Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently Asked Questions
You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
The Massage Therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
Your session will be conducted by a trained professional who has received proper training, in a variety of techniques. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable room of your choice. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Bone spurs (osteophytes) are bony projections that form along joint surfaces. It’s the body’s way of increasing the surface area of the joint to better distribute weight when it has been damaged by arthritis or other conditions. Bone spurs can become restrictive and painful. Since this is an actual bone modification, massage therapy can’t change it; however, massage can soothe pain and help reduce swelling that may accompany bone spurs. Massage and gentle stretching can help maintain the knee joint’s range of motion. It can also relax the surrounding muscles; increase circulation to the joint and local area to bring in fresh oxygen and nutrients; and remove waste products from the cells.
Patient information gives the massage therapist insight into a patient's primary complaint, current health, lifestyle and medical history. Asking a patient about their physical condition allows the therapist to focus the direction of treatment. If, for example, a patient has a past surgical history such as lumbar fusion, laminectomy, or a medical device (inserted under the skin) that dispenses pain medication, etc., the massage therapist will know what techniques may be contraindicated. Knowledge about lifestyle -- whether a patient is athletic, a weekend warrior, or spends long hours typing on a computer -- gives clues about possible muscular imbalances and stress patterns, and pain caused by stress is addressed differently than pain caused by injury. Some massage techniques are more responsive than others in patients with high stress levels. So, you can see how these questions might help a massage therapist in his/her approach to treatment.