Services: First Time, What to Expect & Modalities

First time? 

You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out your health history and have time to talk with your therapist about your massage. You will need to share any pertinent information about your health. Prior accidents, injuries and surgeries can affect your body (even if they occurred several years ago) and can be important to share. We ask about your occupation as well as your hobbies because it affects your body on a daily basis. Your therapist will assess your needs, posture issues and explain exactly what to expect during your massage. 

For your massage you are asked to undress to your comfort level, which means leaving your underwear on or not, again whichever makes you comfortable. You are covered with a sheet and blanket and only the area being worked will be exposed. 

What to Expect?

We always check in with you regarding our pressure. While we are working on you we ask that you tell us on a pain scale of 1-10 that we never surpass a 7 on the scale. During the deeper, specific treatment, it is best to take a deep breath allowing your body to relax, therefore the muscle will relax. This will also alert the therapist that this area is tender. ALWAYS tell us if it’s too much or even if you would like MORE pressure applied. Our therapists need feedback in order to meet your needs.

During the session, the therapist may ask you more questions about your daily living, stress, posture, sleeping habits, etc.  We discuss issues that affect us, they are usually due to stress, posture and dehydration. It is very apparent that we hold stress in certain areas of our bodies and sharing this (not your specific stress issues) will help inform us how best to treat your body.

After your massage, your therapist will discuss water intake (1/2 your body weight in ounces each and every day (minimum) will hydrate your muscles as well as make you feel better overall. 
Suggestions for intake: set an alarm every hour and drink 5 oz, this will get you about 80 oz per day. Another options is to drink up to 16 oz at each sitting, this will allow more intake as your body can’t process more than 16 oz per hour.

Something to think about: 
Come hydrated to your appointment and this will allow you to get the most release out of your massage treatment.

Different modalities used during your treatment with us:

Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is used to warm up the tissue with techniques like petrissage (kneading), effleurage (light strokes) and tapotement (tapping). It can decrease muscle tension, reduce stress, increase circulation, and promote overall relaxation. The pressure is fairly light, in general. 

Deep Tissue: A deeper form of Swedish massage with heavier pressure into the belly of the muscle.

Prenatal Massage: During pregnancy, aches and pains are felt throughout the body, usually lower back pain is the main complaint. This treatment can be administered anytime after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Your 60 minute massage is based on your needs, most women want a full body. After about 14-16weeks of pregnancy, the client can no longer lie on their stomach. We use a body pillow for you to hug while you are lying on your side. Usually about 20 minutes of massage on each side and then 20 minutes on your back with a pillow propping either your hip or shoulder to take pressure off of your heart. 

Neuromuscular Therapy(NMT): After warming up the body with various Swedish techniques, your therapist will treat your areas with a more specific, localized treatment, targeting the problem area or specific muscle. Special attention will be applied to the tendons (which attach muscle to bone) on both ends of the muscles as well as the belly of the muscle. Pressure (up to a pain scale of 7, as described under "First Time") will be applied holding the region for 12-15 seconds which may release the tight band (TB) or Trigger Point (TrP). The area being treated will be visited and checked 3-4 times which may or may not release. Endorphins are released and are the body’s natural way to fight pain and discomfort and can cause light headedness or dizziness. Generally, these areas will release over the next 24-36 hours and tenderness is common. Always hydrate after a massage and use ice for pain as needed. This particular type of work is considered therapeutic and rehabilitative.

Trigger Point (TrP): Is a hyper-sensitive spot in a muscle that refers pain directly into itself or into another area. Please tell your therapist if you experience this referral pain at anytime during your treatment. It can be felt as pain, heat, a dull ache, sensitive skin as well as goose bump like sensations.

Myofascial Release - (MFR) Fascia is connective tissue that wraps, surrounds and forms muscles, creating stability and aiding in movement.  Releasing fascia incorporates a very subtle warming, deep stretching from head to toe and side to side depending on how the fascia is bound.