We are happy to answer questions and discuss any and all questions before your appointment.
* You will be warmly greeted and given a tour of our practice.
* You will fill out an intake form and we will review it together in private, discuss your goals for the session, and answer any questions.
* The therapist will show you to your room and explain clothing options. She will explain the massage table to you and tell you whether she wants you to lie face up or down.
* She will leave the room while you undress to your level of comfort and get on the massage table between two sheets. You will remain covered at all times except for the part of the body that is currently being massaged.
* The therapist will knock on the door before re-entering and check to make sure everything is comfortable for you before the massage begins. Be sure to speak up if the room is too warm or cold, the headrest needs adjusting or if you need water or a tissue. You may also interrupt the massage at any time for something you need including using the bathroom. Plush robes are available for your use. Also, don’t hesitate to let the therapist know if the pressure is too light or too deep or if you are experiencing pain of any sort.
Massage should be treated the same as a doctor’s visit for some of the following reasons:
* Medications can indicate whether you bruise easily or might get dizzy at the end of the massage.
* Surgeries and current conditions indicate which areas of the body to avoid or go lightly.
* Clients may experience more PTSD triggers than a doctor's visit because of smells, music or touch.
* Massage increases blood flow and could reignite the effects of alcohol from the night before.
* What you do for work or exercise helps the therapist determine what might be causing pain and where.
* If you are constipated, you might want to try abdomen massage before taking a pill.
What are the different types of massage? Do I need to pick just one type?
We do offer different services, more for you to understand your options, but we do not strictly limit you. We incorporate a variety of techniques to meet your needs. We use a relaxation (Swedish) massage as a base, and if your goal is to de-stress, that’s where we may stay. If you are have knots, range of motion limitations, headaches, strain from an activity, an overuse injury, or need some extra stretching, we will incorporate additional techniques and deeper work to address problem areas. If, during the massage, you would like to extend the treatment to 90 minutes, that is fine as long as we can accomodate it.
Is a massage painful? I’ve heard stories.
A massage does not need to be deep or painful to be effective. Muscle tightness can be because of stress, not always knots. The therapist will do deep work if it’s necessary, but will always ask if the pressure is comfortable throughout the massage. And don't hesitate to speak up; this is your massage. If you want a purely relaxing massage, request a Swedish massage.
Can I talk during the massage?
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with the therapist. Feel free to close your eyes and relax. That being said, sometimes deep tissue and sports massage require feedback and active movement and instruction.
What do I wear?
This is totally up to you. You may leave on as much or as little as you like. You will be on a table (heated in the winter) between two sheets with a blanket, like bed, and areas of the body not being massaged are covered at all times. It is perfectly acceptable to leave undergarments on; it is perfectly acceptable to remove everything. We do suggest lycra shorts if you would like to do a lot of stretching.
What is most important for the massage therapist?
COMMUNICATION!! This is a partnership—we are working with you to address your needs. Every body is different. Some people can walk over hot coals; others feel pain with the weight of their clothes. The therapist will ask about the pressure during the massage. Please be honest. Don't feel like it should hurt to be effective.
Do I have to listen to rain drop music or whales?
Most people like to “get out of their head” with ethereal music that doesn’t remind them of or be associated with an event. However, you may bring or request any music you like.
What else should I know?
You need to be open-minded. Pain in one area may be the result of injury, tightness, or overuse somewhere else. Several areas may need to be worked. Remember the song . . . the ankle bone's connected to the shin bone--and on up!
Is there anything I need to do after my massage?
You MUST drink water for several hours after your massage!! Not iced tea. Not soda. Not coffee. Water! Massage loosens not only your muscles and joints, but the tissues in your body as well, releasing bound up chemicals, lactic acid and other by products of life. In addition, massage increases blood and lymph flow. You must drink water to flush out your system.
How often should I get a massage?
Like any physical therapy, it depends on what’s wrong. People with specific issues may come every week for a while. Your muscles took years to develop their patterns; one hour will not solve everything. For general stress reduction, relaxation and muscle maintanence, many people come once per month.
What products do you use during the massage?
All oils and lotions are professional grade massage products and are paraben and nut free. If you have other allergies, please let your therapist know before the massage.
What training do massage therapists have?
NH has some of the highest standards for MTs requiring 750 hours of class time and clinical hours, after which the therapist must pass a state exam to become licensed. MTs take classes in Anatomy & Physiology, Hygiene & Pathology, Ethics, and classes on specific types of massage. Therapists also need to continue taking classes to reapply for their license every two years. Janet usually takes at least two hands-on clasess per year to expand her skills.
What is aroma therapy?
Of our five senses, smell is the only one that goes straight to the brain, bypassing other processing centers. Therefore different scents or smells can have a powerful effect on our body. For example, lavender is considered calming and teachers have used it in their classrooms. Mint is considered invigorating and is great while studying or in the office.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call 603-856-4260.