Frequently Asked Questions
"BodyTrippin". Haha, so what's with the goofy business name?
I do believe that once you've had a session in our office, you'll feel like a completely new and improved person, and our business name reflects that. It's not rocket science, but the research out there shows that measurable biological effects occur and the immune system is positively affected by a relaxation massage session. Massage therapy is a 100% non-toxic way to get a total body buzz.
If you are seeking a more clinical approach, I encourage you to experience a more problem-solving route, where you as the client act more as a co-pilot versus a passenger. Using NMR techniques, we will address your nervous system and bring you down to level of chill where your parasympathetic nervous system will kick in and we will test what is actually functioning with your muscles, and what isn't. This discovery process allows us to zone in on musculoskeletal pain symptoms, and treat the problem better.
Are you open Tuesdays?
Of course. Since no one can really plan when pain is going to occur, it is OK if you totally overdid it during Monday's workout. So feel free to make an appointment for the next day.
How should I prepare for my massage session?
Please arrive a little early for your appointment so you are able to get settled in and fill out an intake form. This is a requirement of new clients, and it takes roughly 5 minutes to complete. Account for the time it will take to park and locate the office. Flying in here in a crazed rush probably won't help you smoothly transition into the parasympathetic nervous system mode. In addition, if you just completed a work out session or find yourself a little stinky, feel free to take a shower before coming to the office.
I have absolutely no time management skills. If I am late for my appointment, will I still be able to receive the full session time?
That depends; usually, there are clients scheduled before and after your scheduled time. I may be able to tack on extra minutes at the end, but be forewarned: I cannot cut into another client's session time if there is an appointment right after yours.
What should I expect from my massage experience?
Once you have discussed the plan for your massage with your therapist, you will be given the privacy to disrobe completely (or to whatever level you’re comfortable with) you will then get on the massage table, under the sheets as if you were climbing in to take a nap. Once you are settled and ready for your massage, the therapist will re-enter the room to begin. If at any point anything is uncomfortable please feel free to speak up; communication is key and we want you enjoy your experience. When the massage session time is up, we will again give you the privacy to dress. Our clients remain draped during the session, with only the therapeutic work areas exposed.
Does massage hurt?
In general, massage should not hurt. When we are challenged with chronic pain or injuries such as tendonitis it is often worth a little temporary discomfort for long-term relief. It is completely up to you if you would just like to relax and chill out. However, if you are someone who enjoys a lot of pressure, I can provide as much as your body needs, within your comfort level of course. It is completely OK to speak up about requesting a different level of pressure. Although I am fairly adept at recognizing when you're about to shout "Uncle!", there are times when verbal confirmation of excessive pain is warranted. Again, communication is key. During NMR sessions, you might feel pain referring to other areas of the body, and this is completely normal.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For relaxation, deep tissue, and clinical work, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. If you are receiving a Thai Yoga massage, you remain fully clothed and are encouraged to wear loose-fitting sweatpants or yoga pants, and a long-sleeve T-shirt.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. I always suggest spacing out and relaxing the best you can---thinking about what to buy for dinner, who's going to take the dog out, and all the conference calls you have to make at work tomorrow are not usually ideal thoughts to fill your head up with during a massage session. But, it is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If you fall asleep, all we ask is that you do not drool all over the table or floor. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. We typically use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. If you've requested some "deep tissue" work, the session always begins with lighter pressure initially, and gradually the work involves more pressure as the tissue warms. If you had a massage where you ended up bruised and totally sore the next day, that could be an indication of your therapist's lack of technical skill. It IS possible to receive a deep tissue massage without looking like you went 8 rounds with Mike Tyson the next day. Often, lotion is applied to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. On a side note, I only use lotions and oils that are completely organic and paraben-free. Once again, do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
We try to only use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist's attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand. I believe in using the least amount of known carcinogens, and therefore always use organic and natural products. Please speak up if you prefer your head and/or face to not be massaged. (But you'll definitely be missing out!)
What kind of music do you play?
The usual selection of music that is available is a mix of what I believe relaxes clients pretty well. No, it isn't that awful 'nature sounds combined with bad flutes' you hear walking by the CD department while shopping at Walmart. If you can't relax to anything but hippie fun music or death metal, go ahead and bring it in on your iPod. We have Spotify as well, so just let us know what your preference is. It's your massage, and I want you to be able to relax. By the way, we are also an "Enya-free" zone.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out a health history form before you begin your session. Every new client is required to complete this form, it is not optional, and refusal to do so may result in the session being cancelled. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Even if you fell off your bike when your were 5, I still want to know about it. All of this matters when dealing with past trauma. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
I think I am getting a cold or maybe a fever. Getting a massage will help make me feel better, right?
Wrong! In reality, the opposite is true. When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body's natural defenses. In addition, you could also be spreading awful pathogens around your tissues at an increased rate, thereby making you feel even worse. Plus, we'd rather not get sick either.
How long will a massage treatment last?
You have a choice for your session length=either 60,75, or 90 minutes. For the most complete whole-body massage to take place that does not feel rushed, I always recommend a 75-minute session. We don't offer half-hour appointment, because they are lame and you won't feel the effects of a complete session in that short amount of time. Many people prefer a 75 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. If you present several postural dysfunctions and several pain symptoms, a 90-minute would be the best bet. Try not to schedule anything super important after your massage, because you just won't feel like doing anything afterward but laying on the couch.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Hours later, or perhaps even the next day following a session, you may feel some tenderness due to the brief inflammation that was caused during deep-tissue techniques. For most people, this usually subsides within a day or two. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath to calm muscles after a treatment. If you get into a fender-bender after your massage, that's great! (Because it means you were SO relaxed that you just weren't paying attention!) ...OK, just kidding--but we think you'll feel fantastic after a session with us!
What are the effects of chronic muscle tension?
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. Over time, muscular compensation patterns can set in, and postural distortions can develop. Unattended to postural distortions can subsequently lead to possible joint issues and more pain. I would just get a massage if I were you so you can avoid all of this dreadful stuff.
My skin is so dry and flaky. Should I put lotion on before coming in for a massage?
Actually, please don't. A massage therapy session is one of those rare times where we like you more when you're flaky. Think about it--if you get out of the shower and put a heavy coat of moisturizing lotion on, and then if your session requires the application of more lotion or oil to properly address your muscle issues, you'll become a swampy mess. So please come to the office as goo-free as possible.
Do you accept credit cards? What about FSA cards?
Yes, all major credit cards are accepted for treatment costs using the mobile credit card processing app, Square. As a health care provider, we also accept FSA cards if your place of employment offers that. This is a completely safe and convenient method to submit payment for massage therapy sessions on the spot.
Do you offer pre-natal massage therapy?
Currently, I do not offer pre-natal or pregnancy massage, as it is sometimes referred to. I have a great group of massage therapists that I can refer out for you if you'd like.
Should I talk to the massage therapist during the massage?
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. After all, you're receiving a relaxing treatment, you're not whooping it up at a party! Still, if you want to talk about how bad the economy is and why so-and-so would make a bad president, you have that option as well. You may also feel free to close your eyes and relax, which is what most people do. Deep tissue massage and sports massage are just some of the types of massage that require more feedback. The massage therapist often works on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is not uncomfortable. Be sure to speak up if:
- the room is too hot or too cold
- you experience pain
- you have any questions related to the massage
- the music is just totally annoying
- there's anything you did not mention during the initial consultation that may matter during your treatment
- you forgot about that major surgery you had only 3 months ago and neglected to inform the massage therapist