Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your clothes on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then don’t worry about it. Our therapists are highly trained, complete professionals and quite capable of working with the client fully clothes. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table. Note- you will receive the most benefit during the massage if your practitioner is able to use massage oil/lotion on the skin to better affect the muscles.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/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. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. Many people prefer a 60 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
Am I supposed to tip my massage therapist?
If you get a massage at a spa or a hotel, a 15% to 20% tip is standard if you were pleased with the services. On the other hand, there are no real ground rules or norms when it comes to massage in a medical setting. You can always show your appreciation by referring friends, family and co-workers to the massage therapist.
What if I realize I've drooled during the massage?
Many people fall into a peaceful slumber during the massage but when they wake up, they notice a pool of drool on the pillow or massage table. This is very common. It often happens when people are being massaged while lying face down on the massage table. Don't be afraid to ask the massage therapist for a tissue.
I'm self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don't want the massage therapist to see me. What can I do?
People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are:
- I'm overweight.
- I have excessive hair growth on my body.
- I've got acne on my face or back.
- My feet are ugly.
- I have scars.
Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking health care, whether it's visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist. If you're self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask the massage therapist to avoid that area. Or, you can opt for a therapy that is done through clothing, such as Manual Ligament Therapy. Because no massage oil or lotion is used, you remain fully clothed during the session. You can even bring your own comfortable clothes to wear. Just remember to provide complete and accurate information on your health history form, so that the massage therapist is aware of any precautions or contraindications.
What is Manual Ligament Therapy?
Manual Ligament Therapy is a medically tested manual therapy technique utilizing the sensory qualities of ligaments (ligaments hold your bones together) to correct muscular imbalance and dysfunction. The treatment is done wearing sports clothing and involves the active contraction of your muscles against the resistance your practitioner provides. This contraction creates a pulling force that helps realign the collagen fibers in their normal direction, dissolves abnormal adhesions and lengthens shortened tissue.