatment is suggested to help these wastes be eliminated quickly. As a professionally trained massage therapist I encourage communication with you to determine your pain threshold, relay effectiveness and request to reduce or increase the pressure.