FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Physical Benefits of Massage
- Ease of discomfort or Pain!
- Balances the nervous system; relieves stress and aids relaxation
- Decreases muscle tension and stiffness; daily activities are once again enjoyable when your body movements are eased
- Promotes faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy!
- Enhances athletic performance
- Speeds healing after surgery or injuries; reduces pain and swelling; lessens formation of excessive scar tissue
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing; overall wellness and revitalization is enhanced when your body tissues receive adequate oxygen
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids; strengthens the immune system
- Improves posture; proper movement and position required of you in your day!
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Cultivates a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Ease mental stress; enhances your capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Encourages your awareness and appreciation of the mind-body connection
- Improves your ability to monitor stress signals as they arise and respond appropriately
- Emotional Benefits
- Lessen anxiety
- Lessens depression
- Calms your busy mind
- "Me Time" find solace in at a slower pace
- Increase your overall sense of well-being
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS
Tangible results are usually seen early in treatment. Some people experience incredible ease of pain and improved perceived quality of life after only one massage treatment, but commonly it is reported that after three or four treatments, clients are enjoying decreased physical discomfort and anxiety, substantial reductions in stress symptoms and overall improved outlook on life.
Many factors are at play when determining how quickly you will see results – including the severity of your injury or condition, your overall health upon beginning treatment, unforeseen life events that may come along to either aid, detract or change your course once we begin treatment and compliance with the self-care programs that are suggested to you along the way.
DO YOU ONLY TREAT PEOPLE DEALING WITH CHRONIC PAIN?
No! Though my focus is on providing ease of chronic pain, we also work with people recovering from acute and sub-acute injuries from either work or recreational time. As well, I help people who are receiving massage therapy as a part of their healthcare for maintenance of wellness and stress reduction. Will work in tangent with physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other massage therapist.
Massage therapists are educated in treating a vast array of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Athletic Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Postural Deformities - Scoliosis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Headaches / Migraines
- Scar Tissue
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Herniated back (disc)
- Scoliosis Chronic Pain
- Iliotibial Band
- Sports Injuries
- Sprains & Strains
- Low Back Pain Stress-related disorders Degenerative Disc Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Tension / Spasm
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
Simply Book online at massagebook.com/recoveryhealthdayspa. Alternatively (TEXT ONLY) at 901-300-0641 and I will be happy to find a available date and time. Massage is available by scheduled appointment only. Click Book Online to schedule and a massage appointment online.
What happens at the first appointment?
Please arrive "NO MORE THAN 10 MIN EARLY", this is the "NO WAIT ZONE"! During your first appointment, you will be required to complete a form it will take about 5 minutes to complete.
We will then discuss your current concerns and goals for your massage therapy treatments. Some of the questions that I will ask you during our interview may seem unrelated to massage, however, please realize that the body is complex in its connections and that often something may seem unrelated when in actuality it is connected to the cause of your stress or discomfort.
It is my job to thoroughly assess the puzzle pieces in order to plan your massage treatments most effectively. It is also my responsibility to modify your treatments in cases of contraindications or safety concerns, so a thorough inventory of your health is crucial in allowing me to provide you with the best massage plan possible.
During our talk, I will also be assessing your posture, the quality of your movements and may perform specific physical tests with you to help me clarify the potential causes of your discomfort. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have during this time.
Do I Need To Get Undressed For My Treatment?
Depending on the primary techniques, you may or may not need to undress.
For techniques that require the application of oil or lotion, direct skin contact is ideal. You will be asked to undress to your comfort level, and you may choose to wear underwear or not (just be sure to stay under the sheet). I will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress, and get on the massage table, covering yourself with a sheet and blanket. I will then knock before I re-enter the room. I undrape only the area being worked on – your modesty is maintained throughout your massage or body treatment.
It is not recommended, but it is also possible to do a full and thorough session with clothing on. I suggest that you bring a sport bra and shorts, or other moveable, comfortable type of clothing if you wish to receive your treatment with clothes on.
What Should I do during the massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable and lay there!
You will relax during most of your treatment on a massage table designed for stability and comfort. We will ensure that you are comfortable and warm throughout your treatment by having pillows, heat and a blanket available. Relaxing music is played to help you unwind and focus on the changes occurring in your body.
It is helpful to focus on your breathing – take nice deep breaths in and out during your session to help your mind and body relax and to oxygenate your cells.
If I need you to adjust your position I will either move you (for instance, lift your arm) or will tell you what position I need you to move into (for instance, turning from lying on your tummy to your back). Let me know at any time, if you need to change your position to make yourself more comfortable. For instance, massage therapy can easily be done when you are lying on your side, if your pain prevents you from being on your stomach or back. Please verbalize to me what is comfortable for you!
Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk or sleep. It’s your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will massage therapy session feel?
Massage techniques on healthy tissue usually feels very good. The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply and relax.
Working in an area of injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens in the first few minutes. I am trained in a multitude of techniques which will work to minimize discomfort and I will work carefully within what feels right to you.
Always tell us if you feel any discomfort, so that I can adjust the techniques that I am using. The saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is not precisely true for bodywork! I will ask you for feedback throughout your session to be sure that we are working in a zone of ‘therapeutic tenderness’ – this sensation is described as ‘hurts so good’ – a level of tenderness that you can breathe through comfortably, and that dissipates rather quickly as we work, essentially easing the initial discomfort.
When people have been living in pain for any length of time, it can be difficult to differentiate these sensations, so I encourage you to listen closely to your body and I will meet you where you are in the process. The most effective and deepest massage works with the body’s natural responses, not against them.
What Should I Expect Afterward?
Bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems. Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up from the massage table.
After a session, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from discomfort that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity.
After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity, which can last for several days. Since toxins are released from your tissue during a massage, it is recommended that you DRINK PLENTY OF WATER following your massage.
Following a massage, it is possible to have some soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout. This is a normal response within the body when circulation and resulting detoxification is increased.
You will likely feel subtle shifts occurring over the following days as well. Some examples are:
- EASE OF PAIN – less intensity and frequency of the pain in various areas of your body
- Easier mobility when walking and moving in your daily life
- Deeper sleep patterns
- Constipation or other digestive concerns may subside
- Stress, irritability and anxiety levels may lessen
- Energy levels may feel increased
- and more…!
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. As your body-mind awareness is enhanced, you may find that you experience deeper relaxation and great gains in overall wellness with each massage therapy session.
Does Recovery Health Day Spa Sale Gift Certificates?
Yes! TEXT 901-300-0641 to purchase a gift certificate . I will reply to you within 1 business day to arrange your gift certificate purchase and delivery.
What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
A 24 hours notice is needed to cancel an appointment, or 100% of your massage/treatment fee will apply. If you purchased a voucher a 24 hour notice is need to cancel an appointment. If a cancellation is less than the required 24 hours notice is given, it means that the voucher is forfeited.
If I am sick with cold or flu should I still come to my appointment?
If you are in the early and most contagious stage (first 48-72 hours) of a cold, please do NOT come in for your session. If you have the FLU do not come. Please text or reschedule your appointment online with as much notice as possible, so that I may be able to fill the spot with a client on my wait-list. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this matter. Please note, my cancellation fee will not be charged for last minute cancellations that are due to cold, flu or severe illness. Please click the "Reschedule Now" but to cancel or reschedule your appointment.