Massage – Frequently Asked Questions

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Massage – Frequently Asked Questions 2016-11-15T11:31:15+00:00
Dozens of massage styles exist. The exact style is not as important as the intention of the massage therapist and what your goals or what you are seeking out of the massage. Know what results you want (relaxation, pain relief, injury treatment, better posture, etc.) and choose a massage therapist who intends to get those results.
Massage on healthy tissue feels great. Massage around injured, painful, or tense areas can cause discomfort. It is important to communicate with your therapist during your session if you are uncomfortable. Tell your massage therapist how much discomfort you are willing to tolerate and NEVER let a massage therapist work deeper than you are comfortable with.

Deep tissue or injury treatment massage may leave you feeling sore for a day or two. Always let your massage therapist know how you felt, so he or she can adjust the massage as needed. Remember to drink water, cut down on caffeine and ask your therapist about mild stretching.

During a massage, you may notice that your muscles are sore, even though you had not noticed soreness before the massage. Here’s why: Each cell in your body, including muscle cells, is a tiny factory that takes in nutrition, produces energy, and outputs waste products. For example, contracting muscle cells require an energy source called ATP, which produces lactic acid. Muscles also burn oxygen, which produces carbonic acid, and protein, which produces uric acid.

If your body and circulatory system are working at peak efficiency, these waste products are flushed out of your body. However, often things aren’t working as well as they could because of stress, tension, too little exercise, too much exercise, medical conditions, and many other factors. Then waste products (all that acid and metabolic waste!) build up in your muscles, creating congestion that causes pain on touch. Massage, of course, helps clear out that congestion.

You do not have to do anything you do not want to do. Usually, massage is done with clothes removed, you are draped or covered with a sheet. Often you are asked to undress to your undergarments, however you decide how much you undress, and your massage therapist will work with you. Some styles of massage are performed fully clothed (for example, shiatsu, and onsite chair massage).
A responsible massage therapist asks about your medical history (most massage therapists have you fill out an intake form, in Texas it is a law). Although massage has many wonderful benefits, it is not appropriate for people with some medical conditions and sometimes must be used cautiously.

For example, massage is not recommended if you have a condition involving infection (including cold or flu) because massage might help the infection spread through your body. Massage is also generally not recommended for people with advanced heart, kidney, or liver problems. Other conditions that affect circulation, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, require caution, depending on your overall physical condition.

Obviously, you should not receive massage if you have a contagious condition. If you have a skin rash, know what it is before your massage, because some skin conditions are contagious.

Medications, particularly pain-killers and muscle relaxants (including aspirin), dull your perception of pain and pressure—your massage therapist needs to know your perception may not be accurate to avoid inadvertently using too much pressure.

Information about injuries, traumas, surgeries, and physical activities provide information about where or how you hold tension in your body. Also, specific massage techniques can help the body heal soft-tissue injuries. If you have back pain or certain digestive problems, abdominal massage can be helpful, but it is not appropriate for some medical conditions. Your massage therapist needs to know your complete and up-to-date medical picture to provide informed and safe massage. Be assured that all medical information is confidential.

A trigger point is a tiny area of irritation in a stressed muscle. Trigger points refer pain, weakness, or numbness to either surrounding or distant areas of muscle tissue. The key clue pointing to a trigger point is that applying pressure to a specific point causes you to feel pain or another sensation someplace else. Trigger points result from trauma, exposure to cold or infection, overuse, misalignment, or chronically contracted muscles.
Chronic muscle tension inhibits circulation, which means your muscles (and other tissues) aren’t receiving the nutrition they need and waste products aren’t being taken away. The lack of nutrition and toxic buildup of waste irritate nerve endings, resulting in weakness and pain. This toxicity also taxes your immune system.

Chronic muscle tension also inhibits movement. Movement is accomplished by paired groups of muscles alternately contracting and lengthening to move the bones to which the muscles attach. Chronically tense muscles disrupt the symmetry of balanced forces acting on the skeleton, holding bones out of position and causing misalignments. For every chronically tight muscle, its opposite (the antagonist) is chronically stretched and weak. These unbalanced forces also cause ligaments to become strained as they try to brace misaligned joints. All this makes injury more likely.

Chronic muscle tension also uses up energy, so you fatigue more easily.

The duration of the effects of a massage vary greatly from person to person depending on your physical and mental condition, activities, ability to relax, and ability to heal. If you are receiving massage to help heal injury or to get rid of chronic pain, you usually need to receive weekly massage until you reach that goal.

If you are receiving massage for prevention, health maintenance, or just to feel better, you have more leeway in how often you receive massage. The effects of regular massage are cumulative. A massage every week or two can make a big difference in your overall health and tension levels. Even a monthly massage is beneficial. Make regular massage part of your health maintenance program (along with good nutrition, lots of water and exercise), and you’ll feel better.

Don’t feel pressure to communicate with your therapist, silence can be golden and provide a relaxing and meditative atmosphere. If you feel like chatting, we’ll chat. But if you want to escape in silence, we wholeheartedly support you!
To protect your health and to allow our products to do their best for you, we recommend that you take a moment to shower before your treatment.
All aspects of treatment can usually be modified to your taste: amount of light, kind (or absence) of music, room temperature, and whether or not you choose to have a conversation or enjoy the treatment in silence. If you want the therapist to go deeper or be gentler, let him or her know. Also, feel free to ask questions. Your therapist will appreciate knowing your thoughts and clarifying any issues you may have. If any part of your experience is unsatisfactory, first tell the therapist. If the response isn’t helpful, ask to speak to a supervisor.
Try not to eat for at least an hour before a treatment, and avoid the consumption of alcohol on the day of a treatment. Drink plenty of water before and afterward, especially if heat therapies, such as the hydrotub is part of your day spa experience.
Your Spa treatment fee does not include gratuities, 15 percent for each person who gave you a service is customary, but you may of course leave more or less, depending on the quality of the service. It’s easiest to leave the tip at the reception desk when you pay your bill. If you would rather give it directly to the therapist you are welcome to. Licensed therapist can accept tips however according to Texas regulations students are unable to receive compensation. If you would like to show your appreciation to a student therapist the best way to do so is to rebook with them or refer a friend or relative.
We accept: Cash, Debit, MC, Visa, IBS Gift Certificates, SpaWay,Spa/SalonWish, SpaFinder gift certificates are accepted for services only. Unfortunately we are not able to accept outside gift certificates for products,
CEU classes or tuition payments. We are now able to accept healthcare spending account debit cards as well.

If you have a question that we have not addressed here please feel free to email us and we will add it to our page. We welcome your feedback.