Some people are familiar with massage. Some are only familiar with certain types. Others have never experienced the wonder of massage. Here are a few questions we hear frequently. If you have others, please contact me and I will do my best to answer them.
Q: Why should I get a massage?
A: Massage is a form of preventative healthcare for some, and aids in recovery and rehabilitation from injured or stressed muslces in other cases. All massage lowers stress. In addition, specific forms of massage can reduce muscle tension, relieve pain, improve circulation as well as promote lymphatic movement. (Your lymph system is key to keeping your immune system healthy!) So, massage is much more than self-indulgence, it is a great way to get your body into a balanced state (mind/body/spirit) and to maintain that balance.
Q: What is Thai Bodywork?
A: Thai bodywork is the traditional massage of Thailand. Performed clothed, on the floor using a mat, the client is taken througha series of movements that are derived from the practice of yoga. This modality is wonderful for anyone with issues involving lack of flexibility in muscles and joints.
Q: Do you have to take off your clothes to get a massage?
A: Table massage does not require you to take off all your clothes. You should only take off as much as will allow you to be comfortable. Remember, of course, that the more accessible the tissue is, the easier and more completely the therapist can work in that area. You will be draped for modesty at all times. Remember, NO Massage Therapist should ever violate your privacy or touch you in an inappropriate manner. If so, they are committing a crime and should be reported.
Q: Does Massage Hurt?
A: No. Massage therapy can produce a sensation often referred to as "good hurt". That's the sort of pain that feels good, like when you get your neck rubbed or kneaded after a stressful day. We draw the line at "bad pain". If a therapist is causing you pain, please alert them immediately. They should immediately alter pressure and position in order to assure you the maximum comfort. Some massage modalities do require deeper pressure. If you do not want deep work, let the therapist know up front so there will be no interrupting your enjoyment of your session.