Frequently Asked Questions: Massage
I don’t have any aches or pains, why should I get a massage?
While massage is great for relieving aches and pains, it is more importantly used help relax, decrease stress and tension, increase circulation, and help detoxify the body. Studies have proved that one hour massage per month will increase you productivity by over 25%, increase you awareness by over 10% and decrease your stress level by a minimum of 15%.
Do I have to completely undress for a massage?
You can undress down to your comfort level or completely undress. Removing all jewelry is ideal. You will be covered at all times throughout your massage by using proper draping techniques that adhere with NYS. Only one part of the body that is being massaged is exposed at a time. The therapist will leave the room to give you time to undress and get under the sheets, so you will never be exposed to the therapist at any time. You are more than welcome to keep your undergarments on, however, this may limit the therapist’s access to a muscle that may need work. It is more effective to completely disrobe for an Ashiatsu Massage.
Do I have to talk during my appointment?
The option is up to you. If you find a conversation more relaxing than silence, don’t be afraid to talk, the therapist/ esthetician will follow your lead. If you prefer silence, and the therapist or esthetician is talking you can say something as “I’m just going to zone out/ be quiet/ rest for a bit” or “Actually, it’s been a hectic day, and I was really looking forward to just being quiet during the treatment”. Your service provider will understand and WILL NOT be offended.
How often should I get a massage?
This is a very complex question because there are a lot of factors that take place in determining how often one should receive a massage. Such factors include cost, time restraints, physical problems, etc. On average clients receive massages 1-2 times a month. This increases if the client has a physical ailment that they are trying to take relieve. Massage, like any treatment, is not a one time occurrence. To see consistent results, sessions should be on a consistent basis.
The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to insult the therapist’s technique. What should I do?
Communicate openly with the therapist. Massage therapy does not have to hurt to be effective. Some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain. In fact, too much pressure can cause muscles to tense up. Here is a good rule of thumb — on a scale of one to ten, where one is no pain and ten is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.
What exactly is Deep Tissue?
There is a difference between deep pressure and deep tissue when it comes to massage. If you have an area that needs specific work in order to relieve tension, trigger points, or adhesions, deep specific work is necessary. Your therapist will use specific, static pressure deep into the muscle to release the tension in that area. Everyone has a different tolerance for deep work, so communication with your therapist is important.